We might have a medical center called the Sarangani County Hospital, but it’s also located within GenSan, at Arradaza Street just off the Bula-Lagao Road. The location and naming must seem rather off, which is why the provincial government of Sarangani made sure that they would have an actual hospital with their name built in their capital of Alabel. Following the completion of the building construction and the equipping of facilities, they hope to finally have the new hospital be open to receive patients and answer emergencies by the following month at the soonest.
As Minda News tells it, on Wednesday, November 15, Sarangani Vice-Governor Elmer de Peralta that they are now in the middle of final arrangements for the Alabel hospital, proposed to be an infirmary-level medical center, to become fully operational in time for December. What remains, he says, is the compliance with requirements set forth by the Department of Health (DOH), in order to receive a certificate of accreditation, giving the new hospital a license to operate as such. Such a requirement is necessary in order for the facility to be allowed to process claims from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) as soon as patients are admitted there.
Speaking to Brigada TV, Vice-Gov. de Peralta remarked that the provincial government has order the fast-tracking of getting all requirements for DOH accreditation so that the Sarangani Hospital in Alabel can start operating as soon as the first week of next month. In addition, Sarangani’s personnel selection boad is already hard at work in processing all submitted applications by prospective medical professionals and staff, with the medical center having room to accommodate up to 40 permanent allotted job positions. This is based on a recently-passed ordinance by the provincial board members, and will include registered nurses and non-paramedic personnel.
The new Sarangani Hospital in Alabel began construction all the way back in 2012, its starting cost covered by a P50-million grant from the Health Facilities Enhancement Program of the DOH. By the time the building was finished earlier this year, both the DOH and the provincial government have poured about P150 million into it. Another P200 million came from the combined contributions of Senator Manny Pacquiao, Sarangani Gov. Steve Solon and Sarangani Rep. Rogelio Pacquiao.
The initial configuration of the hospital would be about 18 to 25 beds, and the funding has already been set in stone at Sarangani’s 2017 budget. At full capacity, the provincial medical center will have 200 beds and be considered a tertiary facility, catering to patients in both Alabel and Malapatan, and eventually priority emergencies from even GenSan and nearby Davao del Sur.