The 120-bed Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital in Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City, was inaugurated and blessed yesterday morning but will begin accepting patients and offering hemodialysis services on Monday, Dr. Wilson Tulmo, its chief operating officer, said.
They received the hospital’s Department of Health License to Operate two days ago and will apply for PhilHealth accreditation as soon as they begin operations, he said.
But Tulmo assured that their patients will enjoy PhilHealth benefits as soon as the hospital begins operations.
Romel Dilag, PhilHealth Bacolod chief, said as soon as the hospital files its application his agency will send an inspection team and granting accreditation will not take long since the hospital already has a license to operate.
The original plan for the hospital to begin operations yesterday was postponed to Monday because of the delay in the availability of Bureau of Internal Revenue receipts, Dr. Evangeline Johnson, its consultant and spokesperson, said yesterday.
The Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital is located at the site of the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital that closed down last year.
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Bacolod City Administrator John Orola, who cut the ribbon at the inauguration rites, welcomed the opening of the hospital amid a shortage of hospital-bed space in Bacolod City.
The Negros Occidental provincial government runs 11 hospitals and is spending 42 percent of its budget or about P2 billion annually on health services, the governor said.
The Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City is overcrowded because most of the patients there are from Bacolod City, he added.
A possible tie-up between the Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital and the provincial government’s Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Care Program will be studied, the governor said.
Marañon and Orola congratulated the people who made the hospital’s opening possible.
The city administrator, in an interview, also pointed out that there also ongoing constructions of more private hospitals in Bacolod City.
Lucho Giron, Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital Inc. president and chief executive officer, thanked all those who worked hard to see to the hospital’s opening in just three months, under a new management.
The Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital inauguration rites started with an about 75-car caravan and a mass.*
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