Southern Philippines Medical Center to construct 4-floor centralized ICU building

nov 10, 2103

The biggest government-run Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City is scheduled to construct next year a building for centralized intensive care unit (ICU) having four floors costing P80-P100 million.

SPMC Chief of Hospital Dr. Leopoldo Vega bared in an interview that aside to the centralized ICU building whose budget is already incorporated in SPMC’s 2014 total budget, the construction of a separate building for obstetric care (OB) department for women and children patients is also proposed by the SPMC management considering the congestion of the present space for them at present.

“It also costs the same, about P80-100 million,” he said.

The present gym within SPMC’s compound at Bajada area would be converted into a centralized ICU building.

The scheduled budget for the ICU building would stop SPMC’s five-year drought of having no capital outlay for infrastructure from the national government.

The last time that the SPMC got a capital outlay was in 2008 when the P30 million was provided for the upgrading of wards.

Dr. Vega also bared that the SPMC management has proposed for next year’s general appropriations a total of about P305 million, of which P250 million is for the salaries and wages of personnel while about P55 million is for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE).

He said that currently SPMC, which has a total of 750 personnel, is saddled in responding to an average of 1,200 admitted patients, 1,010 out patients, and an average of 840 patients taken into emergency room.

“SPMC is experiencing a gradual 12-15 percent yearly increase of patients,” he added.  (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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