Compassionate care fueled by love and commitment is the basis of the Healing Hospital concept. The main mission is to improve health. Healing is enabled in many different ways; spiritually, physically, emotionally, and holistically. The Healing Hospital concept is made up of three main components; a healing physical environment, the integration of work design and technology, and a culture of Radical Loving Care. Several challenges and complexities can affect whether a care facility may be able to become a Healing Hospital.
Financial restrictions, finding the right people to staff the facility, and the layout of the existing structure are some examples of the challenges. Two passages from the bible support the concept of the Healing Hospital. One speaks of quiet and peace, while the other addresses compassion. Components of the Healing Hospital Concept A Healing Physical Environment Healing Hospitals aim to create healing environments that offer comfort, compassionate care, and meeting of spiritual and emotional needs. The environment should also promote self-healing (Zarren, n. d. ) and be calming and visually appealing.
According to Laurie Eberst, in order to promote healing, it is important that the environment be quiet, giving the patient a chance to sleep with minimum disruptions (2008). Having a calm environment can help lessen the stress of disease and help the patient and family concentrate on the task at hand: healing. These environments are not only for the patient’s benefits, but for all that enter the hospital. When the staff is able to feel comfortable and cared for while providing care to the patients and family members, it reflects in the health care workers’ demeanor and performance.
This also holds true for the family members of the patient, when they feel supported and loved, they are able to cope better and to help their loved one heal (Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, 2012). An environment that offers love, compassion, and spiritual freedom often lends to the promotion of healing and reduction of stress and hurt. Integrating Work Design and Technology In order for any hospital to be effective in treating patients, they must be up to date with their diagnostic equipment and machines, have an efficient layout, and offer other technology and tools to the patients, staff, and visitors.
Having technology can expedite test results and lead to faster treatment and care. Technology can also help the health care team correspond faster and more clearly. Such examples of technology for the patient’s and family’s benefits and comfort are interactive videos of what their disease or care may involve, ease of access to their provider or nurse, and calming music (Anonymous, 2009). Privacy is an important component to any individual’s care. It is understandable that someone would want to mend without a barrage of curiosity or questions from those who do not need to know the private details.
It is essential when planning a layout of the floors, that patients are afforded privacy and security, while giving the staff efficient access to patient rooms, nurse’s stations and supplies. A Culture of Radical Loving Care The idea and philosophy of “Radical Loving Care” was brought about by Erie Chapman. This care depends on the commitment, compassion, and consistency of the health care providers. If these elements are not included, then healing can be affected, and the hospital would not truly be a “Healing Hospital. ”
Mr.Chapman’s philosophy reminds health care workers why they first decided to become involved in the care of people, and “promotes the healing of patients through a holistic approach that meets not only the patient’s physical needs but also his or her emotional and spiritual needs” (Eberst, 2008). Addressing and meeting the spiritual needs of the patient and family plays a major role in helping the patient heal. It is important to recognize that spirituality is significant in healing and the patient’s life because of the mind-body-spirit connection. If one part is ignored, another may suffer and that may be detrimental to healing.
Radical Loving Care is encouraged towards not only patients, but peers and coworkers as well. It serves to build relationships within the health care community and with patients. These relationships enhance the hospital environment, as well the loving and spiritual care given. Challenges in Creating a Healing Environment While a Healing Hospital is ideal and should be adopted by all care facilities worldwide, there are many barriers and challenges to make this a reality. Finding staff that meets the criteria of what a Healing Hospital entails can be complex and time consuming.
In order to ensure that the right individual is being chosen to care for patients, they must be met with and interviewed in person so they may be evaluated. Due to the fact that spirituality has a different meaning for everyone, it may pose a challenge when a health care worker is trying to meet their spiritual needs. Because of this, the staff should be conscientious of the patient, and be sure to ask them how their needs should be addressed. Being clear and concise often results in a distinct answer. Other complex challenges with creating a Healing Hospital are the noise and privacy factors.
With existing buildings, the layout often cannot be changed without a considerable expense, so it may be impossible to get the level of privacy and efficiency that is desired. If there are patient rooms situated outside of a busy corridor or nurse’s station, it may be hard to keep the noise at a level acceptable to facilitating proper rest. Signs may be placed to keep individuals aware that noise levels need to be kept down, but loud doors closing and machine noises often cannot be adjusted. A major barrier to forming a Healing Hospital is financial restrictions.
Changes of large scale proportions are expensive, especially when considering advanced technological and medical equipment. If the financial resources to make the changes needed are not available, it may not be possible to make the modifications needed to become a Healing Hospital. Without intense planning, financial support, and the manpower to support the changes needed, a care facility may not reach the potential to become a Healing Hospital. Biblical Passage Supporting Concepts There are many passages in the bible that talk about healing, compassion, service, spirituality, and love.
There are two of those that are especially relevant in supporting the concept of a Healing Hospital. The first passage is chapter 32, verse 18 from Isaiah in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. It says, “And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places”. This verse speaks of living in peace and quiet. If this is true in health, it must be especially true when it comes to healing from disease and ailments. The second passage comes from The Epistle of Jude, verse 22, “And of some have compassion, making a difference.
” While this verse is short, it is impactful in how compassion, even a little bit from a small group, can make a difference. Whether it is by holding a hand while a patient is dying, praying with a patient and their family, or by being a shoulder to cry on; these small showings of compassion and love can make a difference in the lives of those that are being cared for. A Healing Hospital cannot be if it weren’t for the love, compassion, safety, and caring provided by health care workers and they patients they work so hard to heal. Conclusion
The Healing Hospitals offer so much more than just diagnosing and treating of bodily ailments. They offer love, compassion, spiritual and emotional support, and the tools needed to heal. Having a quiet, calm, and visually appealing place to heal, as well as the technologically advanced machines and equipment, can help a patient and their family be assured that they are in the best possible place for healing. When a patient, their family, and the health care workers at the Healing Hospital feel comfortable and loved, it reflects in the care given and the healing process.
Even with the many challenges and barriers that come with changing a hospital into a Healing Hospital, it is possible with the proper planning and finances. There are many reasons to go through the hardships of converting a hospital, and with the many verses in the bible, there is plenty of support behind the concept of a Healing Hospital. References Anonymous. Mendocino Coast District Hospital. (2009). Mendocino Coast District Hospital Becomes One of Nation’s First “Healing Hospitals”. New York: PR Newswire Association. Retrieved on October 30, 2012 from https://library. gcu. edu:2443/login? url=http://search. proquest.
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