Healing Hospitals

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Healing Hospitals
“The cure of the part should not be attempted without treatment of the whole. No attempt should be made to cure the body without the soul. Let no one persuade you to cure the head until he has first given you his soul to be cured, for this is the great error of our day, that physicians first separate the soul from the body.” -Plato

Most hospitals today focus mainly on technology, medical interventions and treating symptoms of a disease. Care can be a very impersonal experience as patients are carted from examination room to operating table to recovery room with very little interaction afforded to them by the physician. With monitor alarms beeping continuously in the halls to alert distant and unavailable staff of problems or potential problems patient lie in their hospital bed in a state of constant stress. At the end of their stay they are handed a set of written discharge instructions, a list of alarming things to be wary of that could happen to them after they have gone home, and a prescription note to fill at their local pharmacy. In sum this practice dehumanizes patients. They become items that are processed through a system where money is made. The faster the processing the better, but at what cost? This is why Healing hospitals have begun surfacing around the country that supports the ideal of compassionate care. Healing hospitals strive to reduce the mechanical aspect of the industry by incorporating technology into the background while still remaining on the cutting edge of advances in science. At Mercy Gilbert Hospital, Gilbert AZ., a top notch healing hospital, they believe that healing is not the same thing as curing, where the definition of curing has traditionally meant problem patching, disease eliminating, and symptom treating. People do not necessarily have to be cured to become healed, where healing means finding peace within oneself in spite of one’s condition. Interestingly, a person can be cured from a disease...
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