Estrada lauds Sta. Ana Hospital on 8th year of patient care

MANILA Mayor Joseph Estrada has congratulated the doctors and staff of the Sta. Ana Hospital of Manila on its eighth year of operation for being the premiere government hospital in Manila that provides quality cost effective health care.

“I want to congratulate Director Dr. Clarita ‘Clara’ Reyes, all the doctors, nurses and medical staff for your hard work. With your dedicated and compassionate operation with the aim of achieving an outstanding care quality with results to providing quality patient care despite the serious pressures,” Estrada said.

“You were able to demonstrate clinical excellence, commitment and professionalism and have provided the highest quality health to people’s cares in partnership with the city government and the community,” the mayor added.

Dr. Reyes provided a brief history of the hospital and spotlighted the important role it plays to its commitment to giving excellent health care to the public.

Sta. Ana Hospital is situated in the 6th District of Manila and is the youngest among the other five district hospitals of Manila. It is DoH accredited Level II Hospital with a 300-bed capacity license to operate.

It is a member of the Philippine Hospital Association; PhilHealth accredited hospital, a member of the Philippine Hospital Association and Philippine Society for Quality Health Care.

Sta. Ana Hospital has its own unique contribution to the Philippine community, Reyes said.

“Today, we celebrate our eight years of exceptional care for our people’s health, we look forward to reinforcing our commitment to excellence every day. Again, congratulations to us all in cooperating and sharing the best practice to deliver wider, significant services in health care,” she added. 

Sta. Ana Hospital is also referred to as Operation Smile Philippines Manila Cleft Palate Center in the Philippines.

The City of Manila, through Sta. Ana Hospital, forged the partnership with OSP in 2011.

For the past seven years, cleft lip/cleft palate operations were offered to children conducted by OSP volunteer’s doctors and nurses. These partnerships brought about close a total of 1,000 free cleft surgeries.

“Through the Operation Smile, a lot of kids have been operated on and are growing with full confidence in themselves. For this, the city government is very grateful to you,” said Estrada.   

Dr. Reyes added that Sta. Ana Hospital through OSP, has been the main venue for Bb. Pilipinas Charities Foundation, whose beauty pageant candidates often visit.

The Philippines is at an alarming rate of 31 new Filipinos detected to have HIV. Since 2012, Sta. Ana Hospital has started to address this felt need by creating its own HIV and AIDS core team.

Through the years, capacity building and various advocacy activities were conducted to ensure Sta. Ana Hospital staff/employees are aware what HIV is all about and prepare the institution against any forms of stigma and discriminatory practices among its health providers.

In 2016, Sta. Ana hospital along with the other six national and private hospitals has earned accreditation as a HIV Treatment hub. It is the first LGU hospital who has been able to gain this accreditation.

To date, a total of 60 patients directly handled by the institution. Free ARV drugs as well as CD4 count test are made available.

Consequently, also in 2016, along with three other national hospitals (UP PGH, Jose Reyes, Fabella), Sta. Ana Hospital is a referral hub for pregnant mothers who are HIV positive and are about to give birth, this is part of the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission program of the Department of Health.

Since 2010, Sta. Ana Hospital is the lone hospital to provide physical therapy/rehabilitative services headed by Physiatrist assisted by 4 Physical therapists and PT interns from PT affiliated schools/universities.

Common patients are post-stroke patients, post vehicular accidents, post-surgery cases that needs rehabilitation. Admitted patients had the benefit to start receiving rehabilitation sessions and continued at the OPD level until full recovery.

As most of the Traditional Medical Residency training program would require every three days duty to all residents on training. Sta. Ana Hospital Department of Family Medicine has been accredited by the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) as Level 2 Innovative approach training.

That means, the residents under training are only required 40 hours/week medical training and they can still practice outside Sta. Ana Hospital premises. Currently, the Department of Fam Med is on its second year of residency training implementation.

“We have two current residents whose salary were paid by Romblon Province and a Department of National Defense as these doctors are deployed at Sta. Ana hospital for residency training purposes only. While the other residents utilized other professionals fund needs,” said Dr. Reyes.

This is relatively a new department until the Clinical Division handed by 1 dietician, 1 pharmacist and 2 doctors (adult/pedia) fully trained to handle and follow through Diet and nutrition needs of patients.

As most of the admitted patients are under nourished, there is much need for nutritional buildup of these patients who were referred from the wards and at the OPD level. Initial assessment and customized diet and nutrition prescription is being given to the patient and followed through until full recovery.

Another new field wherein pharmacist conducts clinical rounds and prepares total parental nutrition (TPN) needs of the patient.

These are currently the unique clinical medical services offered by Sta. Ana Hospital, apart from the other five (5) city hospitals that include: 1) Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital in Binondo; 2) Ospital ng Sampaloc; 3) Ospital ng Tondo; 4) Ospital ng Maynila in Quirino Ave., Malate, Mla. and Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center in Zaragoza St., Tondo. 

Topics: Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada , Sta. Ana Hospital of Manila , Director Dr. Clarita Clara Reyes , DoH
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