Wednesday July 18, 2018

St. Luke's to put up hospital in Davao

AS ST. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) arrives in Davao City by 2020, an executive of the hospital assures that majority of their medical staff will be Dabawenyos.

Last Saturday, August 26, at Marco Polo Hotel, during the official announcement of SLMC’s arrival in Davao City, SLMC Chief Operating Officer (COO) doctor Jose Moran said recruitment of future medical staff will be done side by side with the construction of the hospital which will start by the 2nd half of 2018.

On May 30, the memorandum of agreement between Aviana Development Corporation and SLMC was signed at Ayala Tower One, Makati regarding the establishment of the hospital in Davao City.

Aviana Development Corporation, a joint venture company of the Alcantara Group and the Ayala Land, Inc., is also the developer of Azuela Cove in Lanang, Davao City.

SLMC Davao City will be located inside the 25-hectare Azuela Cove and will be the third SLMC after the one in Quezon City and Bonifacio Global City. This is the first SLMC outside Metro Manila.

The tertiary healthcare facility in Davao City is targeted to have at least 250 beds and would measure around one hectare in land area.

Moran said SLMC Quezon City and Global Center cater to around 600 beds each and currently employs 6,000 employees for both hospitals. He said as for Davao City, they are targeting to offer 2,500 to 3,000 job vacancies for the entire hospital operation.

“Our Human Resource (HR) staff will come here and we will have to recruit also (staff) coming from here because it is difficult to transplant people from Manila but we will have the trainers coming from Manila. I know there is also a shortage of nurses, just how we are experiencing. We will start almost the same way we start with Global City,” said Moran.

He added some Davao City doctors are actually trained in SLMC Quezon City as they had been doing doctor trainings even before wherein trained doctors usually come home to their cities to practice their profession.

Moran also said the head nurses and other key people will be coming from Manila in order for them to bring the practice in Davao City.

“We have a continuing nursing education section of the nursing group care there. They will be the ones who will come here and train the people. Maybe we will set up a small venue for training,” Moran said.

As for his part, SLMC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) doctor Edgardo Cortez said they have already chosen key executives for Davao who are also training personnel as second-tier leaders for Davao.

“We have identified our HR head, operations head, and nursing head. We will be able to recruit existing nurses here or other parts of the country including new graduates. We have the criterion. We will go to different schools...We have devised a system which we call specialty nursing. You can be an oncology nurse, a gastroenterology nurse, or an emergency room (ER) nurse. We have a continuing program that will last for about 18 months, almost two years, with the basic and most advanced development even to nursing leaders,” said Cortez.