Community hospital bats for PCSO accreditation

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Thursday, April 12, 2012


BACOLOR -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) is now working on achieving full accreditation for the Jose A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC) under the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to further enjoy funding support for free medical services to indigents here.

KDF president Benigno Ricafort told Sun.Star Pampanga that the move aims to further improve the services of the KDF.

At present, KDF is enjoying funding assistance from the PCSO through its special projects fund.

Just this week, PCSO chairperson Margie Juico turned over to the organization P1.5 million that is part of the P3-million commitment of the PCSO this year.

“If we get accredited, we can serve more indigents and be able to accept walk-in patients readily. The accreditation would require us to do some development efforts,” Ricafort said.

KDF, through the JADMC, is the only foundation of its kind in the country that provides free medical surgeries to indigents suffering from eye problems and facial deformities. The JADMC is the base of operation of KDF and its partner service organizations.

The facility is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Jesus A. Datu, who devoted a great part of his life to organizing medical missions for indigent Kapampangans and donating a part of his resources for the construction of a medical hospital.

The hospital functions through donations from private individuals, organizations and government agencies. The group, through its service partners, shoulders the logistics and even medicines of the patients who have undergone medical operations.

At present, the hospital is being managed by the Love for Life Foundation, the Datu Angeles David Memorial Foundation, JADMC, and the KDF.

Ricafort said they are now doing the preliminary paperwork for the accreditation in close coordination with the PCSO.

Ricafort said the move, if approved, will translate to more medical services to indigents of Pampanga and Central Luzon.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 13, 2012.

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