Christianity and hospitals
Below are resources on Christianity and hospitals.
- 1 Early Christian hospitals were the first hospitals
- 2 Articles on Christianity and hospitals
- 3 Religious hospitals vs. secular hospitals: Quality of care
- 4 Christian hospitals in the United States and other regions
- 5 Book on Christianity and hospitals
- 6 See also
- 7 References
Early Christian hospitals were the first hospitals
The First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. ordered the construction of a hospital for every cathedral town in the Roman Empire to care for the poor, sick, widows, and strangers. They were staffed and funded by religious orders and volunteers.
Articles on Christianity and hospitals
- The Christian Origins of Hospitals
- No Christianity, No Hospitals: Don’t Take Christian Contributions for Granted, CNS News, 2016
Religious hospitals vs. secular hospitals: Quality of care
According to the Acton Institute:
|“|| Thomson Reuters has issued a new report that shows church-run hospitals provide better quality care more efficiently than other secular hospitals.
Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters, says, “Our data suggest that the leadership of health systems owned by churches may be the most active in aligning quality goals and monitoring achievement of mission across the system.”
Quality of care in hospitals by religious affiliation
Atheist hospitals in China
Atheist hospitals in Vietnam
Atheist hospitals in North Korea
North Korea practices state atheism. The World Health Organization said about North Korea's health care system, "challenges remained, including poor infrastructure, a lack of equipment, malnutrition and a shortage of medicines."
Atheist hospitals in Cuba
Atheist mental hospitals in the Soviet Union
Christian hospitals in the United States and other regions
Catholic hospitals in the United States
A healthcare website indicated in 2016 concerning the United States:
|“|| The number of Catholic-owned or affiliated hospitals in the United States has grown by 22 percent since 2001, and now 1 in 6 acute care beds is in a hospital connected to the church, according to a report released by MergerWatch.
The watchdog group found that due to mergers and acquisitions over the past 15 years, 14.5 percent of all acute care hospitals in the nation are now either owned by or affiliated with the Catholic church, according to the study. In 10 U.S. states, the number of Catholic hospitals is more than 30 percent.
Methodists have built a lot of hospitals in the world. For example, Wikipedia (a website founded by an atheist and agnostic) states in its Methodism article: "These ideals, collectively known as the Social Gospel, are put into practice by the establishment of hospitals, orphanages, soup kitchens, and schools to follow Christ's command to spread the good news and serve all people."
Baptists have also built hospitals in the United States and internationally.
Book on Christianity and hospitals
- From Monastery to Hospital: Christian Monasticism and the Transformation of Health Care in Late Antiquity by Andrew T. Crislip, University of Michigan Press (April 21, 2005), ISBN-10: 0472114743, ISBN-13: 978-0472114740
- The Bible and health
- Atheism and health
- Christianity and social stability
- Atheism in medicine
- Atheist doctors
- The Christian origin of hospitals
- The Christian origin of hospitals
- Hospitals - A historical perspective
- The Superiority of Christian Hospitals by JORDAN J. BALLOR • August 17, 2010, Acton Institute website
- World and Its Peoples: Eastern and Southern Asia. Marshall Cavendish. Retrieved on 2011-03-05. “North Korea is officially an atheist state in which almost the entire population is nonreligious.”
- "Aid agencies row over North Korea health care system", BBC News, 10 July 2010.
- Number of Catholic hospitals in US has grown 22% since 2001
- I. A. Adedoyin, A Short History of the Nigerian Baptist: 1850-1978, Nigerian Baptist Bookstore, USA, 1998, p. 57