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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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120-bed hospital to open tomorrow
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

 

The lack of patient bed space in Bacolod City is expected to be eased with the opening of a hospital in Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City, tomorrow.

The Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital, located at the site of the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital that closed down last year, will be operated by an entirely new company, Dr. Evangeline Johnson, its consultant and spokesperson, said yesterday.

Her son, Lucho Giron, is the president and chief executive officer of the Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital Inc., the company that will operate it.

The chief operating officer of the hospital is Dr. Wilson Tulmo, a neurologist, and Dr. Jerome Pepingco, a nephrologist who has a master’s degree in hospital administration, is the medical director.

Pepingco will also be overseeing the Dialysis Department of the hospital that will be using brand new dialysis machines, she said.

The community needs another hospital, Johnson said, pointing out that when the BOLMSH closed down last year, other hospitals in the city became crowded, and patients had to be waitlisted for confinement.

The Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital’s vision and mission is to serve patients, especially the underprivileged, with loving care at compassionate and affordable rates, Johnson said.

“You can entrust us with your lives because we take them seriously,” she said, pointing out thatthe hospital has a very strong management team and brand new equipment.

It will have an initial 120-bed capacity and a staff of 250, 60 percent of whom are former employees of the BOLMSH, she said.

More jobs will also be provided for security and janitorial services that will be outsourced, she said.

After three months, the firm will assess the need to hire more personnel, she said.

The hospital building has also undergone extensive renovation and repainting that began in September, she said.

The operating room has new lights, monitors and other machines, and a 500 KVA generator has been purchased for the hospital. It also has new state of the art x-ray, ultrasound and laboratory equipment, and hospital beds, she added.

They also have a brand new ambulance that conforms to the new Department of Health requirements, Johnson said.

The emergency room, delivery room, canteen and outpatient section also have a new look after renovation.

Giron is the majority shareholder of the firm running the hospital that has four other members of the board. There are two women who do not wish to be identified and engineer Edgardo Bayog and lawyer Robert Camarista, Johnson said.

“It’s still a closely held family corporation, we don’t have partners here,”Johnson said.

At 8 a.m. tomorrow, a caravan to signal the opening of the hospital, followed by a mass and blessing will be held that is expected to be attended by Bacolod and provincial government officials, she said.

The hospital will begin operations tomorrow if their Bureau of Internal Revenue receipts are ready by then, Johnson added.*

 

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