Renown Health President and CEO Tony Slonim, M.D., Dr.PH., FACHE, talks about the importance of spiritual care and caring for the whole person – mind, body and spirit.
Traditionally, hospitals and health systems have focused on the physical domain, doing all we can to combat disease and heal injuries. While physical health is certainly important, providers can easily lose focus of the larger picture of what makes someone well. At Renown Health, we believe our role and responsibility extends beyond administering healthcare. We embrace a more holistic view, caring for a person’s total health: body, mind, and spirit.
Spiritual care is a powerful tool to help our patients address the psychological and emotional impact of illness. We are proud that Renown Health has created an environment that promotes reflection and healing. We work together with the Nevada Interfaith Association to ensure we are meeting the diverse needs of the people in our community. Recently, we renovated the Estelle J. Kelsey Interfaith Sanctuary at Renown Regional Medical Center to create a place where patients and families can gather for fellowship, comfort, meditation and strength. We also display colorful art throughout our hospitals, offer beautiful gardens throughout our campus, and play music in the medical center’s atrium to help put visitors at ease.
By providing spiritual services, Renown Health is helping patients and families better cope with and recover from illness and injury and regain a sense of wholeness.
Dr. Anthony Slonim is an innovator and proven leader in healthcare on both the regional and national levels. During his notable career at major healthcare organizations and academic institutions, Dr. Slonim has developed a national profile as an expert in patient safety, accountable care, healthcare quality and innovative care delivery models focused on improving health within the community. For more Healthy Perspectives, follow Dr. Slonim on Twitter.