Healing Hospital: a Daring Paradigm

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Healing Hospital: A Daring Paradigm
Nathalie Conti
HLT310V – Foundations of Spirituality in Health Care
Grand Canyon University
February 12th, 2011

Healing Hospital: A Daring Paradigm
The healing hospital paradigm focuses on the removal of stress and other health risks in the hospital environment for both patients and visitors. These factors are intrinsic to the hospital setting and not the ailments being treated within. For example, stress for patients is generated through painful therapeutic procedures, loss of social life, change in financial status due to the healthcare expenditures, etc. Minimization of these stressors ensures that the patient’s well-being is maintained while the comprehensive care and attention aspects of the paradigm ensures that patient’s recovery processes are maximized without infringements upon their privacy and dignity. The healing hospital paradigm involves healing the whole client (Young & Koopsen, 2006, p. 4) instead of just curing the disease. This emerges from the paradigm’s focuses on healing beyond the body physical: it aims to enhance the overall well being by addressing the patient’s and their families’ cognitive, emotional and spiritual concerns (Milstein, 2005).
Within the context of the hospital setting, barriers and complexities must be overcome to create a healing environment. This paper examines the paradigm of the healing hospital, identifying its impact on the care giving process, detailing its components and illuminating its connection with spirituality.
Components of a Healing Hospital
A healing hospital goes beyond windows, walls, and mortar. Its strong culture of love and caring is what sets it apart from traditional hospitals (Chapman, 2010, p.15). The healing hospital consists of three fundamental components.
A healing physical environment
This means that the hospitals should be…...