As Catholic Health Care leaders, we work to respect and include the whole person of patients, physicians, associates, and volunteers. This work is grounded in the Christian doctrine of the goodness of creation, embracing a comprehensive view of the human person as physical, mental, social, and spiritual.
We recognize that whole person care has implications for our ministry:
- In clinical settings – whole person care means that the full range of physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of patients and families is cared for and addressed. This demands considerable organizational fine-tuning and creative collaboration among the different caregivers,
- In organizational settings – whole person care means identifying and implementing the forms of support that are needed to offset burnout and depression, two negative consequences of the contemporary workplace,
- In leadership development – whole person care entails going beyond the prized capacities of analytic and strategic reasoning to embrace and develop what has been called “emotional intel- ligence:” the skills of self-awareness, self-management, motivation, empathy, and social relating.