VSMMC reaps awards for Covid-19 response

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VICENTE Sotto Memorial Medical Center Covid-19 chief implementer Dr. Helen V. Madamba and the Cebu City-based hospital’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, under the leadership of Dr. Grace N. Melchor, were recently selected awardees for the Gawad Bayaning Kalusugan (GBK) in the individual and team categories.

The management of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) assured the public that it “shall never sit on its laurels.”

The “recognition shall motivate us to do better as we always believe that in providing quality healthcare services to the public, more needs to be done,” it said in a statement.

The GBK—sponsored by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Association of Allied Health Organization of the Nation and HEAL Ph—is a “national search for the exemplary performance of frontliners in the health care and case management of Covid-19 patients,” classified into two categories: individual and team.

The recognition aims to pay tribute to the heroic and altruistic acts of frontliners in the time of the pandemic sparked by the coronavirus disease 2019.

The GBK chose 12 individuals and 12 teams to be awarded. Out of the hundred entries submitted from all over the country, VSMMC had a total of six nominees, two for the individual category and four for the team category. All nominees underwent strict scrutiny by the board of judges.

The GBK announced the finalists for the individual and team categories on Dec. 12, 2020.

International recognition

Meanwhile, the International Hospital Federation Beyond the Call of Duty for Covid-19 Program recognized VSMMC for its Covid-19 response action plan along with over 100 hospitals from 28 countries.

VSMMC’s “The True Mandirigma (Warrior): The VSMMC Story” received the recognition badge after a thorough review of an international review committee consisting of 16 industry experts from the healthcare industry.

“This is an honor for the whole hospital. What is more important is that we are able to help the patients,” said VSMMC director Dr. Gerardo M. Aquino Jr.

Recognized hospitals of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) Beyond the Call of Duty for Covid-19 Program were featured in an extensive international media campaign on Dec. 15, honoring hospitals and health service providers worldwide in their fight against Covid-19. The full list of recognized hospitals can be accessed through this link: https://www.ihf-fih.org/beyond-the-call-of-duty-for-covid-19/organizations/.

IHF chief executive officer Ronald Lavater said the outstanding work in response to the pandemic is transforming the future of healthcare.

“One of our motivations in creating this recognition program is to highlight the diversity and agility of the hospital industry in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic forced hospitals to develop, implement and adopt new ways to operate and many of these changes have accelerated positive transformation in the delivery of care,” he said.

The International Hospital Federation Beyond the Call of Duty for Covid-19 Program is sponsored by the Japanese Red Cross Ashikaga Hospital – Nikken Group and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations.