On the occasion of the General Santos City Hospital’s 35th Foundation Anniversary this month, Mayor Pedro Acharon, Jr. delivered his State of the Hospital Address (SOHA) in front of the hospitals workers, staff and stakeholders, on Valentines Eve at the hospital corridor.
Mayor Jun Acharon delivering his SOHA on February 13, 2009 at the City Hospital
The numbers he dished out were impressive:
- 2,950 babies were delivered in 2008;
- 4,800 patients received 75% indigency hospital assistance;
- 2,000 patients were fully subsidized;
- 500 patients were given 50% discount;
- P12 million pesos were appropriated for the Hospital Assistance Program for indigent patients;
- P4.5 million pesos per year was invested in the Philhealth Cards given to the city’s constituents since 2003;
- Inauguration of 24 units of Private Rooms with 33-bed capacity;
- Inauguration of a fully-renovated OB-GYNE Complex with 35-bed capacity;
- Inauguration of a four-bed Intensive Care Unit or ICU;
- Inauguration of the Water Processing Facility in cooperation with Dow Chemicals Limited;
- Inauguration of fully-automated and expanded clinical laboratory equipment for hematology, clinical immunology, etc.;
- All the Nursing Service Managers and Supervisors underwent formal training on Supervision and Personal Effectiveness;
- The entire Nursing Staff, from Regular to Job Orders, completed their Personal and Inter-personal effectiveness Training;
- With the P100 million peso-budget for the City Hospital, the annual per capita appropriation for hospital services is P1,800 pesos. However, after converting it into an economic enterprise, a Cash Revenue of P30.2 million pesos was realized. This excludes receivables from patients and government agencies like Philhealth, Sarangani LGU’s and the City’s Indigent Hospitalization and Medical Assistance Program.
- The investment of the Department of Health of P10 million pesos in 2008 for the upgrading of the hospital infrastructure, equipment and facilities.
- The P30 million peso Fund Assistance from the Department of Health to upgrade the hospital into TERTIARY LEVEL.
- The unveiling of the perspective drawing of the GSC Hospital Facade followed by a Ground-Breaking Ceremony.
A priest blesses the four-bed Intensive Care Unit or ICU and its new state-of-the art equipment
The next two years will see the following projects completed, co-funded with the DOH:
- Installation of Piped-in Oxygen for the ICU;
- Completion of Hospital Warehouse;
- Additional room for the Operating Room Complex;
- Renovation of the Outpatient Department, Emergency Room, and the entire Hospital Facade;
- Renovation of the Pediatric Ward with Pediatric Intensive Care Unit; and
- Operation of a Dialysis Center.
These six projects will be given a budget of P7 million pesos from the local government and P16.56 million pesos from the Department of Health, for a total of P23.5 million pesos.
City officials (from left) including City Administrator Marcelino Dospueblos, Chief of Hospitals Dr. Arvin Alejandro, First Lady Dr. Rose Acharon, City Mayor Jun Acharon, and Councilor Rick Atendido during the inauguration of the 35-bed OB-Gyne Complex.
The 35-bed newly renovated OB-Gyne Complex
On top of the infrastructure fund, DOH gave an additional fund of P13.44 million pesos for various sets of hospital equipment.
All these are in preparation for the approval of the Tertiary Level License Application of the GenSan Hospital with the DOH, thanks in part to Congresswoman Darlene Antonino-Custodio for her untiring legwork and connection with the DOH along these projects.
Mayor Acharon wait for the priest as he was blessing the new ground floor wing of the City Hospital with its 24 Private Rooms, with a 33-bed capacity.
One of the 24 New Private Rooms of GenSan Hospital
The Water Processing Facility for the GenSan Hospital Drinking needs while being blessed by a priest. This is a joint project of Dow Chemicals Pacific Limited Inc. and the local government.
Chief of Hospitals Dr. Arvin Alejandro and Mayor Jun Acharon unveil the design for the perspective of the future facade of the GenSan Hospital after which they performed the groundbreaking ceremony.