UC to construct hospital in Mandaue City-A A +A
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
THE University of Cebu is preparing to build its own University of Cebu Medical Center after the Department of Health (DOH) approved its permit to construct.
The University of Cebu Medical Center will be a Level 4 general hospital at the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City, the university said in a press statement.
The approval, which passed through the Health Facilities Establishment Review Committee (HFERC), was stated in a letter addressed to University of Cebu president Augusto Go last July 30.
According to the National Center for Health Facilities Development, a Level 4 hospital is a teaching and training hospital that provides clinical care and management on the prevalent diseases in the locality, as well as specialized and sub-specialized forms of treatment, surgical procedure and intensive care.
The University of Cebu Medical Center, which will be built on an 8,000-square meter property in the North Reclamation Area, will be the first Level 4 hospital in Mandaue City.
The university has set aside an initial investment of P2 billion for the construction of the UC Medical Center.
The hospital will link with all the UC schools and campuses, including the 10,000 merchant marine students who will need medical accreditation and attention for foreign ship deployment and the medical and nursing students for their training and employment.
With a total student population of more than 44,000 students, UC is the biggest educational institution in the Philippines congregated in only one area.
In 2008, the University of Cebu-Banilad and its partners purchased St. Vincent General Hospital (SVGH). The hospital has been accredited by PhilHealth as a tertiary hospital with a 100-bed capacity. The original six-storey building was given an extensive renovation and in 2010, an adjacent seven-storey building was completed and opened to accommodate a growing number of patients.
“We are always searching for ways to improve our services. With UCMC, medical education and medical care will be enhanced to serve people,” said University of Cebu chancellor Candice Gotianuy. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 23, 2012.