Queen of Mercy gets Phil­health ac­cred­i­ta­tion

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

THE Ba­colod Queen Of Mercy Hos­pi­tal Inc. has been granted ac­cred­i­ta­tion by the Philip­pine Health In­sur­ance Cor­po­ra­tion (Phil­health).

Dr. Wil­son Tulmo, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of the hos­pi­tal, said the ef­fec­tiv­ity of the ac­cred­i­ta­tion and Phil­health cov­er­age is Jan­uary 21, when the hos­pi­tal started its op­er­a­tions.

They only re­ceived the Cer­tifi­cate of Ac­cred­i­ta­tion on Fe­bru­ary 26.

“Since we opened, the pa­tients hav­ing the Phil­health ben­e­fits were all cov­ered even if we got the cer­tifi­cate on Fe­bru­ary 26,” Tulmo pointed out.

Phil­health of­fi­cials were also at the hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day and con­firmed the ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

Aside from the Phil­health ac­cred­i­ta­tion, Tulmo also said that the hos­pi­tal will open ad­di­tional dial­y­sis beds to ac­com­mo­date more dial­y­sis pa­tients which the hos­pi­tal un­der the pre­vi­ous man­age­ment is known for.

“From five, we are now hav­ing 12 beds and soon we are go­ing to have 16 units,” Tulmo said.

The hos­pi­tal, he added, will also be in­vest­ing a CT scan.

“We are soon ac­quir­ing a new CT Scan and a new Vitek ma­chine, a ma­chine that would be able to iden­tify the mi­cro-or­gan­ism and look at their sen­si­tiv­ity pat­tern so that we will know what or­gan­isms are at­tack­ing the pa­tients and what an­tibi­otics are re­ally meant for that or­gan­ism. We will also be open­ing soon the gas­troen­doscopy unit,” Tulmo said.

At present, the hos­pi­tal’s bed ca­pac­ity is 120 and that 70 per­cent of it is now oc­cu­pied, he added.

The hos­pi­tal has a to­tal work­force of about 300 em­ploy­ees which is lower than the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The new hos­pi­tal un­der the new man­age­ment uses the build­ing of Ba­colod Our Lady Of Mercy Spe­cialty Hos­pi­tal that closed down in July 2018.

Since it is now un­der the new man­age­ment and a new cor­po­ra­tion, we also have new per­son­nel, fa­cil­i­ties, busi­ness per­mit and reg­is­tra­tion from the Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion, Tulmo ear­lier said.

He said the new man­age­ment was able to get the Li­cense to Op­er­ate (LTO) from the Depart­ment of Health (DOH) on Jan­uary 15.

The BOLMSH shut down its op­er­a­tions due to the non-is­suance of the hos­pi­tal ac­cred­i­ta­tion from Phil­health fol­low­ing lapses of the pre­vi­ous hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion.*

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