August 29, 2017 at 12:01 am
The Pagamutan ng Dasmariñas – a five-storey, state-of-the-art public hospital fully funded and operated by the City Government of Dasmariñas in Cavite to address the health needs of constituents—celebrates its first anniversary today.
Dasmariñas City Rep. Jennifer Austria-Barzaga and her husband, Mayor Elpidio Barzaga Jr., said the hospital has been of great help to the people of Dasmariñas.
“We have been saving lives for a year now and we look forward to continue to do so with the support of our constituents,” said Mayor Barzaga, also a former legislator.
The core principle of the “Pagamutan” is Commitment and Care for the Community with Competence and Compassion,” Rep. Jenny Barzaga, a nurse by profession, said.
“This public hospital is a hallmark that the City Government of Dasmariñas is committed in providing the best public service in terms of healthcare and wellness,” she said.
The hospital was constructed using only the city’s funds without aid from the national government and the private sector.
Construction began in September 2012 during the term of then-Mayor Jennifer Barzaga.
Built by Monolith Construction and Development Corp. and designed by Architect Jose Siao Ling, the hospital’s floor area is 11, 872 square meters at the rate of P35,000 per square meter for a base cost of P480,721,845.
The total cost reached P1 billion, including medical equipment; medical tools; elevators; generators; Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP); air-conditioners; picture archiving and communication system; hospital information system; PABX telephone system; human resource system; CCTV cameras; brand new computers for free Wi-Fi access; web-enabled kiosks; and medical gases.
It also includes a centralized medical oxygen, air and vacuum pipeline system; LED fountains; customized Thermoveil and Soleil mechanism; theater-type seats for the auditorium; furniture; shelves for the pharmacy; decorative fountains; floral decorations; chandelier, LED picture frames; customized curtain and curtain rods, hospital beds, linens, blankets pillows and pillow cases; hospital gowns for the patients and medicines.
Mayor Barzaga said the city invested in medical technologies and brand-new equipment to provide the most accurate diagnostics to its patients, such as a 1.5 Tesla Siemens Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine worth P52.9 million and a 16-slice Philips Computed Tomography (CT) scanner worth P16.4 million.
The Pagamutan also employed specialty physicians and committed medical personnel to aid in the delivery of healthcare services.
The hospital started operating on August 29, 2016 catering to the poorest if the poor Dasmarineños. It is operating on a 121-bed capacity without private or semi-private rooms, there are 12 hospital wards with eight beds per ward; one OB ward, one OB high-risk ward, two surgery wards, three medicine wards and three isolation wards for airborne, droplet, and contact diseases.
The outpatient department has 15 rooms and operates eight hours a day, five days a week with multi-disciplinary health teams which directly addresses the patient’s needs.
The hospital has a 20-bed Intensive Care Unit with state-of-the-art monitoring and therapeutic modalities; operating room complex with six operating room theaters for regular operations, caesarian cases, emergency, and outpatient clients; a five-bed labor room; delivery room with four tables; and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with 13 bassinets and 10 incubators.
It also has a newborn screening and breastfeeding room; dialysis center with 15 hemodialysis machines and beds with individual LED televisions; respiratory and cardiology units with services for electrocardiogram, 2D echo cardiogram, arterial blood gas, 15 mechanical ventilators, aerosol therapy and breathing exercises; a six-bed physical therapy room with deep heating and superficial heating modalities and cervical and lumbar traction and other modern medical equipment.