SPMC marks 100th year

THE SOUTHERN Philippines Medical Center launched its centennial celebration on Monday with the promise to continue to lead in providing medical services to the poor.

SPMC medical chief Dr. Leopoldo Vega said the celebration marks the government hospital’s milestone in giving health services in Mindanao.

“SPMC recognizes its roots as the first Davao public hospital established by the Americans in 1917,” Vega said. It then became a Japanese garrison and hospital, and eventually became the Davao General Hospital.

The hospital grew and underwent changes in name: from Davao Regional Hospital, to Davao Regional and Training Hospital, to Davao Medical Center, and now as Southern Philippines Medical Center.

The series of activities that will run in the next months until Aug. 11 will celebrate the history of the hospital and how it evolved through the years, transforming health care in Mindanao.

Vega added that SPMC is now moving towards the Philippine health agenda by establishing more specialty centers that cater to specific needs of patients with cancer and diseases in kidney and heart. There are also centers for orthopedics and mother and child care.

“We would like to dictate health-care in terms of providing services for the poor,” he said.

Vega added that there will always be difficulties in managing the big institution because “this isn’t a walk in the park.”

He added they will always look into progress as well as long and short term gains, balancing everything to provide services for patients. He added that the hospital acquires new equipment for departments regularly.

The hospital currently has 1,500 beds and caters to at least 1,000 patients daily in its outpatient department. Daily average of patients catered in the emergency room is at 650.

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