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Sensitivity to the patient's spirituality has been a priority at Johns Hopkins since the hospital was founded in 1889. Johns Hopkins, hospital founder and benefactor, was raised in the Society of Friends (better known as the Quakers). The hallmark of Quaker spirituality is the affirmation of the individual’s "Inner Light," rather than an emphasis on creeds or religious practices. All human beings are believed to have the presence of God within them for the experience of God as well as for spiritual and moral guidance.

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It is my especial request that the influence of religion shall be felt in and impressed upon the whole management of the Hospital; but I desire, nevertheless, that the administration of the charity shall be undisturbed by sectarian influence, discipline or control.

— Johns Hopkins, Hospital Founder and Benefactor, 1873

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