Ina health care facility, there are infrastructures that are essentialfor its operations. According to Eberst (2008), some of the mostimportant aspects in the construction of a health care facilityinclude “how many beds it will house, where each department will belocated, how many it will employ, and the bottom-line cost to buildit”. Although these aspects are very essential, the constructionand design of the hospital should be able to reflect a healingenvironment. A healing facility is a facility “that helps patientfeel safe and comfortable, and that reminds staff why they chosehealth care as a line of work” (Eberst, 2008). Consequently, thereare three major components of a healing hospital facility. The modernhealth care facility is faced with numerous challenges. Thechallenges have an important impact on the establishment and runningof a healing hospital facility. It is important to note thataccording to the bible our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit.Therefore, a healing hospital facility should look at taking care ofhuman bodies from a spiritual perspective. Spiritual awareness isvery essential in ensuring that the facility meets the idealcharacteristics of a healing facility. However, the facility shouldrefrain from activities that conflict with the teachings of theBible.
Animportant component of a healing hospital facility is a healingphysical environment. This consists of a combination of improvedperformance of the facility with physical aesthetics. The facilityshould be able to take care of the needs of the patients as well asensure that the employees engage well with the family members of thepatients. This will provide a compassionate environment whichpromotes healing. Illnesses are associated with stress among thefamily members and the patient as well. A physical environment in ahealing facility should be able to help these individuals in copingwith this stress. A healing facility should be free from unnecessarynoise which interferes with the emotional wellbeing of the patientsand their family. This includes noise such as overhead paging, loudmachines, long hallways or in-room intercoms. A healing environmentshould be quiet to allow recuperating patients to sleep. In additionto promoting healing, a quiet environment promotes calmness andreduces stress. It is also important to note that medical errors aremainly as a result of destructions, among them noise destructions(Eberst, 2008).
Thesecond aspect of a healing hospital facility is an integration of“work design and technology in the environment” (Eberst, 2008).The design of a healing hospital enables the caregivers to be moreefficient in their work. Additionally, it assures patients theirsafety and privacy. The integration of technology in the hospitaldesign promotes the healing processes. For example, a healinghospital should have separate elevators and ways for patient transferand staff movement. Technologically advanced equipment is alsoessential since they “provide the very best in health care servicesand expedite processes and results”. The healing facility can alsoprovide other facilities such as in room entertainment and educationsystems. For example, entertainments such as music or comedy havebeen found to promote the healing process. Calm music also creates arelaxing environment which is beneficial to patients, their familiesas well as the caregivers in the facility (Eberst, 2008).
Themost important aspect of a healing hospital facility is theorganization culture of “radical loving care”. A hospital canhave excellent building, state of art medical technology, but willnot be able to promote healing if it lacks compassionate and caringculture. The workers in the facility should be committed to healing.The culture of the healing hospital should promote holistic approachto the needs of the patients. This means that the facility shouldchoose the right employees and promote a compassionate culture(Eberst, 2008).
Inan attempt to create a healing environment, there are many challengesthat are faced by health facilities in the modern world. There is nodoubt that there are numerous challenges facing the health caresystem. These factors have a direct impact on the healing hospitals.The health care system is struggling with shortage of staff amidst anincreased demand for health care services. This is important becausehealing facilities select, instead of hiring physicians and primarycaregivers. Additionally, due to emerging health problems and theaging population, healing facilities are pushed to accommodatepatients beyond their capacities. The healing hospitals have beenforced to accommodate more challenges health issues especially due tothe increase in the number of people suffering from terminal illness.Additionally, healing hospitals are forced to allocated shorterphysician visit time and less attention from the patient caregiverssuch as nurses due to overwhelming demand for services. As a result,the patients are feeling alienated which has a negative impact ontheir healing process (Dunn, 2010). The increased cost of medicalcare is also a major challenge facing healing hospitals. Thesefacilities are struggling to minimize cost while maximizing thehealing benefit to their clients.
Dunn,L. (2010). “Creating healing environments: A challenge fornursing”. OnlineJournal of Rural Nursing and Health care,10(2).
Eberst,L. (2008). “Arizona medical center shows how to be a ‘healinghospital’”. HealthProgress,89(2), p 77-79.