Former Vice Mayor Luis Bonguyan and Davao Medical School Foundation Inc. officials prepare to lay down the capsule for the 10-story hospital building in Bajada Hills on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of DMSFI)
DAVAO CITY -- Contributing its share in advancing healthcare in the city, the Davao Medical School Foundation Inc (DMSFI) said it is expanding services with the construction of another 10-storey hospital building equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.
During Thursday's groundbreaking, DMSFI President Jonathan Alegre said the hospital expansion will provide more efficient and quality service to patients and ensure improved access to wider and sustainable medical services.
Alegre said the hospital also aims to accommodate more patients who would be offered "high-quality professional practice."
“We’ve been through years of accomplishment and today marks another milestone in our brilliant journey towards success as an institution,” Alegre said.
The 10-story building, which will rise on top of Bajada Hills, features a basement, roof deck, helipad for air ambulance, and operating room complex. It will also house 100 clinics, specialty centers, an additional 200 patient rooms, coffee shops, a rooftop library, and conference rooms.
“DMSFI is a center for professional health care and envisions building a healthy community and enjoying quality life,” Alegre said.
Dr. Jose Rene Lacuesta, chairperson of the DMSFI Board of Trustees, highlighted the DMSFI’s growth amid challenges since 1976. He said there is no other medical school that provides the latest in medical education.
“The hospital expansion will cap everything else,” he said, adding he also envisions DMSFI to offer better training services in the near future.
“We will make everything first class and hope for joint ventures with other hospitals to do liver, brain transplant,” Lacuesta added.
Oliver Victoriano, DMSFI chief operations officer, said the project is expected to be completed within 18 months and is funded under the Health care program of the Development Bank of the Philippines. (PNA)