Religious beliefs and practices are an important aspect in many of the patients’ lives who are seeking medical care and the proper treatment in medical institutions all over. This has been a challenge for many physicians and medical professionals because their training consists primarily on dealing with and treating different types of diseases and diagnoses (McCormick,1998). Another issue that has been surrounding this topic is the privacy of the patients which medical professionals are concerned not to impose on. Doctor patient confidentiality is something that is common and a phrase that has been used widely for some time now.
This is something most of us have heard of and are quite comfortable with because we like to keep our information such as medical history private. Confidentiality is an issue that falls under the ethics of our medical professionals and it is more of a requirement that each doctor has to swear by. Crossing the line with patients is not something doctors want to do and are not comfortable being a part of. This comes to question when we talk about the many religious practices and beliefs that are out there and how to incorporate it into the medical field to give people a choice and provide the proper medical care at the same time.
Although being a sensitive subject it is not unheard of since there are hospitals and different types of medical institutions that have found a way to provide both without infringing on patients comfort and their personal beliefs. Combining proper health care and religion together has not been a problem for Mercy Gilbert Medical Center in Arizona. Mercy Gilbert Medical Center has found a way to incorporate health care and religion so to speak and create a healing hospital that prides itself on providing a healing facility and a healing culture.
“A Healing Hospital (which is a designation awarded by the Baptist Healing Trust, Nashville, Tenn. ) goes beyond the glass, bricks and mortar” Laurie Eberst reports (Eberst). This Healing hospital has three concepts which they have made sort of a foundation out of and they are a healing physical environment, the integration of work design and technology and a culture of radical care. A healing physical environment is key to patient’s recovery process and way to create this is to provide patients with quiet and serene atmosphere which excludes any factors that would create extra stress for patients.
Some of the stressful factors for patients include loud intercoms, overhead paging and loud machines in the hallways. A stress free environment is not only beneficial to patients but also advantageous to doctors and nurses as well who end up working in a calmer setting. The third foundational concept is the integration of work design and technology which is a way to provide more privacy for the patients and at the same time give the staff the opportunity to work more efficiently.
One example they were able to do this is with the back of the house elevators which provide more privacy for the patients as they are being wheeled into the surgery rooms or their radiology treatment (Eberst). This way patients do not have to worry about running into their neighbors or anyone else they do not desire to see in those moments. The third, final and the most important foundational concept is the culture of radical loving care.
Through radical care Mercy Gilbert Medical Center likes to remind all of their medical staff what the actual reason for them getting into this field was to begin with. This concept also not only does it provide their patients with the solution to their physical needs but the emotional as well as their spiritual needs. The important thing to remember is that patients come to the hospital with serious issues and this can be a very scary time for them and probably the most stressful, and it is at this time that the medical staff tries to make as comfortable as possible.
Health and wellness being a big subject nowadays doesn’t make it a new subject however and it is something that has been dealt with and talked about since the beginning of time so it seems. Health is also a very strong biblical subject and it is referred to throughout the bible and other holy scriptures. The bible itself doesn’t contain the word health but the content itself is recognized just as that when it is being referred to healing. Health is being talked about in the sense of longevity and strengths which in turn are physical characteristics which falls under the well-being that in turn lies in the heart of God. “And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness… “
(Deuteronomy 7:15 King James Version). While not an exact wording about health the reference is there and the meaning has been made clear. Another verse talking about health in the scripture is “Praise the Lord, my soul, and never forget all the good he has done: He is the one who forgives all your sins, the one who heals all your diseases. ” (Psalms 103:2-3).
This verse in particular is saying that God will heal you if you turn your life to him and follow in path he has planned for you. Health and sickness is a part of life and something we have to deal with throughout our lives. As we learn more and move forward as humanity we are introduced to different things in life that promote our health as well as destroy it. In some cases we do not have choices and when we are presented with situations that force us to go to a medical facility we should know what our choices are and where we fit the best.
For this reason we should do our research and find out exactly what the type of facility we would feel more comfortable in. For those that spirituality and religion play a big part needs to know that they have a choice because nowadays there are places that strongly concentrate on those important issues. Places like the Mercy Gilbert Medical Center in Arizona who has made it their primary concern to provide the care their patient’s desire and incorporate their spirituality and their religion because they feel it is crucial to their healing process.
Refrences Eberst, L. (n. d. ). Healing hospital. Retrieved from http://www. bestcompaniesaz. com/pdf/HealingHospital. pdf Jubilee, C. (1998). Biblical perspectives on health and health care relationships. Retrieved from http://www. jubilee-centre. org/uploaded/files/Biblical Perspectives on Health and Healthcare. pdf McCormick, T. (1998). spirituality and medicine. Retrieved from http://depts. washington. edu/bioethx/topics/spirit. html.