Healing Arts Network

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For information on Healing Arts Network therapies, please call 910-667-5870 or 910-667-7973.

We offer integrative therapies through the Healing Arts Network (HAN), a group of certified therapists who work with the medical teams to improve the quality of life of our patients. We use a variety of mind and body approaches that complement medical care and promote healing. Patients learn to relax, manage pain, express feelings and try new coping skills.

How To Access the Healing Arts Network

Healing Arts services are ordered by a physician to coordinate with your overall plan of care. Patients who are interested in Healing Arts services should let their nurse or physician know. An assessment will be completed so the appropriate services can be provided.

Contact the Healing Arts Network

For more information about Healing Arts Networks and their services, call Maureen Dugan at 910-667-7973 or Michele Erich at 910-667-5870.

How can I support the Healing Arts Network?

The Healing Arts Network is funded through the generous contributions of our donors. To support the work of the Healing Arts Network, contact the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation at 910-667-5002.

Healing Arts Network programs include:

Expressive Therapy

Talking, writing, drawing, painting, focused breathing, progressive relaxation, meditation and guided imagery can all help to improve health by reducing stress.

Music Therapy

Music can have powerful effects on the patient's health. It can improve mood, change heart rate and lower blood pressure and stress. Patients may listen to or create music and songs to help express feelings and decrease pain while learning how to relax.

Child Life

Child Life programs can reduce the stress experienced by children and families, helping them cope with their hospital experience by using musical instruments, painting, and games as positive outlets.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy helps patients relax. This lowers blood pressure, boosts the immune system and decreases pain. Full body or partial massage gives patients an overall feeling of comfort.

Therapeutic Touch

By moving the hands over the body, the therapist helps balance the patient's energy. This subtle work helps the patient relax and heal. Therapeutic touch is scientifically based in nursing practice.


Gentle yoga movements, simple stretches, guided relaxation and awareness of one's breathing help improve blood pressure, flexibility, balance and other body functions. Yoga reduces stress and brings peace of mind.

CranioSacral Therapy

This therapy uses light touch to release restrictions in the body and create balance. A special process, called somatoemotional release, can help relieve the lasting effects of trauma and illness. It is effective for a wide range of medical problems.

Tai Chi/Qi Gong

These slow exercises and breathing techniques increase the flow of energy through the body. It improves balance, fosters a calm state of mind, and enhances health and vitality.

Pet Therapy

The Healing Arts Network provides trained pet therapy dog visits with patients. Interaction with these affectionate animals calms, comforts and lifts the spirits.