Thursday, July 20, 2017

SM Foundation turns over renovated hospital to navy

From the Mindanao Times (Jul 20): SM Foundation turns over renovated hospital to navy

THE OFFICIAL turnover of the newly renovated Camp Panacan Station Hospital in Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan yesterday was seen as another step in improving the health services for the country’s uniformed personnel.

The facility is a 30-bed capacity hospital which was initially assigned to the Philippine Army and was transferred to the Philippine Navy under the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM).

It will provide healthcare programs for about 5,000 military personnel, as well as conduct health information drive.

The military facility was renovated and refurbished by the SM Foundation which will then be accredited as a Department of Health (DOH)-Level 1 facility aside from its accreditation as PhilHealth member.
It is a one-story facility which houses an operating room, emergency room, seven hospital ward (officer’s ward and heroes ward for battle casualties), a physical therapy room, an out-patient department, a pharmacy, and rooms for storages, administrative office and commanding officers.

With its renovation, it is now equipped with basic ancillary services such as the 12-lead ECG, radiography with clinical laboratory and an x-ray room.

The station hospital is the 22nd military health facility that was renovated by the SM Foundation out of the 128 renovated health facility all over the country.
Two other health facilities located in Davao Region that were renovated by the Foundation are the Out-patient Department of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and the Tagum Health Center.
Vice Admiral Joseph Mercado, flag officer-in-command of the Philippine Navy, said the renovation would provide quality health care services not only to the Philippine Navy but to the entire members Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“We now have a hospital rehabilitated in an operational area. If anything happens to them (military forces) they will have a facility that will cater their needs. There is now a hospital that will provide their needs,” he said.

Meanwhile, Connie Angeles, the executive director for health and medical programs of the SM Foundation said their “medical and health advocacy is not confined to the conduct of medical, dental, and diagnostics missions to needy barangays nor to the renovation and upgrade of equipment of health centers and public hospitals.”

She noted that they are extending their support to benefit the three branches of the AFP, the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Marines and the Scout Rangers.

“We are deeply honored to be able to contribute in our own little way, to those who serve the country, specifically with this project, the improvement of the Camp Panacan Station Hospital,” Angeles said.

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