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Newly-renovated naval hospital’s OPD opens

The SM Foundation Inc. opened recently the newly-renovated out-patient department (OPD) of the Cavite Naval Hospital, its 135th health and wellness center to date and the 24th military health facility that it renovated throughout the country.
The newly-renovated and refurbished facility will cater not just to the healthcare needs of the sailors and naval and civilian personnel but also to their dependents.
As SMFI executive director Connie Angeles for health and wellness said “this is in keeping with our commitment to support our uniformed personnel for risking their lives and limbs to ensure our protection and the safety of our country.”
The naval project is the first partnership between SMFI and the Makati Medical Center Foundation Inc., headed by Marge Macasaet Barro and Ideaspace headed by Butch Meily—both subsidiaries of the MVP Group of Companies.
Both MMC and Ideaspace are providing the software to the naval hospital so that patients attended to by the facility will no longer undergo time-consuming routine tests before being given the appropriate treatment, as the software would already contain their medical histories.
The OPD, located at the back of the 94-bed naval hospital, accredited by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and licensed by the Department of Health, caters to about 100 patients a day or 3,000 patients a month.
The renovated facility has clinics for: prenatal care, family planning menopause, well-baby, bone and joint, ophthalmology and ENT, diabetes, osteoporosis, physical therapy (rehabilitation medicine), DOTs anti-TB program of DoH, psychiatric evaluation/ management.
Medical specialties are: general surgery, anesthesiology, OB Gynecology, ENT (eye nose and throat)/otolaryngology, ophthalmology, orthopedics surgery and bone & joint, pediatrics, general and internal medicine, rehab medicine/physiotherapy, psychiatry and visiting consultations of urology and dermatology.
Ancillary and diagnostic services include laboratory (CBC hematology, urinalysis), blood chemistries, PAP smear; X-ray-Radiology and ultrasound, ECG and stress test, drug testing (DoH accredited).
Other services are emergency medical and surgical care for injured patients; dispatch medical and surgical teams as needed; conduct preventive medical activities; provide medical personnel to Philippine Navy Alert and Readiness teams and combat troops in operation areas; and provide disaster teams in various emergency situations.
The naval station hospital, the 8th Station Hospital of the AFP was created on Sept. 20, 1954 with initially 25-bed capacity that grew to 100 beds in 1986, is envisioned to provide comprehensive quality health care to ensure and conserve the fighting strength of the PN in particular and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in general.
In 1987 the Naval Station was strengthened with the deactivation of the Sangley Point Medical Dispensary and the transfer to the Naval Station Hospital in Fort San Felipe, Cavite City and was later renamed to Cavite Naval Hospital.

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