By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat
A new state-of-the-art medical center in Ilocos with investment of ₱1.5 billion is set for completion in 2022.
The Ilocos Doctors Medical Center (IDMC), which broke ground recently, is expected to become one of the premier hospitals in Region 1 is located in Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur.
In a statement, IDMC Chairman Luis Crisologo “Chavit” Singson, also mayor of Narvacan and former Ilocos Sur Governor, said the conceptualization of the establishment commenced in the last quarter of 2019. It has a budget of ₱1.5 billion.
The 200-bed capacity hospital will have medical excellence, healthcare professionals, and latest technology as its core products and services.
The hospital will provide primary care along with emergency and a referral system to outpatient and inpatient services for medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and surgery. This referral system will be set up for all primary, infirmary and secondary health facilities in the province and in the entire region.
IDMC will also provide nursing services, clinical laboratory, radiology, cardiac rehabilitation center, endoscopy unit, hemodialysis services, marine medical services, pain management facilities, and pharmacy services.
Upon finishing of construction, IDMC will be the 36th hospital in Ilocos Sur but the first in the region with world-class facility. Given its location, IDMC considers as its main catchment areas including nearby municipalities of San Juan, Cabugao, Sto. Domingo, and San Ildefonso.
However, it will also cater the general population of Ilocos, but devoted the better part of its capacity towards providing medical services to the indigent sector of the population.
This 10,000-square meter facility was designed by the architectural firm Expo Manila. It will be consistent with DOH guidelines and eyeinga Level IIIaccreditation.