CCMC gains level 2 rating

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THE Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) was recently given a Level 2 accreditation by the Department of Health (DOH) for its improved facilities and services.

The accreditation, dated August 22, 2022 and signed by DOH 7 Director Jaime Bernadas, is valid until the end of this year. It is subject for renewal.

CCMC administrator Sonia Empinado said the hospital currently has 225 beds. It also operates an intensive care unit with 10 beds and an ambulance, both of which are also accredited by the DOH.

Anton Reposar II, acting CCMC chief, said the hospital can now manage pediatric and adult patients who are critical at its intensive care unit, while its outpatient department, which has a separate dental clinic, can attend to specialty cases.

“We can manage specialty cases, such as stroke, myocardial infarction (heart attack) and pulmonary cases,” he said.

To get the Level 2 accreditation, Reposar and Empinado said the CCMC had to have at least three departments that were accredited by established medical organizations.

These are General Surgery, accredited by the Philippine Society of General Surgeons Inc.; Pediatrics, accredited by the Philippine Pediatric Society Inc.; and Internal Medicine, accredited by the Philippine College of Physicians.

Reposar said the CCMC is waiting for the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society to accredit its OB/Gyne Department.

He also said having a functional respiratory unit helped the CCMC get the upgrade, adding that the hospital also operates ophthalmology and anesthesia units and maintains three pulmonologists as consultants.

The CCMC is the second public hospital in Cebu to receive a Level 2 accreditation after the Cebu South Medical Center, formerly known as the Talisay District Hospital.

The Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City is the only government hospital in Central Visayas to have a level 3 accreditation.

Reposar and Empinado are confident the CCMC will soon be given a Level 3 accreditation as it continues to improve and expand its services and facility with the fourth to 10th floors still under construction.

As for Mayor Michael Rama, he was determined that the CCMC would soon be completed with two contractors working on the building with a budget of more than P900 million.

Last June, however, the mayor threatened to cancel the contract of one of the contractors if it failed to finish the 10-story building before Oct. 28.

The CCMC used to be a four-story building with a 300-bed capacity.

However, it was declared structurally unfit after sustaining heavy damage during the Oct. 15, 2013 earthquake.

The old building was demolished a year later.

Only three floors of the new CCMC are currently opened.