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PIA Press Release
2006/10/28

Mindanao Heart Center goes digital

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (28 October) -- The Mindanao Heart Center, the only kind in Mindanao region, is now equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment in digital imaging technologies.

The state-of-the-art medical equipment at the Mindanao Heart Center acquired under the auspices of the Dutch government was recently inaugurated at the Davao Medical center compound and was attended by dignitaries from the Netherlands and top local government officials.

Among thos who graced the inauguration were led by the Dutch Ambassador to the Philippines Robert Vornis; Engr. Francois Engelbrecht, ORET project implementation manager; House Majority Leader Congressman Prospero Nograles; Congressman Vincent Garcia of Davao's 2nd district.

Others in attendance were Philips Philippines President and CEO Menardo Mateo; DOH ASEC Nemesio Gako; Dr. Criselda Abesamis, Director, National Center for Health Facility Dev't; DMC chief of hospital, Dr. Gerardo Cunanan; Dr. Paulun Jean Rosell-Ubial, DOH XI Director Center for Health Dev't Davao region; City Councilor Dr. Rene Lopez; and DMC chief Nurse Vilma Comoda.

In 2004, a trilateral partnership between the Department of Health, the Netherlands government and Philips was initiated under DOH Health Sector Reform program.

Philips President and CEO Mateo, in his speech said "I believe that the cornerstrone of the reform program has been rooted in a basic philosophy that - Health is Wealth, that the more healthy people we have in our respective communities, the more healthy and prosperous nation we will become."

Stakeholders and partners in this endeavor has upgraded the capabilities of the five key government specialty hospitals by providing them with the state-of-the-art medical equipment in digital imaging technologies.

The beneficiaries, under the ORET program, as mentioned by ORET project manager Engr. Engelbrecht include: the DMC, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, Northern Mindanao Medical Center, and the Bicol Regional Teaching and Training center.

At the heart of this project is a web-enabled healthcare system which will connect the regional hospitals and allow patients' records to be read and diagnosed by specialists at the Philippine Heart Center, which is known as the Center of excellence in cardiovascular care.

The project would provide patients in Metro Davao and its neighboring provinces greater access to these world-class care services at very affordable cost at a very specialized diagnostic intervention.

The complete installation and commissioning of Philips Single Plance Cathlab equipment in this cardiovascular center fulfills the dream of Davaoeños to make things better, to touch lives everyday and make a difference to the lives of the people we serve, said Philips president Mateo. (PIA) [top]

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