Bataan General Hospital impresses officials

Health officials from Gabriela Silang Hospital from Vigan City, Ilocos Sur who recently visited the Bataan General Hospital in Balanga City, expressed awe over the high technology, procedures; and its newly constructed buildings and sprawling complex.

Headed by Engr. Danilo Estillore, Sanitary Engineer of Ilocos Sur, the group came all the way here just to see and observe for themselves the BGH facilities and operations, now the envy of others due to its modern facilities and state-of-the-art equipment. "The sequence flow for the patients is impressive. The system and the facilities are well-arranged," said Estillore.

Known as the former "Slaughter house" due to the big number of fatalities in the past, BGH is now the pride of Bataan after then governor, now 2nd district congressman Enrique "Tet" Garcia and then Congressman now Governor Abet S. Garcia, poured in a lot of funds for the establishment of a new three "3-story" buildings for BGH to improve the health services of the Bataeños.

As a result, BGH is now starting a famous reputation with other hospitals while health officials and personnel visit the multi-awarded institution in a bid to learn from its success.

The hospital, headed by Dr. Glory "Ria" Baltazar, recently won the national Red Orchid Award for a 100 percent tobacco-free environment. It is now also frequented by hospitals and health officials from all over the country to learn from its efficient admittance of patients and implementation of policies, as well as its intensified PhilHealth processing system.

Dr. Baltazar said they are compliant of President Aquino's agenda on providing financial risk protection to all indigent patients so they will have to pay for almost nothing on medical expenses when confined.

"We have improved our PhilHealth system. We see to it that when a patient is admitted, he would know how to use it," said Baltazar.

She explained that many citizens have been enrolled in PhilHealth through the help of the Garcias, including Mayor Joet S. Garcia of Balanga City and the tens of thousands of PhilHealth beneficiaries are almost paying nothing once they are admitted in BGH.

With this, BGH focused on streamlining the program through implementing an efficient computerized system flow. Once a patient is admitted, he will be asked if he is a PhilHealth beneficiary, and when tagged, the processing will be followed up in the patient's ward until he is released.

The 350 bed-capacity hospital also takes pride in its 101 percent accomplishment rate in newborn screening. Baltazar disclosed the hospital and the Provincial Government shoulder the P550 cost of each newborn screening for poor patients.

"Here, whether the patients have money or not, we assure that the newborn babies are screened for defects. That's why we have 101 percent accomplishment because even if the babies are born outside the hospital, we screen them," she pointed out.

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