THE Baguio General Hospital Medical Center (BGHMC) may see upgrades soon.
Senate committee on health chair Senator JV Ejercito approved House Bill 6619, increasing the bed capacity of BGHMC from 500 to 800 beds and upgrading its existing service facilities and professional health care services.
BGHMC currently caters to 80 percent indigent patients, including PhilHealth-funded patients.
The hospital’s annual statistics report revealed that every year, the hospital exceeds its bed occupancy due to its volume of admission.
In 2015 alone, its bed occupancy rate 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.
For the year 2017, its bed capacity rate has reached to 146 percent.
Baguio City Representative Mark Go said the passage of the measure will greatly affect residents in availing themselves of the needed quality and effective delivery of health services considering BGHMC is a premiere, referral center in the north of Manila and affiliated in all service specializations.
Ejercito visited Baguio City to inspect the BGHMC at the start of his term and has since rallied to increase the bed capacity of hospital, seeing its state and plight of patients.
Earlier, BGHMC chief Doctor Ricardo Ruñez revealed plans to build two lots at the area of the Administration Building and the corner of the Flavier building to accommodate at least 150 slots for vehicles.
Ruñez said plans for the state-run facility include the setup of a six-story trauma center, an eight-story heart center, and another six-story brain center in the coming years as part of the master development plan of the hospital.
The BGHMC acknowledged the lack of parking spaces in the compound and cited the issue as one of the concerns patients, visitors and doctors have aired over the years.
BGHMC recently opened a new Cancer Institute as part of the hospital's Cancer Detection and Treatment Department.
BGHMC not only caters to patients from Baguio City and Cordillera but also to nearby provinces of Ilocos and Cagayan Valley regions.
The hospital started as Baguio Sanatorium in February 3, 1902 pioneered by Dr. Eugene Stafford, captain of the staff of General Arthur MacArthur in the 1900s. Today, it is a tertiary hospital under the National Government.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on February 15, 2018.
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