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Monday, September 21, 2015

ZSPH bags Asian Hospital Management Award 2015

By Rhea Grace A. La Plana

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay – Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Hospital (ZSPH) recently won the Asian Hospital Management Award 2015 under the category Community Hospital Improvement Award.

Provincial Governor Wilter Yap Palma, assisted by Acting Provincial Health Officer Dr. Rolando A. Olmoguez personally received the excellence award on September 4, 2015 during the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremonies at the Sedona Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar.

ZSPH won the much-coveted award through the implementation of an Online Collaborative and Interactive Learning to create a structured, comprehensive and sustainable design and development plan on maternal death control management system.

Now, on its 14th year, the Asian Hospital Management Awards recognizes  hospitals in Asia that implement best practices.

Such prestigious award is only for community hospitals with a capacity of less than 100 beds. ZSPH is a government hospital with a 25-bed capacity which has been considered as the most improved community hospital. It focuses on effective community services, patients’ safety, implementation of a continuous quality improvement program and involvement in the community.

The project is programmed to be sustainable and beneficial to the community with the ultimate goal of reducing maternal mortality ratio in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay.

According to Dr. Olmoguez, it has been very beneficial especially for  indigent pregnant patients, citing comparable data as follows: the formative evaluation after three months of implementation showed one direct maternal death from January to June 2015 compared to 4 deaths in 2014;

There had been no out-of-pocket expenditures for indigent pregnant patients in 2015. No patient had been deprived of treatment because of indigency;

All medicines and supplies had been supplied to indigent patients through a consignment program in 2015 compared to 90% of patients buying outside the hospital in 2013. The funds are sourced from PhilHealth and the provincial government;

There has been no reported shortage of blood reserve in 2015 because of a strong blood donor recruitment program and the availability of skilled health professionals had tripled in quantity in 2015 compared to 2013.

Gov. Palma and all Ipilenos are proud that Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Hospital is the only government hospital in the Philippines which garnered the prestigious award this year. The rest of the Philippine winners are: St. Luke’s Medical Center and Ciudad Medical de Zamboanga.