By Vicky Berdina M. de Guzman
TODAY, September 16, is a red-letter day in Davao City for a special reason. The Metro Davao Medical and Research Center opens today its outpatient clinic and services to the public.
These include the Laboratory, Diagnostic Radio Imaging, Cardiovascular and Neurology Unit, and a Pharmacy.
A 50-percent discount on all laboratory tests will be available today and also big discounts on available medicines. The MDMRC also has free screening on Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS) / Random Blood Sugar (RBS) for the first 50 patients; and also cholesterol screening for the first 50 patients.
A multidisciplinary hospital like no other, it will offer a myriad of health services to Dabawenyos and health-conscious citizens of neighboring cities and provinces in Mindanao.
The MDMRC is a modern hospital offering a comprehensive range of medical and paramedical services aside from being primed to conduct future researches. The people behind MDMRC may not be obsessed with being a Mayo Clinic in the future, but it is not wrong for any young medical practitioner to make it his/her magnificent obsession of belonging to a world-class facility famous for innovative and effective treatments. Right now, around 140 doctors have committed to establish their clinics in this center covering almost every sub specialty of each department.
The doctors are well-trained and possess excellent credentials. Some had undergone further studies and special training. The center has doctors specializing in aesthetic and anti-aging medicine, hair and scalp diseases–hair transplant and restoration, gynecologic oncology, sleep medicine, hematology, and other specialties of different departments.
There are a total of 109 clinics covering majority of the sub specialties.
Included in their center are a spa, diabetes center, dialysis center, and rehabilitation center.
MDMRC also is referred to as a “Health Service and Wellness Center,” mainly because they want the hospital and medical center to be an advocate of good and healthy living, apart from giving treatment to the sick. What makes the new facility different from others is that it provides proper guidance to people to help them attain a healthy life-style.
Its patients are assured of the following benefits and special services:
Diabetes Ambulatory Care and Wellness Center
The Diabetes Ambulatory Care and Wellness Center does not just give treatment to people with diabetes. They also have counseling to the families and relatives of the patient in order for them to fully understand the situation and bearings of the patient.
According to Dr. Mae R. Gallardo, one of the medical internists, the center aims to provide effective management of diabetes through the full continuum of care committed to ameliorate the disease and seeks to deliver a holistic approach to improve diabetes outcomes and expunge the disease throughout the city. It will be handled by medical internists trained in ambulatory diabetes care.
The services offered are Diabetes Education, Family Counseling, Blood Sugar Screening, Basic Foot Café and Foot Services, Medical Nutrition Therapy, and Consultation.
The hospital also offers rehabilitation services - the All Care Physical and Wellness Rehabilitation Services of Long Island, New York by Fernando Tan, Jr. MD, PT. Dr. Fernando Tan will fly from the United States to Davao City for a week-long consultation starting on September 16.
Near the entrance of the MDMRC building is the hospital’s pharmacy which offers reasonable prices of assured good quality medicines. Prices in the pharmacy are competitive with those offered by commercial drug stores outside.
MDMRC wants to create the notion that their pharmacy is not the usual and ordinary pharmacy found inside the hospitals.
Patients are also assured of the quality and accuracy of results from their laboratory. The MDMRC acquired brand new diagnostic machines that will give precise results for better diagnosis.
From September 17 to 23, a 50-percent discount on all available laboratory tests will be offered.
The laboratory operates from 6:00 in the morning up to 5:00 in the afternoon. All of its sections are well-equipped with high-end facilities. The sections include Clinical d, Serology, Hematology, Clinical Microscopy, Microbiology and Histopathology.
There are different pathways for admitted patients and outside patients towards the x-ray center. This ensures privacy for patients in hospital beds or in wheelchairs who are required to undergo x-ray. Outpatients waiting for their turn will not be traumatized by other patients who are being rushed to the x-ray center.
It will be the first time in Davao wherein a hospital aspires to be a leading research center. According to Dr. Yvette Yenco-Tan, the Medical Director, the MDMRC is interested in research, specifically clinical research.
Health care with a heart
The MDMRC is committed to provide excellent health care services to its patients–the people in Mindanao and Southeast Asia. Dr. Tan said that the medical research for the development of profession will make the MDMRC worthy to be predicated with “Health care with a heart.”
“The target date for the hospital’s fullswing operation will hopefully be before the end of this year after the Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) shall have done theirr inspections,” Dr. Tan said.
She also said that the idea of putting up a hospital started in 2010 at the time when Davao City was hit by a dengue epidemic.
According to Samuel Uy, hospital administrator, the hospital that took years in the making. It carries the special tagline that he truly believes in and that is, “when you do thing with your heart, you do it sincerely and not on monetary purposes.”
Many local guests are also expected to attend the opening today.