We must also understand that it is “not just random, thoughtful gestures but rather a continuous chain of loving care—kindness and skill from every caregiver (including leaders) to every patient and to one another” (Ananth, 2009).
Concepts of a healing hospital There are several concepts that must be understood as part of a Healing Hospital in which each hospital has their own mission, vision and statement.
These aspects are created to let the public be aware of what they can expect from the hospital as a whole. As stated by St. Joseph’s hospital (2013), their mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by continually improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve. In addition to their mission statement, their components include dignity, service, excellence and justice.
They go on to state that these components in relationship to spirituality are to respect each person as an inherently valuable member of the human community and as a unique expression of life, bring people together who recognize that every interaction is a unique opportunity to serve one another, the community, and society, personal and professional development, accountability, innovation, teamwork, and commitment to quality and advocate for systems and structures that are attuned to the needs of the vulnerable and disadvantaged and that promote a sense of community among all persons (St.
Most patients go through different healing processes such as Emotional and Spiritual healing process, these healing process are different and individual to each patient. Due to the uniqueness of each patient hospitals are facing challenges to treat their patients. Most hospitals are developing methods to overcome these challenges. One of the methods they are developing includes spiritual settings ...
Joseph’s hospital, 2013).
To also ensure that their mission is fulfilled through spirituality, the hospital follows the letter written by the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph over 350 years ago to create the perfect care to all patients. This component includes members would consecrate their lives to God, live together in small groups, and combine a life of prayer with an active ministry to the sick and the poor (St. Joseph’s hospital, 2013) and thus using this in today’s society creates a strong relationship between the health care worker and the patient.
Challenges of Creating a Healing Environment There can be many challenges a patient will face when being in the hospital environment. Some can be emotional, such as depression or anxiety while some can be physical like weakness or loss of feeling in an arm or leg. On the other hand, maybe it can be a challenge in regards to psychological where the patient hears strange noises and becomes disoriented or even maybe economically because they are worried about how much the hospital bill is going to be.
All of these things can cause challenges in creating a healing environment while being in the hospital because they are all added stressors to the patient’s well-being. While a hospital tries to set up an environment that is comfortable and safe, sometimes it is the things that we might overlook that can be the biggest challenge to the patient and hinder their highest level of health. According to Neigher and Hakim (2011), healing is defined as more than recovery from illness or injury; it is allowing a patient to reach his or her optimal health, with a focus on prevention and health promotion. Biblical Passage
One biblical passage that I believe supports the concept of a healing hospital is one that states: “The men designated by name took the prisoners, and from the plunder they clothed all who were naked. They provided them with clothes and sandals, food and drink, and healing balm. All those who were weak they put on donkeys. So they took them back to their fellow Israelites at Jericho, the City of Palms, and returned to Samaria” (2 Chronicles 28:15, New International Version).
David, King of Jews, possessed every weakness and sin that “a man of blood” is capable and yet God still showered and bestowed him with abundant blessings. He was the adulterer of Bathsheba whom he forced to go with him to bed and convinced to lie about her pregnancy to her husband Uriah. He was the murderer of his friend Uriah whom he sent in front of the battlefield if only to own Bathsheba. He ...
I believe that this is a concept of a healing hospital because as health care workers, we provide for our patients as the men did in this passage.
They named the prisoners to give them an identity as we do when we call our patients by their name, not their room number. This helps the patient to become comfortable and allows for an open communication between health care worker and themselves. Hsu (2008) stated that “factors that facilitate healing help build relationships, improve communication, and share responsibility between the patient and clinician. ” The men also provided the prisoners with all of the supplies they would need to ensure the healing process can begin as to which health care workers do while a patient is in the hospital.
Another biblical passage that I believe supports the concept of a healing hospital comes from Mark 2: 9-12, New International Version, “ Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. ” So he said to the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home. ” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this! I believe that this passage is a concept of a healing hospital for the sometimes ‘difficult’ patients that we encounter. Sometimes patient’s come to the hospital because their husband or wife asks them to or because family has even forced them to in some sort of way. These patients then become very shut down and sometimes non-compliant with treatment; they are non believers in the faith of God. As in the story, the teachers of law did not believe that God should just have cleaned the paralyzed man from all of his sins so in turn God proved his power by cleaning the paralyzed man of his sins and then giving him the power to walk again.
A healing hospital is with a concept of giving compassionate, loving, and efficient care to patient as well as to the family members and to community. It should be built in tradition of love as the center for healing. Within the framework, a faith in God that balanced between the technological and scientific achievements and the demand of spiritual needs of a human being. Healing is a journey ...
This proved to the teachers of the law how powerful God is and the faith was now within them. Consequently, it seems that once a patient is in the hospital that really doesn’t want to be there and begins to receive treatment making them feel better, that faith then starts to become a part of them. They in turn become more receptive to treatment and their journey to healing begins. References Ananth, S. (2009).
Hospitals & Health Networks – Places of Healing. Retrieved May 3, 2013, from http://www. hhnmag. com/hhnmag/jsp/articledisplay. jsp? crpath=HHNMAG/Article/data/05MAY2009/090526HHN_Online_Ananth&domain=HHNMAG Hsu, C. (2008).
Healing in Primary Care: A Vision Shared by Patients, Physicians, Nurses, and Clinical Staff. Retrieved May 5, 2013, from http://www. ncbi. nlm. nih. gov/pmc/articles/PMC2478495/ Neigher, W. , & Hakim, S. (2011).
Creating a Sustainable “Healing Culture” Throughout a Healthcare System. Retrieved May 4, 2013, from http://www. gjcpp. org/pdfs/WBN-SH-final. pdf St. Joseph Health – Integrated Healthcare Delivery System. (2013).
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