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Healing Hospital: A Daring Paradigm
Karen McDevitt
Grand Canyon University
Spirituality in Health Care
HLT 310V
Patricia Mullen
April 07, 2011

Healing Hospital: A Daring Paradigm
Service, Integrity, Safety, Trust, and Respect may be the core values established as guidelines for hospitals’ staff members. Without love it will not qualify as a Healing Hospital. The employees need to embrace the human spirit and incorporate genuine love, compassion, and selflessness in their daily encounters with the patients and other staff. There needs to be a continuous chain of caring from employee to patient, leadership to employee, and employee to employee. It first begins with leadership. Love can flourish in an environment that encourages it, but it takes commitment. Eric Chapman, founding president and chief executive officer of the Baptist Healing Trust in Nashville, Tennessee, envisioned a healing hospital that wound not only tend to an individuals’ physical aspect of healing but to the spiritual component of the mind, body, soul connection (Chapman). This paper will describe the healing hospital paradigm and how spirituality influences it. In addition, the barriers to the implementation of the Healing Hospital Paradigm will be discussed as well as Biblical scriptures that support the concept of compassion, love, and faith as influential cornerstones to health. Introduction of a Healing Hospital

A Healing Hospital is a concept where a continuous chain of loving care is carried throughout the organization with kindness and skill from every caregiver (including leaders) to every patient and to one another (Chapman, 2003, p. 10). This climate of loving service incorporates loving care and clinical care in a new and exciting vision of clinical excellence. It does not abandon modern technology yet true excellence is built upon the most important principle of human experience- loving one...
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