P59M for city hospital improvement proposed-A A +A
Friday, September 13, 2013
A PROPOSED budget of P59 million will put the J.R. Borja Memorial Hospital (JRBMH) on a new and high-tech level hospital -- if the opposition-dominated City Council approves it.
Dr. Ramon Moreno, JRBMH consultant, said he is hoping that the local legislative will give the proposed budget a green light once the body will deliberate in October the annual budget for 2014.
Moreno said they are now embarking on an ambitious mission for the city-run hospital to reach level-three accreditation by the Department of Health (DOH).
At present, the hospital’s 100-bed capacity JRBHM is on level-one DOH accreditation, but with the challenge to make it the best hospital, Moreno said they are planning to expand it to a 300-bed capacity.
“With the expected approved amount, our vision will slowly be put into reality as it will be used to purchase new ambulance, haemodialysis machine, and to improve the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and other building renovations,” he said.
Moreno said part of the budget will create a synchronized hospital information system to pave way for a computerized access to patient’s information and hospital records and allow patients to avail of the hospital’s services, laboratory results, patient’s identification, billings, and even schedule of appointments.
Dr. Evelyn C. Perez, JRBMH chief of hospital, said they would like to erase from the minds of Kagay-anons the negative image they have in the past, making them a preference instead of other hospitals.
Last month, the newly renovated JRBMH has received positive feedbacks from some Kagay-anons.
Michelle Destura, a nursing student, said seeing the new look of JRBMH gives hope that it will finally fulfill its mandate of delivering quality health care services to the people.
“When I was young my parents would tell me that they did not wish to be admitted to the said hospital because of its poor services and lack of facilities,” Destura recalled.
Lito Reyes, a resident living near JRBMH, was amazed at how the new administration has given the hospital importance.
Reyes said he received complaints from patients who had been admitted at JRBMH.
He said watchers would complain that their patients had died because of neglect and lack of hospital personnel.
It can be recalled that over the years after JRBMH was constructed 50 years ago, there were many attempts to finish and rehabilitate the hospital.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 13, 2013.