By: Diana Bernardes Chawdhury
It’s the Golden year anniversary for the Biliran Provincial Hospital as a new image is being ushered in to effect a change in this only hospital in the island Province of Biliran. While the hospital is smarting from critics, other people who have come to visit the hospital has only but praise, the new building impressing upon guests a private like edifice operating at urban areas. A recent guest observes that BPH is so far the best in Region eight.
It’s the Golden year anniversary of the Biliran Provincial Hospital as a new image is being ushered in to effect a change in this only hospital in the island Province of Biliran. While the hospital is smarting from critics, other people who have come to visit the hospital has only but praise, the new building impressing upon guests a private like edifice operating at urban areas. A recent guest observes that BPH is so far the best in Region eight.
The Biliran Provincial Hospital begun as the Naval Emergency Hospital located at the vicinity of the Naval Municipal Hall where the Naval Gymnasium is now located. It started 50 years ago as a 10 bed capacity hospital with only 2 doctors serving the whole populace of Naval. Ten years after, the hospital was moved to its present location as a new one story complex was built. It was operating as a community hospital under the ownership and caré of the Department of Health.
Since then, the hospital journeyed through a series of successes and backlashes experienced by most government hospitals. However, the most damaging to this institution according to its old time staff is the devolution in 1992. The operations were totally affected as budget were then allotted from Local Government IRA allocation. Misunderstandings ensued and every administration became the enemy of the staff and employees, merely because of the lack of grasp on health issues while trying to administer its needs.
In 2010, the Biliran Provincial Hospital was granted authority to operate as a 75 bed capacity hospital, with semi departmentalized services and more than half of its physicians trained in various specialty care. This year 2011, a new edifice, two story complexes housing the various offices, wards and private rooms were opened to serve the public. As of this writing, it still requires a number of equipments, furnishings as well as additional rooms to house the other units but as it is, the hospital is already almost comparable to the best private hospitals in the urban areas as far as the infrastructure is concerned. Exactly what Congressman Rogelio Espina dreamed the hospital to become when he was Governor of the province.
Right now, the daily census of an average of 100 patients are served with a sufficient number of physicians, an overload of regular, casual and volunteer nurses and a complimentary staff from the Administrative section that ensures an efficient service to our clients. Service is like serving in a new environment as the officers and staff of the hospital bask in the newness of our edifice. The feeling is not of awe but of pure challenge that in this new set-up we shall be able to live up to the expectation of our clients and patients.
Soon, the LOVE BPH CAMPAIGN shall be launched to entice the private sector to support the only hospital in this island province. The purpose of this campaign is to spread information about the operations of the hospital and its present policies and how the constituents can help in creating a positive image of the hospital. This is necessary for the improvement of services because then the management and staff shall go about their tasks with confidence, vitality and dedication. As part-owner of this institution, every Biliranon has a stake on the conduct of its operations and the quality of services that is being provided by our employees and staff. It is therefore imperative that everyone must also know the deeper side of the operations and not just come into conclusions and throw negative inputs around that may undermine the need to bring in quality patients.
The prognosis of a recent guest is that Biliran Provincial Hospital if managed well can be the seat for many positive things to come in terms of health care service. In fact, coupled with the beautiful paradise-like landscape that Biliran enjoys, BPH can be a center for medical tourism in the future. With a positive outlook, Christ-like dedication to service and the love for Biliran and its constituents, good things are still going to manifest soon in this hospital.
This year’s celebration is capped with different activities such as a Fun Walk, a Thanksgiving Mass, a Motorcade, a Volleyball Tournament, and Palarong Pinoy in the afternoon. The evening’s dinner/socials is the highlight of the event and graced with the attendance of retirees of the hospital. A guest speaker in the person of Dr. Hildegardes C. Dineros, past President of the Sagip Bayan Foundation of St. Luke’s Hospital provided substance in the celebration as he enjoined the officers and staff to take pride in being part of the best hospital in the region and contribute the best of ourselves for the fulfillment of its mission in bringing forth the best healthcare service possible.
This year’s celebration is indeed a challenge to the management and staff of the Biliran Provincial Hospital not to sit on its laurels but to strive more to attain excellence in being public servants in a government institution. This is aptly expressed in the theme for this 50th Anniversary Celebration which is: Forging new challenges, braving renewed efforts, embracing new paradigms.