Two public hospitals from Luzon advanced in the Performance Governance System (PGS) pathway, earning their well-deserved Trailblazer awards and achieving another milestone for the public health system.

Presenting their strategies, breakthroughs, and plans, the Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center (LPGHSTC) ventured into the first step of their PGS journey as they were conferred the Initiated status in an online revalida, bagging a Silver Trailblazer award. Meanwhile, Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) received the Gold Trailblazer award as they continued to exemplify excellence and fervor for a better nation as they vied for Proficiency status.

After crafting its initial strategy map and scorecard last 2018, the LPGHSTC positions itself as a 500-bed level 3 hospital with a functional basic comprehensive capability for Trauma, Burn, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation by 2025, aiming to provide quality healthcare to the underserved in South Metro Manila and its neighboring cities. 

LPGHSTC Medical Center Chief, Dr. Ignacia G. Fajardo, explained that the organization wants to fortify its Service Delivery Network by collaborating with neighboring local government units, city health officers, and barangays to cater to more trauma patients as a step in establishing itself as the only multi-specialty center in South Metro Manila. 

Similarly, Dr. Maria Lourdes Otayza, the Medical Center Chief of MMMH&MC said that the hospital also wishes to strengthen its linkages as an apex hospital through its referral system called “Tangguyob,” in order to prevent backlogs in their emergency room.

In Dr. Otayza’s presentation, she mentioned that the MMMH&MC positions itself as the premier center for advanced healthcare in the Philippines. From having 52 medical and allied staff who completed specialty training in 2018, to 343 in 2022, one of the steps geared towards a culture of good governance that this Northern Luzon hospital carries out is the capacity building of their human resources.

“We have to include them in the training even if they are one of the bad apples. We have to believe that there is hope in there and provide them some more training to enlighten themselves,” she said.

The LPGHSTC is also taking action to promote good governance within the company. Given that the hospital was ISO accredited, Dr. Fajardo gave her predecessors credit for the way the facility operated. She stated that the performance-based element of the PGS relies heavily on the continuance of the LPGHSTC culture.

“We have to start with management. This is also [a] venue for open communication that cannot be done with one head only, it has to be done with a group of people to create a transformation and that is how the PGS is helping us,” Dr. Fajardo said.

The medical center chief expressed her gratitude to the Institute for Solidarity in Asia, the LPGHSTC staff, and the panel as the organization accepted the Silver Trailblazer award.

“With this journey as there is no doubt with the Performance Governance System, this institution would be close, if not, will achieve a hundred percent its vision, with its mission and core values to deliver excellent health care in the South,” she said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Otayza imparted a few inspirational words for organizations in the pathway and those who wish to embark on their transformation journey.

“I always say if there is something worth doing, it should be worth doing well. And this has certainly been very well done—another balitok for us,” she said.