Philippine Daily Inquirer
Creating healthier communities through accessible medical services
IN 2015, SM Foundation beefedup its health programs by focusing on the needs of its host communities. For that year, SM Foundation renovated 14 health centers and conducted a total of 114 medical missions, benefiting 90,932 patients nationwide.
SM Foundation renovated the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) Training Batch Dispensary in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The room-turned-health facility now serves the members of SAF, branch employees and their dependents.
SM Foundation also donated brand new equipment such as oxygen tanks with regulators and carriage, nebulizers, stethoscopes, surgical sets and sterilizers. In addition, it donated new beds and other furnishings for the additional comfort of patients.
Other health facilities completed by the foundation last year included the La Trinidad Main Health Center, Tuy Main Health Center, Indang Main Health Center, the Soldier’s Ward at the Camp Aquino Station Hospital, the Pediatric Ward at the Laguna Provincial Hospital, the outpatient ward at the Philippine General Hospital and the pediatric ward at the Ospital ng Parañaque.
From its inception up to De- cember 2015, SM Foundation’s medical program renovated a total of 115 health centers.
Supporting its aim of providing free and accessible health services, SM Foundation also conducts medical missions throughout the country especially in areas where medical care may be too scarce or expensive.
In the aftermath of 2015’s Typhoon Lando, SM Foundation rolled out 14 medical missions to affected communities in Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya, Pampanga, La Union and Tarlac. SM Foundation also continued its medical support for the survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” by conducting nine medical missions for survivors in Leyte, Samar and Cebu.
A fourth mobile clinic was also put up, which will increase the number of communities served by its medical missions nationwide.
At the end of last year, SM Foundation’s medical missions had conducted a total of 1,131 medical missions, benefiting 840,313 patients since it started.
The foundation established its Oral Health Project in Nasugbu, Batangas, which aims to create good oral health and hygiene awareness among kindergarten and Grade 1 students and their families. It will run for five years, with an initial batch of 109 students in 2012.
This project is in partnership with the UP Pahinungod Society, which helps deploy dentists to conduct oral examinations and preventive and restorative treatments and to teach health education.
The SM Employee Blood Bank established in 2011 and in partnership with the Department of Health Philippine Blood Center (DOH-PBC) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), meanwhile, holds bloodletting activities within the SM group and its subsidiaries. Collections are shared among the two blood banks of DOH-PBC and PRC and are made available to SM employees and their immediate relatives, free of charge.
Last year, SM Foundation was able to collect 321,300 milliliters of blood equivalent to 714 bags from SM employee-volunteers. SM Foundation also received its fourth Jose Rizal Award from the DOH for this project.
SM Foundation continues to create more health and wellness programs to widen its reach and support the growth of even more communities.