TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The Cagayan Valley Medical Center’s newly completed facilities and upgraded medical equipment are now ready to cater to patients here and other parts of the region.
Dr. Glenn Mathew Baggao, CVMC medical center chief, formally opened the hospital’s orthopedics department, including the Computed Tomography (CT) scan and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment, to the public during the CVMC’s 73rd founding anniversary.
Baggao said the MRI and the CT scanners, worth P75 million and P25 M, respectively, were procured through government funds. “Patients who are required to undergo CT and MRI scans will no longer be referred to private hospitals here or elsewhere. It will also help ease their hospitalization financial burdens,” Baggao said.
He added that the facility and equipment upgrading effort is a contribution of the hospital towards the government’s thrust of ensuring the delivery of quality medical service to all patients particularly the marginalized and disadvantaged sectors.
“We also want to be at par, if not exceed, the standards of private hospitals in the region. We aim to become the center of excellence on patient care, training and research,” the medical center chief said.
Meanwhile, Baggao said that they are now in the process of completing all the necessary supporting documents to be submitted to the Congress for the proposed expansion of the hospital’s bed capacity from 500 to 1,500.
“We need to add more beds as we want to give conducive health care facility to our clients as we cater not only patients from the region but also those from the eastern Cordillera provinces,” he said
Baggao added that they also presented the hospital’s five-year development plan to the Department of Health (DOH) to realize the thrust of elevating the status of the hospital from regional 3rd level into a mega hospital in Luzon by 2022. Oliver Baccay/PIA