Wednesday, 08 July 2020

Sarangani provincial hospital now in service

ALABEL, Sarangani (March 23, 2019) - Sarangani’s provincial hospital at the Capitol Complex in Alabel is already operational as a 24-hour forward triage facility which is temporarily known as Sarangani Health Care Facility.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Arvin Alejandro said in the meantime the hospital will only be providing “initial management of clients” then forward them to the province’s referral hospitals in General Santos City.

“No admissions yet,” Alejandro said, until a fire safety certificate is secured as prerequisite to the issuance of the occupancy permit.

The moment they secure these permits, Alejandro said they will already process the license for the hospital to operate as infirmary facility pending the completion of the operating room which is expected by end of June 2019.

The operating room is funded as a component of the 2018 grant from the Department of Health (DOH). “And if we will be having the equipment as required of an operating room, then tuloy-tuloy na ‘yung operationalization ng provincial hospital as a Level 1 facility,” according to Alejandro.

Around P185 million was already spent for the construction of the provincial hospital with P170 million counterpart from the DOH and P15 million from the provincial government.

Also, the provincial government allocated P13 million for personal services requirement of the provincial hospital since it opened last August 29, aside from the P6 million for the maintenance and other operating expenditures and P15 million for the capital outlay for the purchase of equipment required of a Level 1 facility.

Initial mobilization of funds for putting up the hospital started in 2011 and construction began early 2013.

Alejandro also stressed the provincial hospital will be the final loop of the five other hospitals run by the provincial government in the municipalities of Maitum, Kiamba, Maasim, Malungon, and Glan.

As the core referral, “it means provision of other services that cannot be provided by our five municipal hospitals,” Alejandro said.

The provincial hospital is projected to be either a Level 2 or Level 3 facility while the municipal hospitals particularly in Kiamba, Malungon, and Glan will just be providing Level 1 services. All other services on top of it, however, shall be referred to the provincial hospital.

Municipal hospitals in Maitum and Maasim will remain as infirmary for the meantime but will be subject to rationalization again depending on the bulk of patients that are coming in, Alejandro said, pointing out the need for “additional increase of authorized bed capacity” despite the improvements already made particularly for Glan and Malungon hospitals.

Currently, Sarangani ties up thru a memorandum of agreement with three private hospitals in General Santos City namely Diagan Cooperative Hospital, SOCSARGEN County Hospital and Dr. George Royeca Hospital to cater to its indigent patients which costs the provincial government some P18 million annually.

But the moment the provincial hospital starts operating as Level 1, Alejandro said, they will definitely terminate their agreement with these hospitals which would generate annual savings for the province up to P9 million.

Every year, Sarangani is allocating P10 million for the enrollment of its 4,600 indigent constituents that resulted to 96% average rate of the province’s no billing policy or “no out of pocket” of Philhealth patients in 2017.

The 4,600 enrollment in Sarangani comprised 90% of the total admitted patients in its municipal hospitals. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

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