Officials strive to improve city hospital

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Friday, December 6, 2013


THE J.R. Borja Memorial Hospital (JRBMH) is now shedding its old image as it strives to improve its services and facilities, chief of hospital Dr. Evelyn Perez said.

Perez said they are now “embarking on an ambitious vision to become the premium hospital and to reach level-three accreditation by the Department of Health (DOH),” which is expected to be materialized soon.

Perez said the city government-run JRBMH, under new management, is now providing better and improved delivery of health care and medical services to benefit especially indigent patients with PhilHealth card.

The new management team, headed by overseer Dr. Ramon Nery in partnership with Dr. Ramon Moreno of NMMC, Perez, assistant hospital chief Dr. Rose Salta, consultant Dr. Ignacio Moreno and Dr. Malou Gaane of the City Philhealth Office, has introduced reforms and innovations in the hospital system to make wider range of services accessible to the city’s poor residents.

Eyecare, surgicare

Nery said that the newly renovated hospital has created innovative programs such as the Eyecare and Surgicare program catering to patients with eye ailments and illnesses requiring surgeries.

He said under the new health care program, patients with Philhealth card will pay no costs in cataract operations, secondary surgical operations on thyroid, goiter, hernia, cyst and other ailments that need minor surgery.

Nery added that incoming patients who wish to avail of the free health services, which are available all year round, can go directly to the hospital or at the City Social Welfare and development (CSWD) for their medical consultation needs.

Nery assured that the hospital's long practice of ‘referring’ the patient's basic diagnostic and laboratory services to other hospitals will be gone.

He said they will do their best to have a functional operating room and acquisition of additional delivery tables.

Moreno, for his part, said the newly launched health program, patients will be treated with proper care.

He said part of the patients care is to provide comfortable rooms that they don’t feel they are in a hospital.

All ward rooms will be air-conditioned so patients will feel comfortable and total healing will be attained.

‘Adopt-a-ward’

Recently, JRBMH launched the “adopt-a-ward” program wherein private entities and organizations can donate and renovate one of the hospital’s wards.

The first benefactor to adopt a ward was the association of Filipino nurses from the U.S. called “Halad CDO Group.”

Faith Wallace, Halad CDO chair, donated one unit air conditioner for use in the female surgical ward as she vowed to donate more aircon units in the near future.

Moreno said at present the 100-bed capacity JRBHM is on level-one DOH accreditation, with the challenge to make it the best hospital, the plan is to expand to 300-bed capacity.

Moreno said with the expected approved amount, “our vision will slowly put into reality as it will be used to purchase new ambulance, haemodialysis machine, improve the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and other building renovations.”

Moreno said part of the budget will be used to create a synchronized hospital information system to pave way for a computerized access to patient’s information hospital records as well as allowing patients to have access to the hospitals services, laboratory results, patient’s identification, billings and even schedule of appointments.

Perez said they would like to erase from the minds of Kagay-anons the negative image they have in the past, were some Kagay-anon patients preferred to be treated to other hospitals.

Moreno said he will push through with the nationalization of the said hospital, wherein the city government’s budget allocation will then be used in building more hospitals in other parts of the city.

He added more public hospitals, particularly in Barangay Lumbia, and other strategic areas in the city, will be built in the future.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 06, 2013.

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