DOH downgrades CCMC’s status due to cramped space at BFP-A A +A
Thursday, July 31, 2014
THE Department of Health (DOH) has downgraded the accreditation status of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) to level 1 from a level 2 facility.
This was confirmed yesterday by CCMC ad hoc committee chairperson Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos, who said the order came last July 24.
Santos said the DOH made the decision because the city hospital can no longer perform major surgeries because of limited space.
CCMC had to be moved to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) compound across the street on N. Bacalso Ave. because its building was declared unsafe following a magnitude 7.2 earthquake last Oct. 15.
“This (downgrading of CCMC's status) is not really alarming,” delos Santos said. “This is just a minor setback.” She also clarified this does not mean the CCMC is just an infirmary.
She said CCMC is still considered a hospital, not an infirmary.
The old CCMC occupied a 1.2-hectare lot while the BFP compound only covers an area of 7,000 square meters. Since it moved to the BFP compound, CCMC’s capacity dropped to 100 beds from 300.
The Cebu City Government demolished the old hospital and has been trying to raise more than P1 billion to construct a new hospital on the old site.
Delos Santos said the CCMC will have to stay at the BFP compound until the new hospital is completed.
In the meantime, she said, the City Government is planning to extend the temporary hospital to the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) office to improve its services.
The extension can house the CCMC's obstetrics and gynecology department as well as the pediatrics department.
Delos Santos said CCMC can also expand its surgery, internal medicine and ophthalmology departments.
Delos Santos said City Hall will appeal to the DOH to raise the status accreditation of CCMC back to level 2.
Delos Santos said they will discuss the issue with Mayor Michael Rama. The mayor is scheduled to arrive in the city on Aug. 12 yet.
Aside from this, Delos Santos said they are planning to have a consortium with the Southwestern University (SWU) since they have their own hospital, the Sacred Heart Hospital. This way, CCMC can perform major surgeries with the help of SWU's facility.
Delos Santos said they are hoping to get back the Level 2 accreditation of CCMC before the year ends.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 01, 2014.