Keeping hope alive amid the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges and has caused a lot of confusion and disruption in people’s lives all over the world. Leaders have stepped up, rolling out various initiatives with the goal of keeping people safe and halting further transmission of the virus.
At The Medical City (TMC) South Luzon, leaders across all organizational levels rose to the challenge and faced it head on. With patients afraid to go to the hospital for treatment, TMC South Luzon responded and encouraged patients to continue seeking care for their other health problems by assuring them that they were safe and protected while within the hospital premises.
An essential component to this is the Complex of Hope (COH), a detached facility where all the COVID-19 cases are admitted and managed. A brainchild of Dr. Cesar Ramon G. Espiritu, TMC South Luzon President and CEO, the complex opened its doors to patients in May last year.
The campaign “A Safe Zone for All Patients” was also launched at the time last year aimed at reminding patients that the hospital is and would always be
still a safe place for all and that they should come back to have their non-COVID health issues managed.
The year in numbers
5.11.2020, or May 20, 2020 when TMC South Luzon inaugurated the COH.
Eleven (11) – TMC South Luzon began operating the COH with 11 patient beds, including a four-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with complete provision for infection control and air management.
Twelve Million (P12.0 Mil), was the estimated budget to construct COH. The entire amount was donated by construction companies, EEI, DATEM Inc., Unity In Isolation, Orion Group International Inc. and other donors who gave in cash and in kind.
Twenty seven (27) days, a record time when the COH was built to accommodate patients in different levels of COVID-19 disease severity
Four hundred sixty eight (468) COVID-19 patients have been served by TMC SL Complex of hope as of April 30, 2021, most of them from the towns and cities of Laguna and from other Southern Tagalog provinces including Cavite, Batangas, Quezon and Rizal as well as patients from as far as Metro Manila and Bulacan.
Our Partners and TMC SL as Patient Partners
What started with eight smart houses donated by EEI Corporation to accommodate eleven (11) beds is now composed of thirty-six (36) beds, with living quarters for healthcare workers, and quarantine facility.
TMC SL Complex of Hope has become a large contributor and an effective facility in the management and treatment of COVID-19 patients not just for Santa Rosa City but also for the entire Southern Luzon, and North Luzon Provinces and selected cities in Metro-Manila.
With the sudden surge of COVID-19 cases this year, TMC South Luzon COH will continue to serve patients hoping that one day, the number of cases will drop until the whole disease is eradicated.
Looking back at the struggles and triumphs of the facility and the entire team that operates it, the message remains the same, TMC South Luzon will continue to serve its patient partners of all their health conditions, both COVID and non-COVID.
“The TMC South Luzon COVID Complex of Hope is a testament to the agility, innovativeness, and most importantly,
to the kindheartedness and community spirit of the Filipino people,” said Dr. Espiritu.
About The Medical City South Luzon
The Medical City (TMC) South Luzon is an 80-bed hospital complex located on United Blvd., Don Jose, Santa Rosa, Laguna. Formerly known as Southern Luzon Hospital and Medical Center (SLHMC), TMC South Luzon was inaugurated in October 2007. It serves as TMC’s gateway to Southern Luzon covering the provinces of Laguna, Batangas, and Cavite. As one of the leading innovators in the healthcare industry, TMC South Luzon is poised to be the cardiovascular center of the region.