BGHMC modernization on-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Monday, February 10, 2014
THE Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center will start bankrolling its modernization program as part of its goal to meet international standards.
BGHMC OIC director Dr. Jimmy Cabfit said they are completing several requirements needed for an International Organization for Standardization or ISO certification by improving the existing buildings, facilities and services.
Cabfit said acquiring new medical equipment, including magnetic resonance imaging machines and nuclear medicine facilities, are important to be at par with other hospitals here and abroad.
The hospital eyes a new three to four story building costing some P30 million to house other facilities needed by the public.
The hospital administrator stressed the corporatization scheme of the government hospital is part of its modernization without necessarily jacking up the fees for services rendered by the hospital.
“We guarantee that the user fees, it will be the lowest in the community compared to other private clinics and hospitals in the city,” Cabfit stressed.
On the other hand, the government hospital wants its patients to understand not all services are free stressing government institutions must also recoup expenses for proper maintenance of its facilities and pay its personnel.
Cabfit is hopeful the Sin Tax Bill will jack up the hospital budget from P2 billion to P4 billion to fund the construction of more buildings and facilities to cater to patients from Baguio City, Benguet and other North Luzon provinces including La Union and Pangasinan.
The hospital which currently has a 300-400 bed capacity is eyeing a 500-bed capacity. The current 676 plantilla positions in the hospital are also expected to double by the end of 2016 to better serve the public.
The BGHMC administration together with the Department of Tourism recently inaugurated its newly rehabilitated gardens constructed as a form of public-private partnership.
BGHMC Advisory Council president Damaso Bangaoet said improving the hospital surroundings has been an utmost priority to promote a better environment towards the wellness of patients.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 11, 2014.