Essay on Healing Hospital : A Daring Paradigm

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Healing Hospital: A Daring Paradigm Chapman (2004) tells us “A healing hospital is a place characterized by thousands of small and wonderful things. At the center is love.” p.15. This concept is a paradigm shift for many hospital systems today. Patients are dehumanized and referred to as a room number or worse decisions to provide care are based on the patient’s ability to pay. The purpose of this paper is to explore the concepts of a healing hospital including, the necessary components, the challenges and how the concept of is supported by the beliefs of Christian faith.
Components of a Healing Hospital
Eberst (2008), describes a Healing Hospital as one that is staffed by caregivers with a servants heart in an environment that the patient feels safe and secure. A Healing Hospital must have three components including;
Physical Environment Layout of the physical space should promote patient recovery through a quiet relaxing atmosphere. The physical design of a hospital impacts how care is delivered as well as overall healing of the patient (Eberst 2008).
Radical Loving Care Radical loving care is a concept first introduced by Erie Chapman as a “continuous chain of loving care – kindness and skill from every care giver (including leaders) and to every patient.” (Chapman, 2005, p.10). This concept leads to a culture of compassionate care through both the physical and spiritual needs of every patient.

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