TAGBILARAN CITY – Dr. Dodong Arcay, incumbent chief of Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH), was wondering on the news report that the Bohol’s only tertiary government-run hospital would not be built due to the presence of sinkholes at barangay Malayo Norte, Cortes town, where it is to be relocated. DYTR received his reaction thru text last night but did not give further comments on the said report.
DYTR tried but failed to get the opinion of Engr. Al Berador of the Mines and Geo-sceincs Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) last night over the said report. Government officials planned to relocate GCGMH to Cortes town, about 12 kilometers north from here, with the assurance of funding for its construction of a new and bigger medical facility.
Earlier, the Department of Health (DOH) through former Sec. Enrique Ona assured the provincial government of funding the hospital’s new found site and building soon. Appropriation from the national government for the hospital construction and transfer will be included every year until it is completed.
The total estimate of the project is PhP2,990,000,000 (billion), former hospital chief Dr. Nenita M. Po said. She said that there’s a need to transfer the facility as it is becoming crowded and as if there’s no enough room for expansion as its clientele is growing every day.
The provincial government has donated five (5) hectares in Cortes town for the accommodation of the hospital’s building facility and other facilities.
GCGMH, the former Bohol Provincial Hospital, is a 225-bed capacity but in actual utilization it serves with 250-bed under the level 2 general license category. The bed capacity is apportioned to: 200 beds authorized for PhilHealth; 50 actual and 175 beds for charity patients, she said.
It has major departments, such as surgical, medical, OB-Gyne and Pediatrics while accredited departments are general surgery, internal medicine, OB-Gyne, General Pediatrics and Pathology with major services include the medical, nursing. Administrative and finance. Other departments include Outpatient (OPD), radiology, laboratory (clinical, anatomic), anesthesia and dental.
The hospital is currently manned by a total of 748 personnel, including regular personnel (335); casual, one; contractual, 127; job orders, 88; security guards, 21; RN Heals, 168; province-paid, 4; and medical pool, 4.
Its existing programs include, center for wellness, asthma clinic, diabetes program, family planning, dental health, mental health, drug and substance abuse clinic, cancer prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention, rabies control program and reproductive health program.
The hospital then started with only two-room capacity is a government medical facility and a non-profit. It was constructed under Republic Act 3116 as amended by RA 3168 when it opened on October 19, 1929 with only 8-bed capacity.
Then Congressman Bartolome Cabangbang sponsored a bill in Congress renaming it to GCGMH on April 6, 1984 by virtue of Batas Pambansa Blg. 640. The said law was amended by RA 7266 increasing the number of bed capacity to 225. (rvo)