Healing Hospital: a Daring Paradigm Essay

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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…show more content…
In contrast, a physical healing environment is carefully constructed and organized. Employees are trained caregivers who are knowledgeable in interacting with patients and families so as to help them cope with their concerns or grief. The environment, by its design, is a strong means of establishing a spiritual relationship through an engagement of all five senses. By choosing colors appropriately, for example, desired effects in human behavior are promoted and psychological systems established - the color green indicates healing, nurturing and conditional love, a symbol of growth (Stefanidakis, 2001). This is because color has the ability to induce emotional responses such as irritability, cheerfulness, or peacefulness. Further, by creating the interior of the hospital in a manner that resembles, even slightly, a church or a temple, providing religious artifacts, say rosary beads, spirituality can be promoted. A patient’s sense of control over their environment must be kindled (e.g., lighting and temperature) so that stress relief may occur. An integration of technology with work design Technology is interwoven into the structure of the healing hospital adeptly, allowing staff members to work with systematic efficiency, routing work in a manner that enhances the comfort of the patient and family. In this calmer environment, patients tend to get much

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