Our Lady Of Caysasay Medical Center

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Our Lady Of Caysasay Medical Center (OLCMC, formerly known as Our Lady of Caysasay Hospital) is a tertiary hospital located in Lemery, Batangas.

OLCMC is a member of the Philippine Hospital Association and the Philippine Private Hospital Association. It is accredited by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHILHEALTH) and by most HMO's.

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Directors

The President and CEO of Our Lady of Caysasay Medical Center Inc. is Dr. Margarito Hernandez. Its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer is Mrs. Corazon Hernandez-Lascano. Its Medical Director is Dr. Ernesto Vincent Flores and its Hospital Administrator is Dr. Macrina Cheryl Hernandez-Valdez.

History

In 1985, Dr. Margarito D. Hernandez started his private practice at OLCHO and at the same time acted as assistant to the Medical Director. After a while, management was transferred to him, and he continued the hospital operation for a year, after which the management decided to stop operation. OLCHO sold its equipment to another hospital in Batangas City. Dr. Hernandez, who was then at the peak of its practice, was left with no hospital to admit his patients. This urgent need, coupled with his background in hospital operation, gave him the courage to acquire a loan to purchase the old hospital building in 1987.

Our Lady of Caysasay Hospital reopened but had no equipment at all. Dr. Hernandez, with limited resources, found a way to acquire three beds (which were improved dormitory beds), an oxygen tank and regulator, a suction apparatus and other basic supplies good enough to start a lie-in clinic.

After six months of operation, the hospital was able to start routine laboratory procedures. The occupancy rate increased which convinced Dr. Hernandez to acquire more beds. A small portable X-ray Machine was the acquired 6 months later. The hospital was growing and the occupancy rate still went up. The number of beds was increased to twelve shortly thereafter.

Expansion

With the OLCHO’s continued growth, it became an inviting venue for medical practice. Doctors and specialists started to join its medical force. Obstetrics and Gynecology was offered in the hospital starting in 1992, which compelled OLCHO to complete its delivery room equipment. This too increased patient patronage. Increased demand made in necessary for the hospital to complete its Operating Room a year later, even though it was a difficult year financially. Towards the fifth year, Internal Medicine was offered as a service. The hospital acquired an EKG and opened a laboratory with complete blood chemistry and hematology.

The following year, Orthopedic Surgery and Urology were offered. A 300 MA PICKER X-ray was then acquired. The machine was capable of all radiological procedures. Ultrasonography followed shortly, which also caused a dramatic increase in the number of patients.

Other medical specialties like Ophthalmology, ENT, Head and Neck Surgery and Psychiatry were added to the list of services. Due to the continuous growth, the management decided to rent the adjacent building. The Clinical Laboratory Room was transferred to a bigger place and an Intensive Care Unit was built. Doctor’s offices for visiting specialists were also provided.

The next year, the hospital acquired its Quantitative Buffy Central Monitor Coat (QBC) Analysis Machine for CBC screening in minutes, Photometer 4020 (a computerized chemistry analyzer that can give results in minute), a refrigerator for the blood bank, ICU central monitor, complete operating and anesthesia equipments and an electrocautery unit. It also acquired a 300 KVA generator, capable of carrying the whole electrical load of the hospital during power outages and blackouts.

In 1995, Dr. Hernandez acquired a house and lot in front of the hospital and in 1996, he decided to annex the property as a hospital building.

In 1997, the main hospital facilities transferred to the renovated building while maintaining the old building for doctors’ offices and some diagnostic services. It became a 50 bed capacity hospital, with a bigger, air-conditioned Emergency Room, X-Ray, Ultrasound and Laboratory. The Intensive Care Unit was equipped with 2 infusion pumps, 2 MAI respirators, 2 pulse oximeters, cardiac monitors, and defibrillators. The following year, clinical analyzers were also added to its laboratory: I-Stat portable clinical analyzer capable of blood gas and electrolyte determination; Cell-Dyne 1700, an automated hematology analyzer; MediSense Optium, for quick blood glucose and blood ketone analysis; Coagu-Check Pro/DM for fast, easy and reliable on-the-spot determination of PT (Protime), APTT (Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time), ACT (Activated Clotting Time); and the IMX Machine for thyroid function tests.

A 3rd generation CT-Scan Quantex Plus was installed a few years later. A mammograph was also acquired to be of help in the screening and early diagnosis of soft breast mass and other related diseases. A new 500 MA X-Ray was installed to upgrade the X-Ray and Radiology Section. The Cardiology Section was also upgraded with the addition of 2D-Echo for the diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases. The Pulmonary unit was set up for the diagnosis and management of lung diseases. The Gastroenterology section, a subspecialty of Internal Medicine, was also set up for the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. In line with this, an Olympus Endoscope was added to its special diagnostic ancillary apparatus for the diagnosis of the diseases of the upper G.I. tract, duodenum, and lower F.I. tract.

Shortly thereafter, a new Shimadzu Ultrasound was acquired for abdominal, transvaginal and sonological examinations. The Audiometry and Hearing Aid Center was also established, equipped with a 51 Pure-One Audiometer and a separate tympanometer with printer. As an addition to its services, a well-equipped ambulance was acquired, to be on call on a 24-hour basis.

Incorporation and renovation

In 2004, having in mind a vision of improving health care in Lemery, and to catch up with the rising competition in the industry, Dr. Hernandez felt the need to have a new hospital building constructed. With the help of his sister Ms. Corazon Hernandez-Lascano, who was hospital administrator at the time, they started to negotiate with different doctors and investors to source additional funding for said project. Dr. Hernandez acquired the adjacent vacant lot and decided to build therein a new hospital building while maintaining the old buildings so as not to interrupt services in the meantime.

In 2005, the Our Lady of Caysasay Medical Center, Inc. was established, with Dr. Hernandez as the Chairman of the Board, President and CEO.

The construction of the new building was completed in 2007, and the operations of the hospital were formally turned over to a new management under Our Lady of Caysasay Medical Center, Inc. On 8 August 2007, the new building became operational. It was formally inaugurated on 8 September 2008 with no less than the Secretary of Health, Hon. Dr. Francisco T. Duque III as guest of honor, who described the new hospital building as “a masterpiece.” The old hospital buildings were still maintained and are now in the process of being converted into a medical arts center or doctors’ offices.

The Our Lady of Caysasay Medical Center updated its roster of equipment for diagnostic and ancillary services by acquiring a 4-D Ultrasound, a Universal 400 X-Ray Machine, and a Citiscan GE Sytec 1800i. It also put up a Heart Station with state-of the art equipment, including a 2-D echocardiography machine, basic resting ECG, stress ECG and holster ECG monitoring. It also acquired new laboratory equipment and boasts of being the first hospital in Southern Luzon to have a Fully Automated Laboratory Information System run by HCLab.

Ecological concerns

OLCMC is the only hospital in its area to be compliant with environmental laws and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ requirements. It has a hospital waste segregation and disposal system and a sewage treatment plant supervised by a certified pollution officer.

Contact

Phone: (043) 408 -18 (88-92)

Manila line: (02) 429-28-02

Fax: (043) 408-00-88

website: http://www.olcmcinc.com/

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