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Mayor reports GenSan hospital accomplishments, plans

by Ping Aponesto

General Santos City (14 February) -- City Mayor Pedro B. Acharon, Jr., disclosed in his State of the Hospital Address Thursday a number of accomplishments of the GenSan City Hospital after instituting reforms during his administration.

Acharon told guests and hospital officials and employees that he is more convinced to pursue the vision and the strategic directions set by his administration. "We must do these to be competitive and continually serve our patients," he added.

"We are guided by our vision: "By the year 2008, the General Santos City Hospital will be a self-sustaining medical center using quality-assured systems with well-compensated and highly motivated employees providing utmost quality service," he said.

He pointed out that through the interventions and reforms made, problems like "Unhealthy publicity, Draining resources, Administrative issues, and Dissatisfied customers were addressed.

Acharon emphasized that the City Hospital is now an Economic Enterprise. As such, every investment amd expenditure must be accounted, he added.

He pointed out that there is already an established accounting system alligned with electronic new Government Accounting or E-NGAS, a well-recorded receipts and disbursements, and well collected fees for every service rendered.

The mayor explained that responsibility for the security system has been transferred to the Civil Security Unit or CSU which is under the Office of the Mayor and the collection function has been turned-over to the City Treasurer's Office to delineate it from the billing function. Classifying indigent patients was also moved to the City Social Welfare and Development Office, he added.

He also pointed out that inorder to recover the cost of hospital services to indigent patients of the city, the city funded the Hospitalization and Medical Assistance Program for qualified indigents to the tune of P10-M to P12-M annually.

"We will also account the hospitalzation and medical expenses of the employees of the city government," he said. "This will ensure collection, by the hospital, from a fund that we will soon set up under the Human Resource Management and Development Office", he added. He said that this is part of the city's commitment to the Collective Negotiation Agreement with the city employees.

According to the mayor, the city government will also enter into Memo of Agreement with other LGUs for the payment of hospitalization of their residents who cannot afford to pay.

"We will also strengthen our referral system to PCSO, Congressional Offices, and other welfare-support agencies," he said. "By then, all services rendered by the hospital will be paid," he added.

The mayor pointed out that as an economic enterprise, the City Hospital income is its primary source of funds for appropriation. "More income means more budget for vital hospital requirements such as personnel, drugs and medicines, medical supplies and hospital equipment, therefore, better quality of service," he emphasized.

The mayor stressed that according to hospital records, the City Hospital, last year, had served 14,300 admitted patients, which is 40 percent higher than 2006. But despite the doubling of number of admitted patients, the over-all Mortality rate decreased at 4.4 percent from 4.89 percent.

"This ultimate indicator of hospital management was achieved due to the reforms that we have done," Acharon said.

"Also, Morbidity and Mortality conferences have become more frequent, especially in the Pediatrics Department, which significantly improved patient care and management," the mayor said.

"Due to the doubling number of patients, we sustained the hospital's increasing budget. This enabled us to hire and train more personnel, buy more medicines and medical supplies, and improve our buildings," he said.

The mayor also reported that inorder to help achieve the target to increase survival of children, a Pathologic Nursery was opened in partnership with the GSC Water District.

This new Pathologic Nursery had reduced newborn mortality, hence, the city hospital will expand its nursery with more assistance from the donor.

Acharon also cited the health sector mechanisms such as the Local Health Board, Therapeutics Committee, and the Special Advisory Team (SAT) for health services for their active participation in sustaining policies and reforms in the health sector.

The mayor also disclosed that the hospital's infrastructure program has P21-million worth of funded projects. He reported that the construction had started for the completion of the 20 million peso two-storey hospital building.

He also reported that the Intensive Care Unit or ICU and OB-Gyne Ward renovation project will soon be awarded and that the Pediatric ICU and Ward, Hospital facade, and Outpatient Department renovation are expected to be completed within this year.

Acharon also disclosed that this semester, the hospital will get P8-M worth of hospital equipment. Three million pesos were funded by the Department of Health and five million by the city government.

"One Dialysis machine from the Department of Health is arriving this quarter and we will try to start our Dialysis Center," he said.

The mayor also committed to give the employees their Magna Carta benefits. He said that in the last two years, the city paid 18.2 Million pesos for their subsistence and laundry allowance, and hazard pay.

"I believe they are happy about their increasing patting benefits. In 2006 we paid 3.4 million pesos, and last year 4.2 million pesos, for their patting alone," Acharon said.

This 2008, Acharon said he wants to see improvements in certain areas of concern.

"I still want to see more improvements in the patient admission to discharge process," he stressed.

"I want to see the computerization project in place before the end of the year. This will include the admission, billing, supply management, pharmacy operations, and medical records keeping," he added.

Acharon stressed that he also want to see an automated and expanded Clinical Laboratory operations for efficient laboratory service.

"I want the 21 million-peso Hospital Infrastructure projects completed. Hence, I urge he City Engineers' Department to prioritize and fast-track the planning and implementation of these projects," the mayor said.

The mayor also wants a recommendation from the SAT about a responsive organizational structure as patients have already tripled. The last reorganization was in 1993.

"I also want suggestions to hasten the procurement of medicines, supplies, and equipment requirements of the health sector to ensure timely service delivery," he said.

"As a process as well as an output of the reforms, I want to see a printed Hospital Manual of Procedures that will standardize processes, thereby make them transparent and convenient to operate. I want this to be a product of workshops where all the stakeholders actively participate, and build ownership for easy implementation," the mayor said.

Acharon also said he wants to see a complementary operations and working relationships of all health service facilities. He also urged the Local Health Board, together with the managers of the Field Health Department, Birthing Homes or Lying-In Centers an City Hospital to converge and maximize use of limited resources.

"Finally, I want to pay all the remaining magna carta benefits of our employees," he concluded. (CPIO/PIA SarGen) [top]

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