The healing hospital’s paradigm has three components with a major focus on the patient’s environment. The three major components are a culture of loving care, a healing physical environment, and an integrated work design and technology. Health care providers at healing hospitals support the physical and emotional well being of the patients, and not just focusing on curing their diseases. Healing hospitals ensure patients are comfortable and mentally and physically prepared for their treatment plan. Health care providers at these facilities have to be competent in the patient’s medical needs and the ability to deliver loving to the patients. It is important for workers to go the extra mile for their patients, and to help with their spiritual needs.
The second component of healing hospitals is a healing physical environment. “For a hospital to promote healing, it needs to provide a quiet environment that allows patients to sleep. Patient’s bodies perform the most repair during sleep,” (Eberst, 2008, page 77). This is a very important key component of the paradigm and it is important to maintain a quiet, healing environment. Healing hospitals incorporate many different techniques to maintain a noise-free healthy, healing environment. For example, the hospitals do not use overhead paging, nurses carry personal phones for direct contact. Also, some cleaning machines and certain equipment have special silencer to avoid distraction and extra noise. It is evident that a good healing environment is key to patient’s recovery. The healing paradigm also suggests that the hospitals provide an environment that promotes patient satisfaction levels, decent meals and quality entertainment. A good healing physical environment also enables patients and their families to fulfill their spiritual needs with less distraction.
The third and final component of the healing paradigm is the integration of work design and technology. Many of these hospitals have found ways to enable staff to work more efficiently, to provide additional privacy and security for patients, and to use technology to promote the healing environment. “A good healing hospital offers highly technical advancements, but is able to integrate the technology into a caring environment delivered by a compassionate staff,” (Eberst, 2008 page78). For example, it is stated that this one healing hospital in Arizona has a Skylight system that provides periodic surveys of the patients to monitor satisfaction levels. Healing hospitals also provide the latest digital technology in radiology, pulmonary testing, and cardiology. This allows health care workers to assess results, and respond accordingly in a timely manner. Integrating work design and having up-to-date technology is key for patients and their families to help meet their spiritual needs.
There are many challenges of creating a healing environment, and often have to deal with many barriers and complexities of the hospital environment. One of the main challenges of implementing a healing environment in the traditional hospital setting, is money and finances. Providing a healing environment requires massive investments on the hospital’s training, technology, and recruitment. These investments are necessary to ensure that the hospital’s physical environment has been integrated with the healing process. Another challenge often faced with is changing the mind set, skills, and culture of health care providers that matches with the healing paradigm.
There are also philosophical challenges involved in implementation of the healing concept. The traditional cure model solved the patient’s physical need by curing the disease through proven scientific methods and procedures. The healing model focuses on the patient’s physical needs as well as the emotional and spiritual needs. Therefore, some of the procedures performed are based on subjective beliefs, and not proven scientific methods. This is a challenge for the traditional hospital and health care workers because they are used to having scientific research for rationale; however in healing hospitals, every patient and scenario is different. This challenge has raised concern over how standards will be implemented and how the values that an organization will adopt since everyone has diverse beliefs and values.
There is also legal challenges faced during the implementation of the healing paradigm. Because the healing concept is not fully accepted in health care, this leads to many concerns and possibly higher insurance premiums. It is also stated that the healing paradigm and healing hospitals are likely to attract more cases of litigation because it is not fully known and accepted. The current health care staff is a hierarchical system, and the healing concept model treats every staff as equally as important to the patient’s well being. There is no hierarchical system, every staff member is treated equally, and play an important role in the patient’s spiritual needs and recovery.
Kings James Version, James 5:13-16 is one biblical passage that supports the concept of healing. “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.  Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:  And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much,” (“Bible passages about”, 2009, page 2). This passage supports the concept of healing because it explains how those who are sick should pray and have faith that the Lord will heal and protect them. This passage also explains the importance of prayer towards the healing concept. This passage also gives hope to those in need that no matter what their diagnosis or status is, they will be taken care of through faith and patience.
The healing paradigm provides concepts of a healing environment with the three components. Healing hospitals provide holistic care by addressing the patient’s spiritual needs and not just their physical needs. There are many challenges faced when integrating this new model compared to the traditional health care system. Health care providers are key components to their patient’s recovery and the paradigm provides rationale for their system.
Bible passages about healing and healing prayer. (2009). Retrieved from http://www.michiganquakers.org/healing_and_prayer.htm Eberst, L. (2008). Arizona medical center shows how to be a ‘healing hospital’. Health Progress, 89(2), 77-79. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/274635012?accountid=7374