CGH sets for expansion

AFTER upgrading its medical equipment and facilities by acquiring state-of-the-art technologies around the globe, Chinese General Hospital is putting up a medical school in 2017 to produce more doctors and specialists needed for its expanding medical facility in Manila.

Depending on how fast it gets the required permits and licenses from both national and local governments, the medical learning institution is expected to beef up the practitioners at the current 700-bed facility (100 beds of which are dedicated to charity patients) so that they have a ready place to train in-house during internship and get priority in being hired by CGH, once they acquire their licenses to practice, said CGH president/CEO Dr. James Dy to OpinYon.

“We already broke ground for this medical learning institution and we expect to operate it by 2017. It already has a dean and the teaching staff mostly came from the University of Santo Tomas,” he added.

Established in 1891, CGH with its upgraded facilities and better-equipped medical and support staff is now more than a 5-star hotel and can compete well with the best medical institutions in Metro Manila, Dy stated.

 

From 3rd Class to 1st Class

Just recently it inaugurated its CT scan 512 slice CT Scan acquired from GE for P100 million.

“When I assumed the presidency 28 years ago, CGH only had one building, now we have seven buildings including the college of nursing and other medical disciplines, we keep expanding” he said. 

“When I came in it was nothing but a third- class hospital. Now we are at par with any of the big hospitals in Metro Manila. We have more than 1,500 good doctors here, this is the oldest. We will not just be at par but we will surpass all the other big hospitals because we are soon inaugurating the latest CT scan from GE, the first of its kind with 512 slides. It costs us P100 million. We acquire the best equipment and the best practitioners because one without the other makes it useless,” he continued.

I pay much attention to the equipment and additional infrastructure so the hospital can be one of the best in Metro Manila, Dy added.

More Departments

He said though expansion on the bed capacity is not going to happen soon, they are expanding different departments like the dialysis and the heart institute. 

“We are soon building another facility to accommodate dialysis in one whole floor of a new building to be set up in Benavidez St. in Binondo” he revealed. 

“Right now, we are using three shifts of our dialysis but still no sufficient because too many Filipinos are sick in the kidney. The new facility will house doctors’ clinics, laboratories, Xrays and office headquarters of Chinese Charitable Association (which he chairs), which owns and operates the CGH, the Medical Center and College of Nursing. This broke ground and we are waiting for permits from the City Hall of Manila. We are ready but we have to work on some papers” he explained.

CGH has had 100 percent passing rates in practically most licensure exams, principally psychometrics, nursing, physical therapy and others.

On November 26, 2014, a team of physicians composed of Dr. Timothy C. Dy, Dr. Melissa Co-Sia, Dr. Aristides Panlilio, and Dr. Theresa Menor performed the country's first clinically successful non-surgical repair of the mitral valve (MitraClip) at Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center's (CGHMC) Cardiovascular Catherization and Intervention Unit (CCIU). 

 

5-star hospital

“We are a five -star hospital and working to be six stars soon. The new building in Binondo will cater to the Binondo-based people but not for confinement. All the remaining floors will be used as office spaces and parking lot,” he said.

As to which medical facility in Asia CGH benchmarks with, Dy said it is with hospitals in Singapore, Taiwan and Hongkong but not with those in Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos which are behind us.

He said most of those who take up nursing, though they get priority in CGH once licensed, get into the course to go abroad,” he lamented. But the hospital gives priority to its own graduates.

As to what makes CGH stand out among private hospitals locally is that aside from catering to those with the means to pay “is that they are also a non-profit charitable institution”. 

To us people’s lives are more important than making so much profit, that is why our hospital is always full,” he said.

It also does not distinguish as to citizenship accepting Filipinos, Filipino-Chinese (or Chinese with Filipino passports and legitimate voters) and other nationalities.

Aside from the CT scan that it acquired, CGH is also the first to introduce the technology of   by Dr. Timothy Dy (his cousin who specializes in cardiology) using the latest technique to treat heart patients called the “watchman system” which de-clogs arteries and veins that make blood circulation to the heart extremely difficult leading to stroke. 

 

Heart Institute

At CGH Heart Institute, established in 1969, patients can opt for the non-invasive, non-surgical heart procedures like the MITRACLIP (or the percutaneous mitral valve repair clip) and the TAVR (or the transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (since March 2012) which addresses problems in the aortic valve called aortic stenosis, which impedes the flow of blood from the heart to the rest of the body. 

This breakthrough procedure represents the next advancement in non-surgical treatment of valvular heart disease. 

In March of 2012, the same team with Dr. Nelson Lee, performed their first Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) at CGHMC. TAVR addresses a problem in the aortic valve called aortic stenosis, which impedes the flow of blood from the heart to the rest of the body. 

The team of Dr. Timothy C. Dy, Dr. Melissa Co-Sia, Dr. Aristides Panlilio, and Dr. Theresa Menor has performed 16 TAVR cases since 2012.

MitraClip aims to address another common valvular problem, mitral valve regurgitation. This is a condition where blood that has already entered the heart flows backwards towards the lungs instead of being sent out to the rest of the body. 

Just like aortic stenosis, mitral regurgitation can affect many different patients. The mainstream treatment for severe aortic and mitral valvular disease is open-heart surgery. However, up to 30 percent of patients who needs surgery are deemed too high-risk to undergo an operation.

Percutaneous (non-surgical) therapy for valvular problems represents a revolutionary option for patients who would otherwise not receive any treatment. 

Studies comparing these treatment modalities against surgery have shown that in carefully-screened and selected patients, these less-invasive treatments have outcomes that are just as good as or better than surgery. 

Even in high-risk patients who are no longer surgical candidates, these procedures can be performed with a high level of safety and success. Patients spend less time in the intensive care unit (ICU) during recovery and generally can be sent home much earlier than patients undergoing open-heart surgery. Their recuperation after discharge from the hospital is likewise shorter.

 

Heart and lung machine

He said CGH just bought a heart and lungs machine for over P12 million. “When you open your heart, you have to retire your lungs leading to the heart so that heart bypass is resorted to. But with his heart and lung machine (their current is 25- year- old so he had to buy a new one).

He said he bought last June 2016 a lot of digital X-ray machines from Samsung in Korea. He said the hospital uses only brand-new machines. 

A press release of Samsung on the MOA signing said the equipment acquired include:  512 slice CT scan machine, full room digital radiography solutions, mobile DR systems, and high end ultrasound systems. The program also includes an extensive renovation of the entire radiology department, effectively making CGHMC’s radiology department as one of Asia’s best. 

Our institution puts more importance on saving human lives, more than making money which is why it invests so much in equipment, doctors and support staff. 

 

 

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