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Manny Pangilinan’s Hospital Group Aiming to Double Capacity for COVID-19 Patients

The group is stepping up efforts to battle the virus.
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The 16-hospital group owned by Manny Pangilinan’s Metro Pacific Investments Corp (MPIC) is stepping up efforts to combat the threat of COVID-19. The company has created a crisis team and designated the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Manila as its main referral facility for COVID-19 patients. 

Atty. Pilar Nenuca P. Almira, who currently heads both the Cardinal Santos Medical Center and the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, was appointed head of the crisis team. 

“By designating a hospital within the Group to be the main referral facility for PUM/PUI and COVID-infected cases, we are aligning our efforts with the Government to address the pandemic,” said Atty. Almira

All the other hospitals in the MPIC group will review their respective spaces, personnel complement, and technical resources, and will aim to double their existing capacity for COVID-related patients to more than 600 beds.

In addition to the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, the MPIC Hospitals Group includes the Makati Medical Center, Davao Doctor’s Hospital, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Riverside Medical Center (Bacolod), Asian Hospital and Medical Center, De Los Santos Medical Center (Quezon City), Central Luzon Doctors’ Hospital (San Vicenter, Tarlac), West Metro Medical Center (Zamboanga City), Manila Doctors Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital (Malolos, Bulacan), Marikina Valley Medical Center, Dr. Jesus Delgado Memorial Hospital (Quezon City), and St. Elizabeth Hospital (General Santos City).

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According to the company, should the pandemic rise in intensity in the coming weeks, the Hospitals Group has been mandated to plan for supplemental tents, with beds and requisite equipment, for noncritical COVID cases in selected hospital grounds, as an additional measure.

The MPIC Group is also scaling up its cooperation with and assistance for key government hospitals that are focused on caring for COVID-19 patients, including the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), the Philippine Genome Center, and the Lung Center of the Philippines. This includes sharing vital supplies such as virus specimen collection kits, transportation services, water supply, alcohol, face masks, disinfectants and PPEs and communications support like hotlines, mobile phones, WiFi, and other digital solutions.

“The country’s health care system faces unprecedented challenges because of the ongoing pandemic, caused by a virus that is unfamiliar, and seems easily transmitted. Our Hospitals Group are focusing their resources on critical concerns—particularly hospital care for the most critically-ill patients infected by COVID-19,” Pangilinan said. 

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“At the same time, we aim to provide every assistance possible to our doctors, nurses and health care personnel to protect their well-being and safety as they courageously pursue their enormously difficult task of caring for patients. We owe them an inestimable debt of gratitude—these gallant frontliners who altogether reflect our people’s compassion and caring,” he added.

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