Healing Arts Experts To Guide Activities aimed at Engaging The 5 Senses to promote Relaxation and Restoration
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (September 14, 2016) – Anyone who has suffered an illness or injury, or has helped a loved through the healing process, knows that successful recovery is a balance between body, mind, and spirit.
White Plains Hospital, a member of the Montefiore Health System, is joining forces with Montefiore’s Healing Arts Program and ArtsWestchester to help the Westchester community achieve that balance—in an afternoon designed to teach strategies to reduce stress and promote relaxation to prevent illness, enhance quality of life, and speed up recovery and healing.
The event, which is open to the public, will be held in White Plains Hospital’s new Center for Cancer Care at 2 Longview Avenue in White Plains on Tuesday, September 20th from 3:00pm – 7:00pm.
At the event, experts from Montefiore’s Health System’s well-established Healing Arts Program—a network that uses the arts, creative arts therapies, and other art-based approaches to healing —will offer guided relaxation through a series of sensory activities designed to engage the five senses.
ArtsWestchester, the County’s designated arts council, with the help of dynamic textile artist Mary McFerran, will engage participants in a collaborative art project. Participants will be invited to create a small watercolor painting with a particularly soothing color palette to reflect their feelings of good health. Ms. McFerran will then combine each contribution into a larger painted mosaic that will later be displayed in the Hospital.
Other event elements include:
- Informative Healing touch therapy demonstrations by Toyoko Yasui, RN, Holistic Nurse Coordinator and other White Plains Hospital staff
- Painting stations
- Spa-like giveaways to stimulate the 5 senses: Dark chocolate, strawberries, herbal teas (taste); nature photos (sight); Sachets of rose petals and lavender oil (scent); lavender hand lotion (touch); meditative CDs (sound).
A holistic approach to wellness is a cornerstone of White Plains Hospital’s philosophy of patient care. Its principles are reflected in the Hospital’s ongoing campus transformation, resulting in aesthetically soothing spaces that promote health and healing. It’s also integral to new services to support the whole person that the Hospital offers for both patients and caregivers, like Healing Touch and Reiki, both available in its new Center for Cancer Care.
Event admission is free and guests are welcome to drop in at any time during the four-hour period. For more information, visit: www.montefiore.org/artrelaxes
About White Plains Hospital
White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a proud member of the Montefiore Health System, serving as its tertiary hub of advanced care in the Hudson Valley. WPH is a 292-bed not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Center for Cancer Care, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, seeing nearly 57,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital performs lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, M.D. Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Marie Promuto Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. White Plains Hospital also has outpatient medical facilities in Armonk and New Rochelle. The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2015 and 2013. The Hospital is also an eleven-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet® designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In 2014 and 2016, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades®, given to only 10% of hospitals nationwide. For additional information, visit http://www.wphospital.org.
About Montefiore Health System
Montefiore Health System is one of New York’s premier academic health systems and is a recognized leader in providing exceptional quality and personalized, accountable care to approximately three million people in communities across the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley. It is comprised of 10 hospitals, including the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and close to 200 outpatient care sites. The advanced clinical and translational research at its’ medical school, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, directly informs patient care and improves outcomes. From the Montefiore-Einstein Centers of Excellence in cancer, cardiology and vascular care, pediatrics, and transplantation, to its’ preeminent school-based health program, Montefiore is a fully integrated healthcare delivery system providing coordinated, comprehensive care to patients and their families. For more information please visit www.montefiore.org. Follow us on Twitter and view us on Facebook and YouTube.
For more than 50 years, ArtsWestchester has been the community’s connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest, private, not-for-profit arts council in New York State. Its mission is to provide leadership, vision, and support, to ensure the availability, accessibility, and diversity of the arts. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester County. ArtsWestchester helps fund concerts, exhibitions and plays through grants; brings artists into schools and community centers; advocates for the arts; and builds audiences through diverse marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations, and the community. A two-story gallery is located on the first floor of ArtsWestchester’s historic building on Mamaroneck Avenue.