HealingHospital a Darling Paradigm
HealingHospital and their Relationship to Spirituality
Ahealing hospital is a concept where an incessant string of amorouscare is carried all through the organization with benevolence andproficiency from all caregivers to all patients and to one another(Chapman, 2003). Spirituality is closely connected to human spirit. Mc Call (2004) defines spirituality as the tackling definitivequestions about life’s meaning in an inspirational way. The mainassumption is that there is more in human life than can be seen withthe eyes or be understood. Spirituality calls for more than selfinterest, to the compassion and concern for others. Nonetheless, tofully encompass human experience Chapman (2003) adopt the followingdefinition that spirituality is that which offers meaning, connectionand purpose for a person, a group of people or a community.
Whenwe channel our focus on the concept of spirituality and healinghospital, the caregivers in health institutions consider theemotional facet. Chapman (2003) notes that individuals do nottransform into one-dimensional beings when they become patients, inreal sense the emotional needs increases when the human body is in aweak condition. Chapman derives a model that equates loving care tohigh standard. In this model, it is assumed that where there is apatient there is the disease and humanity is displayed by the way thehealthcare givers handle the patient. Humanity is this respectdenotes the healthcare giver feeling about the ailment (Chapman,2003). It is important to state that the concept of healing hospitalis not against the modern practices applied in medicine rathermission to restore semblance in what appears like an derangedhealthcare system. Healing hospital strive to amalgamate physical,spiritual psychological and social factors in the art of giving careto the sick (Mc Call, 2004).
Healinghospital must transcend the walls, windows and mortar and seek tocreation of culture of compassion, care and love. There must be healing physical environment, that means that the health facilitiesshould be free of physical stressors that may be a source of stressto the ailing patient. Second there should be an integrated workdesign and technology that shield the patient and the caregivers fromattaining the needed contact, communication and attachment. Finallythere should be a culture of radical love (Mc Call, 2004).
Healthcaregivers need to embrace the spirit and integrate real love, compassionand selflessness when handling a patient in the hospital setting, andwhen dealing with other co-workers. In order to be in a position toaccord a given patient good care, a healthcare giver must possesspassion and love for each patient and their care (Aldridge, 2000).This is in line with biblical teaching that we should love ourneighbor as much as we love ourselves. Passion for patients caremeans that the caregiver has love for the sick person from the mind,body and spirit. A healing hospital concept must therefore be peggedon the culture of care and love, because love is the focal point ofhealing (Aldridge, 2000). In this light hospitals should not be aplace where there is only physical care that mimics robotic repair.Spirituality like it is stated in the Bible must encompass the mainaspects mind, body and spirit, and the tripartite should functiontogether to accord a patient a positive health intervention. Ahealing hospital is based on the ancient tradition indicating that,love is at the heart of the healing process (Aldridge, 2000). The keyconcept is supporting a culture of caring for the sick in thehospital setting.
Therehave been five main challenges towards establishing a healinghospital, business elements, technology, cynicism, bureaucracy andpoor leadership (McCall, 2004). Technology advancement has enabled man to create variousdrugs some of which prevent normal aging. Patient and pharmaceuticalfirm should know that the body and mind is unified and accept deathjust like we have accepted birth and life (McCall, 2004). The study and practice of medicine has been reduced to arace of augmenting market share between various companies andresearch hospitals. Colossal sums of money spent by hospital amountinto billions yet none of it go to loving care that patient inhospital beds requires (McCall, 2004). The protocols, techniques, clothing and even visitinghours in hospitals resemble that of a prison. These need to bechanged to make hospitals a place of care, love and compassion,devoid of bureaucratic processes (McCall, 2004).
Likethe good Samaritan who helped a fellow human being in the hour ofneed (Luke 10: 30-37), and paying his bills, love and care should bethe guiding principles in giving healthcare, for that is what makeshospitals a healing hospital.
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McCall, B.J. (2004). Bereavementand Counseling: Pastoral Care for Complicated Grieving.Routledge: London