Healing Hosptial: a Daring Paradigm

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Healing Hospital: A Daring Paradigm
Karen Perion
Grand Canyon University

Healing Hospital: A Daring Paradigm
A theme that is emerging in the healthcare setting is that of a Healing Hospital. Patients and families can feel less stressed and know they are being taken care of by dedicated employees. The focus is on the patient and their care; not the disease. The patient can be assured that any hospital encounter will be one of smiles, loving service, and competent clinical care. “A Healing Hospital is about loving service to others” (Chapman, 2011, p. 4). The healing paradigm involves every aspect of the person; physical, mental, and spiritual. As part of the healing arm of the paradigm, addressing the family’s cognitive, emotional and spiritual concerns can help with coping (Milstein, 2005). “Curing involves “doing to” patients; healing, on the other hand, is facilitated by “being with” them (Milstein, 2005, p. 566). Care should go beyond just the physical aspect and should involve a holistic approach. Creating a healing environment does involve some challenges and overcoming those barriers is essential to the growth of the hospital. “A Healing Hospital is not built with bricks and mortar” (Chapman, 2011, p. 4). A Healing Hospital is composed of three different qualities; a strong commitment to leadership, systems and structures, and teaching through dialogue and inquiry. Chapman (2011), discusses different Healing Hospitals; one of them being Riverside Methodist in Columbus, Ohio. The mission, core values, and pledge of this hospital are many, but a part of their pledge stood out strongly. “Our first responsibility is to the patients we serve. We respect the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our patients and find that compassion is essential to fostering healing and wholeness” (Ohio Health Believe in WE, 2011). A strong commitment to leadership is part of the Healing Hospital. You must have a deep commitment from the leaders...
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