Budget for modern reg’l hospital gets NEDA nod

The much needed modern government hospital will commence construction next year as the budget for the construction of the new Gov. Celestino Gallares Regional Hospital in Cortes town was recently approved by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).
NEDA Regional Director Carreon personally visited the province last week as a prelude to the release of P1 billion, which is the first phase of the P2.2 billion budget for said hospital construction. 

Once approved by NEDA, the bidding of the modern hospital will be conducted at the Department of Health (DOH) central offices in Manila within this quarter.

Dr. Jose Arcay, hospital chief told the Chronicle the modern hospital will be located in a sprawling five-hectare lot owned by the provincial government in barangay Malayo Norte, Cortes town which is just 30-minute drive from the city. The modern hospital will be a 500-bed medical facility. The original proposal for a 600-bed capacity was reduced to 500 during budget deliberations.

The P2.2 billion budget still excludes the medical equipments.

Gov. Edgar Chatto is strongly endorsing the project as he finds the urgent need of better medical facilities here. The chief executive wants the project to commence construction by early next year.

This will eventually solve the congestion problem at the existing hospital, the original first building of which was constructed way back in 1929. In 1980, the hospital was elevated to a provincial training hospital. Four years later, DOH further hiked its status as a regional training hospital in Central Visayas.  

The congestion is a perennial problem at the 250-bed hospital situated in the downtown area surrounded by business establishments and some residential houses.

Under the stewardship of Dr. Arcay, the hospital embarked on some unprecedented programs like the transformation of a much criticized garbage dumping area into a clean parking space right in front of the hospital entrance. The hospital also recently acquired its first CT Scan, which will soon be operational.

Meanwhile, Dr. Arcay took pride to announce that the hospital received last month the “Orchid Award,” the highest award given to hospitals which are sealed with the good practice insignia of being a “smoke-free” hospital.

The city based government hospital received the national award from the Department of Health (DOH).
A MUST. Amidst a much criticized government health service, this is the proposed modern 500-bed Gov. Celestino Gallares Regional Hospital to be constructed in barangay Malayo Norte, Cortes town starting next year in a five-hectare lot owned by the provincial government.

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