Spiritualityin Health Care
Spiritualityin Health Care
Whenplanning and building a hospital, most people focus on the cost ofthe project, the number of employees, location of every department,the number of beds it can hold, among other factors. However, somehospitals, such as Mercy Gilbert Medical Centre was so determined tonot only build a hospital, but also a healing hospital with a healingenvironment (Sadler and Guenther, 2015). Specifically, an environmentthat helps patients to feel comfortable and safe, as well remind itsstaff their role in the health industry. To come up with a healinghospital, these three key components should be put intoconsideration: a healing physical environment, an integration of workdesign and technology, as well as a culture of radical loving care.This paper discusses these three components of a healing hospital inrespect to spirituality, challenges of creating a healingenvironment, and the biblical aspects that support healing hospitalconcept.
AHealing Physical Environment
Ahealing environment does not only involve the patient, but also thepatient’s family members and friends. According to (Sadler, et.al., 2015), a true healing environment should help patients and theirfamilies to cope with illness stress. A healing environment should becool and quiet, that is, conducive for sleeping. Medics urge thatwhen a patient is asleep, cell regenerate faster hence, acceleratethe healing process. Therefore, a healing hospital opts to have somephysical characteristics that promote a quite environment. Forinstance, it should have a silencer on the cleaning machines,carpeted floors and hallways, and free from overhead paging, loudmachines, in-room intercoms, voices calling each other, and rollingdown hallways. A quite environment is also a secondary advantagebecause it also creates a stress-free environment to the caregivers.They are less distracted hence, there are minimal chances of makingmedical errors. Additionally, a quite environment does not only carefor the medical well-being of a patient, but also for the emotionaland spiritual well-being.
Integrationof Work Design and Technology
Ahealing hospital work closely with designers who designs it in a waysthat are more efficient both for the patients and staff members,enhances patients’ privacy and security, as well ensure technologypromote a healing environment. Technology in a hospital encompassesmany things ranging from elevators to medical machines. Zborowsky andKreitzer (2008) urge that patient should have privacy and security.This helps preserve the patients’ dignity throughout theirhospitalization. A healing hospital should have the latest machinesin their radiology and laboratory department. Technologicallyadvanced equipment offer the best healthcare services, as well asspeed up processes and results. Additionally, patients can takeadvantage of the latest technology in pulmonary testing, cardiology,and radiology. On the other hand, the physician can access testresults from the comfort of their offices hence, there is speed updecision-making and treatment.
ACulture of Radical Loving Care
Thisis the most critical component of a healing hospital. If a hospitalhas beautiful buildings, gardens, artwork, and advanced technology,but lacks compassionate care culture, then, that is a mere hospital,not a healing hospital. In other words, a healing hospital has astrong compassionate care culture based on radical loving careprinciples. Erie Chapman mastered the “radical loving care”philosophy and defined it as a chain of continuous caring lightaround every patient (Chapman and Chapman, 2004). This involvesjoining all caregivers together and creating a caring environmentthat focuses on every patient. It reminds caregivers their purpose inthe healthcare centers. Additionally, through a holistic approach,this philosophy caters for the patient physical, emotional, andspiritual needs. Furthermore, a healing hospital chooses its staffmembers based on their passion for helping others.
Challengesof a Healing Hospital
Unfortunately,creating a healing hospital is a challenge. Firstly, it is complex tobring all staff members, nurses, doctors, and physicians on board andfeed them with the philosophy of a healing environment. It isessential for healing hospital staff to support a healing hospitalphilosophy, as well as create a radical loving care culture (Chapman,et. al., 2004). However, this is easier said than done. Secondly, itis a challenge to create a quiet environment. Very few hospitals canafford to carpet their floors, install silencers on cleaningmachines, and avoid overhead paging. Thirdly, it is costly tointegrate work design and technology in hospitals. For instance,electronic medical record system is very efficient while accessingthe medical record of a patient. However, it is very expensive topurchase it.
BiblicalConcept of a Healing Hospital
Biblically,the concept of healing hospital is acceptable. There are Bible versesthat support the philosophy of healing. For example, Jeremiah 33: 6tells about health and healing. It states people should enjoy theabundance of peace and truth after they are healed. Correspondingly,healing hospitals support the biblical concept of healing. Accordingto Bible (2015), caregivers facilitate physical, emotion, andspiritual healing that give sense to peace and truth. Further, in theNew Testament, Jesus gave his disciple the power to cure diseases andto cast out demons. However, the Bible is against giving money forhealing purposes. Jesus asks his disciples to preach the gospel, healthe sick, but they should take nothing in return.
Fora healing hospital to be successful, it should institute the threecomponents of the healing environment. Besides, it should come upwith strategies to overcome barriers and challenges that accompany ahealing hospital. In essence, all hospitals should consider becominghealing hospitals, as well as provide their patients withcompassionate care and increase staff satisfaction.
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