Friday, 14 August 2009

PGMA inaugurates state-of-the-art medical tourism facility in Subic

SUBIC, Zambales (PND) – Residents of this bustling freeport zone as well as the surrounding provinces can now avail of proper medical health care with the opening of the state of the art George Dewey Medical and Wellness center (GDMWC) which President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated today.

The 100-bed tertiary hospital located inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone is a one-stop medical and wellness destination sitting on a 12-hectare facility atop a hill surrounded by lush forest. It is owned and operated by the George Dewey Medical College, Inc., a 5-year old school exclusively for nursing students.

Upon her arrival at Villa Amorosa, Upper Cubi here, the President cut the ribbon and unveiled the marker of the center at the main lobby. She also toured the center’s facility.

GDMWC president Dr. Carmen Dinglasan told the President during the project briefing that the facility can help make the Philippines a preferred health care destination. It is in response to the challenge posed by leading medical tourism providers like Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.

The $30 million center, she said, currently employs 200 medical staff and health related workers. It still needs another 300 employees for its future expansion.

Because of its proximity to Central and Northern Luzon, Dinglasan said the center can serve the medical and health needs of the residents from Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Cagayan Valley, Isabela, La Union, Ilocos provinces and the Clark Economic Zone.

Among the services patients can avail of are cardiac surgery, joint and hip replacement, reconstructive surgery, corneal transplant, refractive surgery and multi-focal intraocular lens implantation, stem cell rejuvenation, sleep disorder therapy, transplant surgery, laboratory analysis, pain management, fertility clinic and dental implants.

The center, according to Dinglasan can also serve as a health resort for retirees seeking medical treatment.

Assisting the President in the ribbon-cutting and unveiling of the marker were Bataan Governor Enrique “Tet” Garcia, Zambales 1st District Rep. Mitos Magsaysay, Zambales 2nd District Rep. Antonio Diaz, Bataan 1st District Rep. Herminia Roman, Bataan 2nd District Rep. Albert Garcia, Subic Mayor Jeffrey Khonghun, UP Economic professor and GDMWC chairperson Winnie Monsod, and Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) commissioner Dante Ang.

Also present were Cabinet Officer for Regional Development 3 (CORD) chairman Edgardo Pamintuan, Presidential Assistant for Central Luzon Undersecretary Lorelei Fajardo, SBMA Chairman Feliciano Salonga and SBMA Administrator Armand Areza.

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