As an alternative to the outpatient clinic of the existing healthcare delivery system, it is proposed that a network of public places in the local market place be devoted and developed to offer basic assessment, screening, and traditional holistic healing ministry services in parallel to the healthcare delivery system of today. These Healing Centers will primarily, but not exclusively serve the uninsured and the under-insured disenfranchised members of the local community, currently comprising approximately half the population.
The effort to begin delivery of alternative health services and products would be initiated by establishment of a prototype clinic in an existing business location such as restaurant, church, or cafe. Service delivery, information management, product selection and sales will be coordinated by Healing Community Ministry trained doctors, nurses, ministers, counselors, mentors, volunteers, and health educators. Physician/nurse directors and others would be oriented to the mission of the Healing Community Ministry and its holistic model for managing disease and healing. All providers will be educated in the principals and traditional practices of the local culture being served. Those selected to deliver services will be chosen from the pool of the experienced foreign missionaries to serve as domestic missionaries providing community based healing care to our local under-served citizens.
Services will be paid for on a fee for service basis and a sliding scale based on ability to pay. Healing Community certified care ministers would function as part of a multidisciplinary team offering ancient and modern practices that are part of indigenous sacred knowledge for healing. The Healing Center will not be a primary place of medical practice or employment, but simply a safe site of culturally relevant service offering holistic healing services that address every aspect of a blessed and healthy life. Product sales of non-pharmaceutical preparations of foods, water, herbs, non-invasive procedures and practices using implements of indigenous peoples healing ceremonies of spiritual and natural origin to supplement revenue to cover operations. In addition operation as a church ministry, private, corporate, and church contributions, grants, and sponsors would be solicited to ensure viable growth and sustainability of this faith based healing ministry. The merchant landlord tribe would be paid by a lease agreement that would be based on a percentage of the gross sales of the tenant Healing Center.
This innovative approach to patient interaction overseen by licensed professionals would be a trusted intermediary to the current hospital based health care systems. Offering outreach, screening, triage, and a referral base to existing hospital-based networks as determined by medical necessity would improve hospital utilization, acceptance, efficiency, and effectiveness.
Building of this prototype a network of such Healing Centers will be developed and managed by a physician/nurse directed, holistic nurse case management system that will absolutely result in measurable improved health outcomes that a social case management system cannot produce alone.
Using telecommunications and information management technology will allow for centralized oversight by a multidisciplinary coaching team that is knowledge and faith based, culturally sensitive and motivated by compassion to serve the best interest of the individual, the community, and the providers of goods and services for healing. This new model for management of disease and people advocacy for healing transformation , empowers people to recover and be the best citizens they can be in a short period of time, often minutes. Existing outpatient clinic and mobile healing centers networks created will be a referral base for parent hospitals that are operating in the red and may face closing. The opportunity for access to care is diminishing daily. One of the main reasons is lack of trust in a system and people that create dependence, with no hope and no healing.
A faith based, community supported and subsidized network of conveniently located Healing Centers would be a way to effectively manage community, human, spiritual, and commercial resources to the benefit of all. This proposal offers a way to benefit all by use of the “Basket Principle” increasing access, opportunity, and a new way for distribution of goods and services, while reducing costs to the consumers and providers of services, empowering all to do good work. The face of a Healing Center would be that of a functioning modern day church gathering place that feeds everyone.