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Healthcare organizations: corporate spirituality 

Healthcare organizations: corporate spirituality
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Healthcare organizations: corporate spirituality
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Neil Pembroke

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199571390.003.0053
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date: 17 December 2017

The aim of this chapter is to present an adequate model of corporate spirituality in a healthcare setting. This will involve developing working definitions of spirituality, organizational spirituality, and corporate spirituality in a healthcare institution. The key definition is this: corporate spirituality in a healthcare setting indicates a spiritualized organizational culture characterized by a shared commitment to a set of personal virtues, relational practices, and social ethics orientated both to the care of staff and the care of patients/families, and grounded in life-enhancing ideals, such as service, empathy, compassion, and justice. The second and final step in developing the model that will be undertaken is a discussion of the core elements in the definition — viz., personal virtues, relational practices, and social ethics. It is recognized that a further task is required to complete the model: identifying strategies for developing corporate spirituality in healthcare organizations. However, due to the limitations of space this task cannot be undertaken.

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