By ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ
THE Jose Panganiban Primary Hospital Service Cooperative (JPPHSC) is gearing up to build the second-floor in its hospital to be able to rise to Level 1 category, hopefully next year, and provide more medical and healthcare services.
This was stressed by cooperative board chairperson Priscilla G Mariano in a comment carried in the 2013 financial report of the cooperative.
She said the proposed new section of the cooperative hospital would need at least Php2 million to complete and that amount has already been set aside.
Noting that JPPHSC is at present a primary health care facility, Mariano stressed that the facility has to upgrade to Level 1 as required by the rules and regulations governing the new classification of hospitals and other health facilities in the country.
She warned that failure to do so would mean a 30% reduction of benefits the facility would get from PhilHealth as determined by the number of patients it serves.
“We need to install the second floor so we could provide services in general medicine, pediatrics, OB-Gyne and surgery.
“There’s also a need for ancillary services such as isolation service emergency and out-patient services, surgical, maternity services, dental clinic, blood station, secondary and clinical laboratory, first level X-ray and pharmacy.”
Mariano said that said services would require corresponding medical officers, nurses and medical staff and the required facilities and equipment.
To meet this need, the hospital is expected to hire more personnel.
Mariano recalled that as early as 2011, the cooperative had already planned to build the second floor to meet the need for more rooms with the increasing number of patients.
However, such plan was revised as the new rules set out by the Department of Health required more services and not just increased number of rooms.
Mariano stressed such service expansion has been supported by the cooperative co-owners who approved the allocation of Php500,000 for the project.
The additional Php1.5 million was provided last year through board resolution. The fund will come from the savings posted in 2012.
Last year, the cooperative hospital admitted 3,185 patients. Of this, 1,360 were paying patients, 550 members, 1,157 indigents with the rest making up different patient categories.
During the period, the hospital discharged (alive) 3,221 patients, while total in-patients who died were 11.
The hospital also said the seven leading causes of deaths were acute myocardial infarction, severe pneumonia, cerebrovascular accident, central nervous system infection, status asthmaticus, placental retention and acute gastroenteritis with moderate dehydration.
During the period in review, the hospital attended to 7,765 outpatients (including those who revisited for further treatment/checkups), for an average of 21 patients per day.
The most common cases brought in included fever (857); cough and colds (411); dizziness (259); cough (270); LBM and vomiting (231); difficulty in breathing (215); headache (138); abdominal pain (122); chest pain (107); and lumbar/lower back pain (71).
During the period, the hospital performed a total of 914 minor surgeries on cases that included lacerated wounds, abrasion wounds and dog bites, among others.
Also during the year, the hospital dispensed with (sold) drugs and pharmaceutical items worth about P6 million.
It also earned P1.2 million in professional fees/consultation fees; P159,241 in X-ray fees; P5.13 million and room and board; 481,713 in laboratory fees; 49,000 in ECG fees and P205,186 in emergency fees.
The cooperative hospital’s operation is managed by medical director Dr Amador C Salen.