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2012 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Cancer Patient Support Services Offers New Creative Class for Cancer Patients and Family Members
12/17/2012

CLEARWATER, Fla., (December 17, 2012) – Morton Plant Mease’s Cancer Patient Support Services (CaPSS) invites cancer patients and their families to a new creative arts program starting in 2013, that focuses on the connection between creativity and health and how tapping into a person’s creative side can impact the healing process and recovery.

The Art of Well-Being will tap into participants’ creative side through the arts and discover how creativity can help reduce stress and improve a patient’s overall health and well-being. A different creative experience including: painting, journaling, poetry, music and movement will be offered each month in a safe environment for cancer patients and their family members.

“When a patient has the opportunity to be in a comfortable environment and focus on a creative process, it can help reduce stress and gain focus that can lead to calming the body for mental and physical recovery,” says Ben Yan, MD, Morton Plant Mease oncologist. “There have been several recent studies done showing how the arts can benefit the healing process, and mental well-being along with a regular exercise regimen is extremely important for patients undergoing treatment for cancer.”

CaPPS will offer The Art of Well-Being program once a month facilitated by Diane McMillen, a nine-year breast cancer survivor, co-facilitator of the Tampa Bay Breast Cancer Support Group and recent graduate of the Ringling College of Art & Design Arts & Healing Certificate program. All supplies will be provided. The classes are scheduled on the following dates:

Thursday, January 17

4 p.m.

Morton Plant Hospital, Axelrod Pavilion

400 Pinellas St., Clearwater

Thursday, February 21

4 p.m.

Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Room 5

3231 McMullen Booth Rd., Safety Harbor, FL

Thursday, March 21

6 p.m.

Morton Plant Hospital, Axelrod Pavilion

400 Pinellas St., Clearwater

Thursday, April 18

6 p.m.

Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Room 5

3231 McMullen Booth Rd., Safety Harbor, FL

Space is limited; registration is required. To register: (727) 953-6877.

About Cancer Patient Support Services

Cancer Patient Support Services (CaPSS) offers individual counseling, education, support groups, case management/patient navigation and other supportive services to Morton Plant Mease cancer patients, their families and friends at no cost.  In addition, CaPSS support groups are open to any cancer patient, family member or friend in the community.

About Morton Plant Mease

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.

 

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