The Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City will apply for accreditation from the International Organization for Standardization to raise its operation to world-class standards by next year, Dr. Julius Drilon, its chief of Hospital, said.
Drilon said they plan to apply forISO accreditation in November as ordered by Health Secretary Enrique Ona, and are now in the process of meeting the minimum requirements.
The modernization of the regional hospital is the gift of the President to the people of Negros and all other parts of the Visayas, he said.
Drilon said that when the President came in 2010, they had started to implement the Aquino Health Agenda and one of its many aspects is the health facility enhancement program where the government is putting in a substantial amount of money in infrastructure and equipment.
He said P14 billion will be put into the PhilHealth for the enrolment of more families among the poorest of the poor, so they can avail of free health services all over the country.
Drilon said the CLMMRH is included in the Health Facility Enhancement Program of the President and it has been getting a substantial amount of allocation from the Department of Health. “We are now totally re-writing and rehabilitating the CLMMRH, which is one of the premier regional hospitals in the country,” he said.
The West Tower which has a loan grant entered into by the government in 2008 will have at least 168 beds and will house a dialysis unit, operating room, one of the most modern diagnostic clinic in the whole of Negros and probably in Western Visayas,and other specialized health care units, Drilon said.
The West Tower has a budget cost of PP240 million and will be operational before the end of the year, he said.
Drilon said they will soonopen a new Emergency Room Complex facing Burgos Street which is about 85 to 95 percent completed. They are rehabilitating the driveway to accommodate more vehicles and the waiting area, among others, he said
The Mother and Child building that will house 200 beds is also being rehabilitated with a budget cost of P88 million, Drilon said.
It will have a general ward and will house the clinics, he said, adding that they will also rehabilitate its out-patient section.
Drilon said the last of the program is the 5-storey East Tower that will accommodate about 300 beds. It is located between the West Tower and the Heritage Building and its construction has already started, he said.
They will venture into kidney transplants when the East Tower opens, he added.
The CLMMRH is the most modern public hospital in the whole Negros, Drilon said.The total overall package that will be put in by the government in it is about a billion, including the site development, modernization of equipment, and infrastructure up to 2016, he said.
Drilon promised that before the term of the President ends in 2016, a new CLMMRH will be completed.
This is not just happening here but the development in infrastructure and quality management is taking place simultaneously all over the country in 26 DOH regional retained hospitals, he said.
All government regional hospitals in 13 regions all over the country are being ISO certified by Ona as ordered by the President, Drilon said.
“The necessary budget has been prepared and we assure you that with the help of my brother, Senator Franklin Drilon, in the Senate, the CLMMRH has been given attention and appropriation as ordered by Aquino and the DOH,” he said.
“I think CLMMRH got a big chunk of the 2013 budget as instructed by the President,” he said adding that the source of funds will be the DOH and that his brother also gave P100 million for the East Tower.
Dr. Julius Drilon said the modernization of all DOH-retained regional hospitals in the country does not only include infrastructure and equipment but also other peripheral issues. The biggest issue is the quality management which means the treatment of patients as they come in and after they are discharged, he said.
As to the claims of some local politicians that they have contributed to the improvements in the CLMMRH, Dr. Drilon said he does not know about that.
Dr. Drilon was obviously referring to the repeated statements of a local candidate that the improvements in the CLMMRH are his accomplishments.
The implementation of the modernization program of the hospital is basically an effort of the DOH and Ona, and other politicians have not done anything about it, he added.*CGS