Tebow Cure Hospital nearing completion-A A +A
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
THE Tebow Cure Hospital is expected to be completed and begin its operations around the fourth quarter of 2014.
The Tebow Cure Hospital is a hospital specializing in orthopedics but also grants other services. It is established through the efforts of CURE International, a nonprofit organization, and the Tim Tebow Foundation of Timothy Richard "Tim" Tebow, a former American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, New England Patriots in the National Football League.
Leron L. Lehman, Tebow Cure Hospital executive director, told reporters on Tuesday that the hospital's physical aspects are now around 98 percent complete.
"We are now in the finishing stages of the hospital building which includes painting, tiling, and installing of electrical wirings, among others," he said.
Lehman said the physical aspect of the building will be finished soon but it will be the operational aspect that will take time because they have to wait for the licensing from the Department of Health, ensure that all positions are filled, and equipment is ready.
"We haven't applied for the licensing yet because the DOH wants everything in place. We might submit our application to them around July or August," he said, adding that they are closely communicating with the agency to ensure they have all the requirements ready.
Lehman said the equipment is still arriving and they have yet to install them. As for the staffing, he said they will be filling around 45 to 50 staff in the initial operations of the hospital. He also said they will be bringing in an American ex-patriot surgeon who will attend to the charity services of the hospital. There will also be a local doctor who will serve part-time charity work to the hospital.
He said the hospital has a 30 bed capacity but they will only open with a 17 bed capacity during the initial run of the hospital and then expand to the 30 bed capacity once their operations are fully stable.
Lehman said the hospital will offer charity medical care to families with children suffering from orthopedic conditions by way of subsidizing their hospital expenses.
"We have a social worker in the hospital who will assess the patients for the assistance they will receive," he said.
Aside from orthopedic services, the hospital will also offer cosmetic operations, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and private services for adults.
Lehman said, however, adults wll not be part of the charity medical care because their charity work is for children only but he assures that the cost of the services the adults availed of will be just like some of the hospitals in the city.
The hospital is the foundation's first hospital in South East Asia.
Lehman said the Philippines was chosen because it is here where Tebow was born. He said Davao City was selected because based on their assesment and consultations with stakeholders, they saw that there is a significant need for a facility like Tebow Cure Hospital in Mindanao because very few have access to proper orthopedic care.
The hospital is a six storey tall building in Lanang with a 30 bed capacity and three operating theaters. The lower ground floor will be the operating suite and sterlization facilities; the upper ground will have the reception, pharmacy, administrative offices, kitchen, and cafeteria; the second floor will be for the patient ward including charity beds and private or semi-private rooms; the third floor will be used for the expansion of the bed capacity from the initial 17 to 30 beds; fourth floor will be for the private clinics, outpatient area, laboratory, radiology room, and physical therapy; and the fifth floor will have the charity clinic, social worker's office, spiritual ministry. Timmy's play room, and multipurpose hall.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 16, 2014.