When it comes to healthcare, people always consider state-of-the-art facilities in order to address patient needs as soon as possible. Many patients go to places where the healthcare system and facilities are better.

For North Cebu residents who would need to go to a modern healthcare facility, they would need to travel for hours, braving the traffic, to the cities of Mandaue or Cebu.

It was welcome news then when Mactan Doctors’ Hospital (MactanDoc) fulfilled its promise to the residents of the north as it opened its new Medical Arts Building, expanded its Dialysis Center, and developed its Center for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.

“People no longer need to cross the bridge, just to get better health care,” said CebuDoc Group’s president and chairman of the board Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III.

The new Medical Arts Building houses 49 new doctors’ clinics of different specializations, a spacious and well-ventilated waiting area, and a satellite outpatient laboratory for patients’ convenience. It also expanded its parking space, which is strategically located in between all the centers and the Medical Arts.

“I am very glad that our doctors now have better and bigger clinics. Before, they had to endure a small space while some of their patients had to wait under the sun. Now we have spacious waiting areas inside the new building,” said Larrazabal during the facility’s blessing and inauguration.

Dialysis Center

From having six hemodialysis machines and accommodating only 18 to 20 patients a day, its Dialysis Center can now accommodate 90 patients a day, and now has a total of 30 machines.

MactanDoc also takes pride in its top-quality patient care and state-of-the-art facility as its hemodialysis machines are now equipped with 41 minutes of auto hot disinfection which will cut waiting time for patients. The new center is now more spacious and conducive.

“As nurses, we are very happy that we now have a more conducive space for treatment. And much happier because we see our patients happy with the improvements that we made in our facility. Before they had to endure a long waitlist because of our limited capacity, now we can accommodate them. And to see them feel better, it makes us feel better also,” said the head of the MactanDoc’s Dialysis Center, nurse Jonas Ponce.

The Dialysis Center operates six days a week from Monday to Saturday with three shifts, 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., to accommodate the number of patients coming to the dialysis center and to provide more suitable time options for patients.

Center for Physical and Rehabilitation Center

Another improvement made in MactanDoc is the new and bigger Center for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. It is now more spacious and can be accessed without passing through the halls of the hospital.

“This is also part of our commitment to our patients who come to us for outpatient services and don’t want to get inside the hospital, especially because of the threat of Covid-19. But more than that, it’s aligned with our vision to improve our service centers in parallel to the quality of care we render,” said Dr. Larrazabal.

With its 11-year history, MactanDoc’s Rehabilitation Unit is now a Center of Excellence. It has been serving Mactan Island for a while now and over the years, has also grown its array of services. It now offers and focuses on a Rehabilitation Team Approach, which includes Physiatry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology and Orthotics-Prosthetics.

“Our team is committed to providing meticulous care to achieve safe, effective, and exceptional results with our services,” said Janice Sangalang, MactanDoc’s Center for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine chief physical therapist.

The facility also boasts its cardiovascular equipment for strength training exercises and a variety of modalities such as electrotherapy, ultrasound therapy and other therapy accessories to help with the overall strengthening, flexibility, balance and mobility function of patients.