Nearly three years into the global health crisis, the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) conducted its first onsite Public Governance Forum Special Revalida, showcasing the achievements of its partner institutions in delivering premium and reliable services to the public.
On December 6, three hospitals were conferred the PGS Initiated Status, namely the Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC), Saint Anthony Mother and Child Hospital (SAMCH), and the Southern Isabela Medical Center (SIMC), which bagged the Gold Trailblazer Award.
The event, held at Ascott Makati, featured presentations from the participating hospitals, highlighting their progress under the Performance Governance System (PGS) framework. The first presentation was given by ASTMMC, led by its Medical Center Chief, Dr. Panfilo Jorge Tremedal III.
For 61 years, the ASTMMC has provided high-quality healthcare to the people of Surigao del Sur. It positions itself as a 500-bed level three hospital offering basic comprehensive services in orthopedics and physical and rehabilitation medicine with accredited residency training programs in internal medicine, ob-gyne, pedia, and family and community medicine serving the CARAGA region.
With the lack of medical specialists in the region, leveling up its services has been a challenge for the hospital, thus, driving ASTMMC to identify Human Capital as one of its three roadmaps, along with Patient Care and Training. The hospital is actively recruiting for various positions and offering incentives such as accommodation to attract new staff.
“We have numerous vacant positions and spreading the news that we have these open to attract people to join our hospital, and with this, we aim to answer the concern of needed manpower,” Dr. Tremedal III said.
Meanwhile, located at the heart of the Queen City of the South is the SAMCH which faces another kind of challenge in health: an increased number of maternal and neonatal patients, with Region 7 ranking 4th nationwide with a total infant death of 1,376.
According to SAMCH Medical Center Chief Dr. Juanito Tiu, these challenges prompted them to “respond accordingly, appropriately, and adequately” and become a 100-bed Level 2 specialty hospital with provisional accreditation of the OB-Gynecology residency training and expanded services for Pediatrics in preparation for residency training by 2025.
Under its Patient Care roadmap, SAMCH aims to open a maternal intensive care unit (ICU), establish a nutrition clinic, and women-children protection unit by 2023, and achieve neonatal and pediatric ICU accreditation by 2024.
Dr. Tiu noted that some of their deliverables have already been accomplished, including providing services for developmental pediatric and out-born neonatal ICU led by the hospital’s OB-GYN department. He added that the implementation of the PGS has indeed given the hospital both tangible and intangible results.
“It is our hope that this culture of continuous transformation and improvement will bear fruit as success, as seen in the radiant and grateful smiles of our beloved patients,” Dr. Tiu said during his presentation.
Last to present was SIMC, a 350-bed Level 3 hospital with Multi-specialty Services serving Isabela, Northern Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Northern Ifugao, and Eastern Mountain Province. SIMC aims to become a 350-bed Multi-Specialty Apex Hospital offering Basic Comprehensive Services in Dermatology, Burn, and Geriatric Care serving the provinces of Isabela and Northern Nueva Vizcaya by 2025.
The hospital, led by Medical Center Chief Dr. Melchor Dela Cruz, Jr., has identified the strategic importance of increasing bed capacity and upgrading its service capacity. As the nearest hospital in the area, SIMC acknowledges the urgency to level up as an Apex hospital due to an increasing bed occupancy rate, referrals to other health facilities, and more people from neighboring provinces needing access to tertiary care.
“We are monitoring the number of primary and secondary cases coming from the primary and secondary health facilities, particularly the RHUs (rural health units) and the district hospitals. Once we get their referrals and we see the need for them to be managed in primary and secondary facilities, we refer them back. We will start on the tool in the future but for now, that is what we are doing,” Dr. Dela Cruz shared.
SIMC’s panel chair, led by ISA Vice Chairman, Mr. Rex Drilon II, praised the hospital’s PGS Core Team and OSM for their commitment and passion, noting that the SIMC’s achievements were impressive for a hospital far from Metro Manila. The hospital was then awarded the Gold Trailblazer Award for its performance thus far in its PGS journey.
Present at the event was ISA’s new Chief Executive Officer Mr. Evaristo Francisco and the Davao Regional Medical Center, which received the PGS Proficient Status last September, to accept their Silver Trailblazer Award. In his closing speech, Mr. Drilon II reminded the presenting partners of their vital role in making the “Dream Philippines” a reality as they continue their governance journeys.
“Despite the long road ahead though, I hope all of you remain steadfast in your commitment to helping build our Dream Philippines. Any attempt at creating change is no easy feat, but through your consistent effort, anything is possible,” he said.