Mac­tanDoc to of­fer med­i­cal res­i­dency pro­grams


RES­I­DENCY train­ing for doc­tors and more em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties are ex­pected at the Mac­tan Doc­tors’ Hospi­tal as it ex­pands with their new Med­i­cal Arts build­ing this year.

All five de­part­ments of Mac­tanDoc have been given or­ders to or­ga­nize res­i­dency train­ing pro­grams to help new doc­tors be­come spe­cial­ists in their cho­sen fields. Th­ese five de­part­ments are in­ter­nal medicine, surgery, pe­di­atrics, ob­stet­rics and gy­ne­col­ogy, and fam­ily medicine.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr. Po­ten­ciano “Yong” Lar­raz­a­bal III, pres­i­dent and chair­man of the Ce­buDoc Group of Hos­pi­tals, they hoped to also re­tain th­ese doc­tors af­ter their res­i­dency pro­gram.

“We want to cre­ate train­ing pro­grams so our own doc­tors will end up teach­ing the younger ones. They will pro­duce grad­u­ates who will be for­ever grate­ful to them for be­ing their men­tors. Also, 70 to 80 per­cent of th­ese grad­u­ates may end up prac­tic­ing here in Mac­tan and serve their fel­low­men,” he said in a press con­fer­ence last Satur­day.

Of­fi­cials of the Ce­buDoc Group of Hos­pi­tals broke ground for their new Med­i­cal Arts build­ing, which is ex- pected to be com­pleted months, last Satur­day.

The Med­i­cal Arts build­ing is the first of three phases of ex­pan­sion of Mac­tanDoc, which costs around P200 mil­lion. The sec­ond and third phases will be done in the next 12 to 14 months af­ter com­ple­tion of the first phase.

Em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties

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Part of the ex­pan­sion is to make Mac­tanDoc into a 300-bed hospi­tal from the cur­rent 160 beds.

Dr. Os­car Tusaon, Ce­buDoc Group’s cor­po­rate ad­min­is­tra­tor and board mem­ber, said the ad­di­tional 140 hospi­tal beds would also mean more em­ploy­ment for Mac­tan res­i­dents and Ce­buanos in gen­eral.

He said the Depart­ment of Health (DOH) re­quires at least five nurses for ev­ery pa­tient, so hav­ing more beds would also mean they would need more nurses. Aside from nurses, Mac­tanDoc will also hire other per­son­nel with its ex­pan­sion.

For his part, Lar­raz­a­bal said the need to ex­pand Mac­tanDoc was brought about by the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of Mac­tan Is­land.

“More peo­ple are work­ing here and more fam­i­lies are raised here, more sub­di­vi­sions are de­vel­oped here, the com­pa­nies in MEPZ (Mac­tan Ex­port Pro­cess­ing Zone) have also dou­bled in num­bers. The peo­ple who work here, they bring along their fam­i­lies,” he said.

He added that Ce­buDoc Group’s vi­sion is for Mac­tan res­i­dents to longer have to cross to main­land Cebu in or­der to get med­i­cal treat­ment, by mak­ing ser­vices avail­able at Mac­tanDoc.

Af­ter Mac­tanDoc, Lar­raz­a­bal said they will also be un­der­tak­ing sev­eral ex­pan­sion ac­tiv­i­ties for its other hos­pi­tals within Cebu and in other prov­inces.

Other ex­pan­sion plans

At least P1 bil­lion has been set aside by the group for its ex­pan­sion projects to be un­der­taken within the next five years.

For the Cebu Doc­tors Univer­sity Hospi­tal in Cebu City, the group will be con­struct­ing a new build­ing at­tached to the main one. This will ac­com­mo­date more pri­vate rooms and in­crease the hospi­tal’s bed ca­pac­ity to 400 from the cur­rent 300 beds.

For the South Gen­eral Hospi­tal (SouthGen) in Naga City, they will also be de­vel­op­ing a Trauma Cen­ter in part­ner­ship with the Emer­gency Res­cue Unit Foun­da­tion (ERUF). It will be the first trauma cen­ter out­side of Metro Manila.

For the North Gen­eral Hospi­tal (NorthGen) in Barangay Talam­ban, Cebu City, the group is also set to launch a Mother and Child Cen­ter, which will pro­vide one of the coun­try’s cheapest ma­ter­nity pack­ages, they said.

Dr. Po­ten­ciano “Yong” Lar­raz­a­bal III

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