Bicol Medical Center up for P200M big expansion project in 2014

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NAGA CITY, Nov. 22 — The Bicol Medical Center here is up for a big-budget expansion project next year. The national government, through the Department of Health, will start the construction of the P200-million Bicol Medical Center expansion project in January next year.

Dr. Jensy Ong, BMC chief training officer, said during the 2nd Nursing Conference held here Wednesday that the expansion includes the construction of a nine-storey hospital building with 800-bed capacity, 12 operating rooms and a basement.

Based on the master site development plan, building construction also includes the five-storey emergency laboratory center, two-storey cancer center, wellness center, cardiac catheterization center and recreational facilities, such as covered court, basket ball court, swimming pool and fitness gym.

The expansion program will also put up a seven-storey Medical Arts building designed with parking space and cafeterias on the ground and second floors and medical consultants’ clinics on the 3rd to 7th floors of the building.

According to Ong, this project was designed by Singaporean consultants, which serves as their counterpart as contractors of the project.

He pointed out some implications to healthcare in the expansion and development of the hospitals — like health care capacity will be at par with national standards.

The BMC official said there is no need for clients to go to Manila to seek specialized medical management/treatment as health services in parity with national standards will be readily available at the BMC.

He also noted that the expansion project could help generate employment opportunities to at least 1,370 individuals with plantilla positions as their target.

The project will also provide a reasonable/affordable health facilities and services, better training and research environment and will also serve as the benchmark in pricing even for private hospitals, Ong said. (PNA)

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