CCMC ‘can still accept patients’

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Friday, August 1, 2014


EVEN if the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC)’s accreditation has been downgraded, it doesn’t mean it could no longer accept patients or conduct surgeries, said the DOH.

The Department of Health (DOH) 7 said that based on the new classification for hospital accreditation, CCMC is a Level 1 hospital, which means it can conduct surgeries.

“The DOH only downgraded its accreditation due to the current physical set-up, not its services,” said Dr. Sophia Mancao, DOH 7 Licensing Division chief.

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This, as a Cebuana fashion designer visited CCMC yesterday and promised to bring in help.

Los Angeles-based Monique Lhuillier said she was there to see the situation of the hospital.

Lhuillier is the new ambassador of Operation Smile.

She was accompanied by Mariquita Salimbangon-Yeung, who serves in the board of governors of the organization.

Operation Smile, a non-profit humanitarian and medical relief organization, has been conducting operations for indigent children with cleft lips and other facial deformities in CCMC.

Mancao told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday that DOH 7 accredited CCMC based on the new classification of hospitals as ordered by DOH Administrative Order 2012-0012, which conforms to the mandate of Republic Act 4226.

Based on the order, any hospital with an operating room and other facilities that offer clinical in-patient and ancillary services is considered as Level 1.

Level 2 requires hospitals to have level 1 accredited services with departmentalized clinical services, among others.

A level 3 hospital should have level 2 services and an accredited residency training program for four major clinical services, such as medicine, pediatrics, ob-gyne and surgery.

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Any hospital that is considered level 1 in the old classification will be considered as “primary care facilities” under AO 2012-0012.

Mancao said that upon accrediting CCMC, the hospital had the facilities that were for level 2 accreditation.

But CCMC was given a level 1 accreditation because of the physical structure of the hospital, which is housed at the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) office.
She said they have given CCMC six months to upgrade.

Mancao said CCMC’s accreditation could be upgraded if they transfer to a building with a hospital set-up or expand their services to other buildings.

Meanwhile, Lhullier said she was impressed at how patients were being attended to by CCMC’s medical personnel despite the condition.

But she was saddened at the sight of three to four patients sharing one bed.

“A lot of things have to be done,” Lhullier said.

She said she will find ways to help since Operation Smile usually conducts their operations in CCMC.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 02, 2014.

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