HealthFirs­t opens cross­over Hemodial­y­sis Cen­ter

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - BUSINESS -

Kid­ney dis­eases in the coun­try have been in­creas­ing. In the past years, over 12,000 new cases are re­ported an­nu­ally as kid­ney com­pli­ca­tions soar at the same pace as the cases of di­a­betes and hy­per­ten­sion rise. And as a re­sponse to the ex­pand­ing num­ber of kid­ney disease pa­tients, HealthFirs­t of­fi­cially opened its first premiere Hemodial­y­sis Cen­ter in its main clinic at SoHo Cen­tral in Green­field Dis­trict, Man­daluy­ong City. The new­est ad­di­tion to the pool of HealthFirs­t clin­ics is headed by none other than Dra. Ma. An­toni­eta Dial.

"These are the com­mon causes of end­kid­ney disease; about 50 to 60 per­cent of kid­ney pa­tients will be due to di­a­betes, hy­per­ten­sion," she said.

Dra. Dial con­sid­ers HealthFirs­t as a mod­ern cross­over be­tween two types of dial­y­sis cen­ters-one be­ing hospi­tal-based and the other as a stand-alone. Gen­er­ally, treat­ments in stand-alone clin­ics cost less than those in­side hos­pi­tals, but as a clinic, it has lesser fa­cil­i­ties to back it up.

What makes HealthFirs­t's newly opened hemodial­y­sis cen­ter unique is that it's lo­cated in a con­ve­nient one-stop shop clinic with ser­vices rang­ing from di­ag­nos­tic to psy­chi­atric con­sul­ta­tions. The SoHo HealthFirs­t Clinic houses its own phar­macy, its in-house doc­tors are avail­able for reg­u­lar con­sul­ta­tion and the lab­o­ra­to­ries that could cater to fur­ther tests that pa­tients may need.

"One im­por­tant thing is that we have a mini op­er­at­ing room be­cause the spe­cial­ists we have here are vas­cu­lar sur­geons. They can eas­ily be ad­mit­ted in vas­cu­lar surgery," Dra. Dial ex­plained, per­tain­ing to the dial­y­sis pro­ce­dures.

"It's not a hospi­tal set­ting, it's a stand-alone and a strong one too. It's a cross-over," she said.

HealthFirs­t's first premiere hemodial­y­sis cen­ter has 12 hemodial­y­sis units in a set-up far from the usual dreary at­mos­phere other cen­ters have. Pa­tients are set­tled in com­fort­able re­clin­ing leather chairs pro­vided with their own tele­vi­sion screen and head­set to keep them oc­cu­pied dur­ing long treat­ment hours. The dial­y­sis room is spa­cious and lightly dec­o­rated, giv­ing pa­tients enough per­sonal space and room for breath­ing.

"HealthFirs­t stands firm to its mis­sion of pro­vid­ing qual­ity health care in a set­ting with an am­biance fit for its pa­tients with the widest, most com­fort­able space at an af­ford­able price," said HealthFirs­t Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor Roberto Cas­tro.

"We're ac­tu­ally unique be­cause we can pro­vide bun­dled health care. We march for­ward to pro­vide our pa­tients with the best fa­cil­i­ties," Bob Muñoz, Busi­ness Oper­a­tions Head of Re­liance Health Ser­vices Inc. added.

Es­tab­lished in 1999, HealthFirs­t boasts of a prom­i­nent clien­tele base. Aside from the UNILAB Group of Com­pa­nies, the mul­tispe­cialty clinic has also been cater­ing to Del Monte Philip­pines, Nu­tri-Asia, PHILAM, Teleper­for­mance, Sun­life of Canada, In­tel­li­care, and AsianLife In­sur­ance.

HealthFirs­t Clinic op­er­ates from 8AM6PM, Mon­day-Satur­day.

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