Below is a press release regarding The Medical City of Manila taking over operation of the former Great Saviour Hospital in Iloilo. Carol and I have been to the main Medical City hospital in Ortigas, Metro Manila. It’s a very impressive facility. We felt like we were in Singapore. Medical City is upgrading the facilities and equipment and says that it will review doctors and staff. Let’s hope this all results in a new top-notch medical facility in Iloilo City.
18-Jun-11, 6:21 AM | Philippine News Agency
ILOILO CITY, Philippines – The Great Saviour International Hospital (GSIH) in this city is now fully owned, managed and operated by the Manila-based hospital The Medical City (TMC).
The reported purchase amount of P150 million is included in the P700-million investment package pledged last year by TMC president and chief executive officer (CEO) Alfredo RA Bengzon and TMC chairman Augusto P. Sarmiento.
GSIH was formerly managed and operated by The Medical City. The turnover of full ownership was held Friday in this city, which was also highlighted by the launching of a cardiovascular program with cutting edge technology in the newly renamed The Medical City Iloilo.
Bengzon said the hospital was the first to offer world-class cardiovascular program in Western Visayas under its national expansion program to bring quality health and heart care to more Filipinos in the countryside.
Dr. Evangeline Johnson, GSIH president and chief executive remains the biggest stockholder of the renamed and upgraded city hospital. Johnson is also the owner of Our Lady of Mercy Specialized Hospital in Bacolod City.
Launched at the TMC Iloilo were new and advanced hospital facilities such as Catheterization Laboratory presented by Iloilo Gov. Arthur D. Defensor; newly renovated operating room and Intensive Care Unit presented by health regional director Ariel Valencia; CT Scan; mammography and 2D Echo facilities presented by Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog; international patient service center by tourism regional director Edwin Trompeta and expanded consultation clinics by pulmonologist Dr. Rene Juaneza.
Bengzon said the hospital adheres to a unique patient partnership philosophy where patients and doctors openly and equally collaborate towards effective, highly customized health care.
Investors said that medical tourism in Iloilo has flourished as international visitors came to see Boracay Island and other tourist attractions in Panay Island, especially Iloilo.
With the localization of world class medical care facilities, international visitors are assured of proper medical care.
Similarly, TMC Iloilo is not running from its corporate social responsibility in the community. Of the 22 open heart surgeries conducted at the hospital, 60 percent is on indigent patients. Hospital services are open to everybody whether the patient is rich or poor.
The new management team is now evaluating the status of present hospital staff and doctors. A complete staffing pattern will be completed by the first week of July this year.