The Philippine Heart Center (PHC) stays true to their commitment as an Island of Good Governance with the seventh run of “Governance in Healthcare” summit as they introduce hospitals to the road to good governance in providing better patient care and service for the Filipino people. With the summit consisting of talks, workshops, and esteemed panelists, eight new hospitals are immersed into the Performance Governance System (PGS) at the Heart Center’s Dr. Avenilo P. Hall last January 29-31, 2019.

Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center, Bicol Medical Center, Caraga Regional Hospital, Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Medical Center, San Lorenzo Ruiz Women’s Hospital, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, and Valenzuela Medical Center engaged in ISA’s PGS as they created their own PGS strategy maps and scorecards.

The delegates were welcomed by PHC executive director Dr. Joel M. Abanilla. Sharing the Heart Center’s positive and inspiring PGS journey, PHC deputy executive director Dr. Gerardo S. Manzo lists the massive benefits of sustaining the PGS and what it could mean for other Philippine hospitals.

As in the earlier summits, the Department Of Health (DOH) presents and updates the hospitals with the department’s “FOURmula One Plus”, otherwise known as the F1 plus, which aims for the accessibility of quality healthcare products and services to the Filipino people. DOH Assistant Secretary Dr. Lyndon Lee-Suy addressed the delegates and affirmed them of DOH’s role in  their hospitals’ and the Filipino health service delivery’s futures.

Introducing the participants to the PGS elements was ISA executive director Christian Zaens, as he briefed the hospitals on each component, and how strategies can be effectively implemented for their own institutions. As ISA facilitators partner with each hospital for the workshop, the teams created strategy maps, core roadmaps, and scorecards for patient care, linkages, research, and training – consisting of specific targets for 2019-2023 – that are unique to their hospitals.

The hospitals presented their roadmaps to a panel – consisting of Dr. Abanilla, Dr. Manzo, Associate of Nursing Service Administrators of the Philippines (ANSAP) president Dr. Maria Linda G. Buhat, Philippine Army Army Governance and Strategy Management Office (AGSMO) head Col. Joel M. Paloma, and Bataan General Hospital medical chief Dr. Glory V. Baltazar – providing the participants with valuable feedback regarding their formulated strategies and their relationship to the status quo of their institutions. Proving to be a productive event, all eight hospitals completed their basic governance documents – ready to begin their path towards even better patient care with the PGS.