Halifax Health welcomes Kristin Heron as Medical Arts Coordinator

by: John Guthrie

Vice President, Communications, Halifax Health

Halifax Health is proud to announce that Kristin Heron is the inaugural Medical Arts Coordinator with Halifax Health – Oncology Center.

Heron graduated from Rollins College with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Music and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also earned a degree in Graphic Design Technology from Daytona State College. At UF Health Shands, she participated in the Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive Program and volunteered at the hospital during the program. Additionally, she is Curator of Education, Outreach and Exhibits at the Ormond Memorial Museum and Gardens in Ormond Beach. She is a painter and photographer in her spare time.

Just as the arts enhance lives outside of the health care setting, the Arts in Medicine program provides opportunities for patients, health care workers, caregivers, and families to connect with the parts of themselves that are still doing well.

“The arts give those in medical situations a way to share who they are as a whole person, rather than a person defined by a diagnosis, and in doing so open the way to connection and empathy,” Heron said.

Patients will experiment with a variety of creative modalities beginning with visual art projects and musical performances, eventually incorporating writing, acting and more. Artistic projects will include collaborative art projects, music, chairside art kits, and group experiences with art and music patient navigators.

“Being an artist herself, Kristin appreciates the benefits of artistic outlets in healthcare settings,” said Julie Roth, Service Line Administrator for Halifax Health – Center for Oncology. “Halifax Health – Oncology Center is proud to have Kristin on our team as she has worked with veterans and other arts healing programs.”

Halifax Health plans to expand this program into all aspects of its medical care with musical performances and visual art experiences. The Arts in Medicine program is made possible by a generous endowment of $400,000 from Andy and Molly Clark of All Aboard Properties. According to Andy Clark, “Seeing the generosity of others made me think about what we could do to help those in medical need and/or during treatment regimens. The idea of ​​providing therapeutic arts was natural.