BAGUIO Representative Mark Go on Wednesday, April 19, filed House Bill 5442, which seeks to increase the bed capacity of Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) from 500 to 800.
The hospital’s annual statistics report reveals every year, the hospital exceeds its bed occupancy due to its volume of admission.
In 2015, its bed occupancy rate has reached 133.92 percent with a total admission of 37, 022. In the following year, it exceeded 144.17 percent of its normal occupancy rate admitting a total of 37,577 patients.
The Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center is a 500-bed-capacity tertiary medical and training center with medical ancillary services and a retained hospital under the National Government.
A provision of the proposed measure states the existing service facilities and professional health care services of the BGHMC will be upgraded to conform with and commensurate to the proposed increase of bed capacity.
“Presently, BGHMC caters 80 percent indigent patients including Philhealth funded patients. As of February 2017, its bed capacity rate has reached to 114.32 percent with total in-patients of 16,005,” Go explained.
“It is really urgent and imperative to increase BGHMC’s bed capacity to further enhance its capability of delivering public health services,” Go stressed.
The hospital serves clients from the City of Baguio and its neighboring provinces in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Ilocos Region and Cagayan Valley.
The lawmaker also filed a resolution congratulating and commending Police Senior Inspector Erlinda Lavandia (Ret) for winning the gold medal in the javelin throw event during the 2017 Masters Athletics Indoor Championships held last March 19-25, 2017 in Daegu, South Korea.
Aside from being a senior athlete and a retired officer of the Philippine National Police, Lavandia also serves as a national coach for the Philippine Sports Commission.
Lavandia has received several awards in the South East Asia games, Asian cups and other international invitational meets since 1997 and has a total of seven gold medals and two silver medals in the World Masters Athletics alone.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on April 21, 2017.
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