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MMMHMC CELEBRATES WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY, ENCOURAGES MORE BLOOD DONORS
For this year’s commemoration of World Blood Donor Day, June 14, the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center intensifies its campaign by encouraging everyone to donate blood to ensure that all have access to safe and quality blood products.
With the theme, “Give Blood and Keep the World Beating”, the state-run hospital highlighted the unpaid contributions of blood donors to save life especially during the pandemic. The Local Government of Vintar was awarded as the most frequent blood donor in the Municipal Category followed by Pasuquin, Solsona and San Nicolas. In the individual category, Dr. Maria Paz Virginia Otayza, Francis Maloom, Precious Rumbaoa, and Marius Baguinon were also recognized with the most blood donations during the course of the pandemic. Dr. Modesty Leaño, Head of the Department of Pathology and Laboratories, thanked the awardees for saving lives and improving the health and quality of life of many patients. A poignant moment was when some of the pediatric cancer beneficiaries of blood donations handled over tokens to their surprised donors. With these contributions, the MMMHMC even extended its 1828 blood units to other regions in need in 2020.
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MMMH&MC HONORS OUTSTANDING HEALTHCARE WORKERS
In recognition of their dedication, heroism and unrelenting efforts in leading Ilocos Norte’s fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, healthcare workers from the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) were honored in a simple awarding ceremony held last September 15, 2020.
Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, MMMH&MC’s Medical Center Chief, expressed her profound gratefulness to the health-workers of the Hospital for “rising above the occasion and not falling back” as the country continues to grapple with the adverse effects of the global scourge.
“Despite working in an environment filled with fear and uncertainties, we at the Department of Health have to be at the front-lines and face the enemy to protect and preserve our local communities,” beamed Dr. Otayza.
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MMMHMC HOLDS FIRST BIGKIS: AN INSTITUTION WIDE EMPLOYEE AND STAKEHOLDER’S RECOGNITION
"Each one of us is to be commended for every little thing we do for the organization. Even the simplest action that makes people smile is given great importance because it keeps us awake to deliver the service that our community needs". This wisdom from Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza who heads the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, as she delivered her inspirational talk during the first Bigkis Awarding on September 15,2020.
In celebration of this year's National Hospital Week, the PGS Bigkis Award was pulled off by the Office for Strategy Management, headed by Dr. Jose B. Orosa III to recognize the efforts of individuals and teams in the hospital in fulfilling the institution’s strategic thrusts. It likewise acknowledged the stakeholders who formed part of the healthcare system in the locality whom the hospital collaborates with.
Five teams who excelled in their chosen projects were nominated and evaluated by the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence Committee (PRAISE) and the Best Practice Sharing Management Committee based on objective criteria to determine the group’s impact on the institution’s performance.
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MMMH&MC OPD TO OPEN ON SATURDAYS
Through the initiative of Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center management, the community can now avail of Out Patient Department (OPD) services even on Saturdays at 8:00AM to 12:00PM (STRICTLY BY APPOINMENT). The extended OPD hours will commence on September 5, 2020.
Due to the limited number of clients being served in the hospital as a result of the present pandemic, MMMH&MC, headed by Dr. Maria Lourdes Otayza, decided to open its OPD beyond Monday to Friday. All clinical departments and frontline offices therefore will adjust their usual weekday-schedule to cater to clients.
"In our effort to provide more access and convenience in the service of our community, our OPD will be open on Saturdays by appointment only", said Dr. Otayza.
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MMMH&MC LAUNCHES TELEPHARMACY; OKs PHARMACY ONLINE COUNSELLING
The Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMHMC) headed by Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, is set to launch a new online system to deliver pharmaceutical services via telecommunication and internet to clients in various locations of the province making it the first Hospital in Ilocos Norte to venture into telepharmacy.
At any time this week, the MMMHMC will accept drug and medicine orders through calls, texts and emails from clients to limit outpatients’ risk of exposure in the hospital without and avoiding prolonged contact with a pharmacist during the process of communication, dispensing of drugs and issuances of official receipts.
To be able to lessen the burden of clients queuing inside the hospital especially the Senior Citizens (SCs) and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), and to assist patients in home isolations, MMMHMC licensed pharmacists will implement the ORDER and PICK-UP service to facilitate faster transactions in purchasing medicines. Upon receipt of calls, the licensed pharmacist records the personal details of the client and advises them to send their prescription photo with complete information including the name of the physician via e-mail or Facebook page. The client and the pharmacist will agree on the time of pick at the OPD Pharmacy Waiting Shed Area, along the national highway. This means that clients need not go inside the hospital to pick up orders. For validation purpose, the client will be required to present the original prescription to the pharmacist.
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MMMH&MC HOLDS 1st VIRTUAL GRAD FOR MEDICAL INTERNS
Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center held a simple graduation ceremony on August 6, 2020 for its medical interns after they completed a mixed hands-on and on-line post-graduate internship (PGI), a first of its kind due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
Marking another milestone, the interns were also the graduates of the pioneer batch of the Mariano Marcos State University-College of Medicine (MMSU-COM) in 2019.
In her inspirational message during the virtual ceremony, Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, MMMH&MC’s Medical Center Chief II, beamed with pride on how the 14 interns embraced online learning when the internship programs for all medical students in the country had to proceed virtually last March during the on-set of COVID-19 in the Philippines.
After finishing a four-year doctor of medicine course, a one-year postgraduate internship on-site in a hospital has to be completed before one is qualified to take the licensure examination for medical doctors in the Philippines.
“Yours may be different because your hands on internship had to be suspended and you embraced online learning for the past two months. But you have chosen to put yourselves in the frontline of the most important battlefield today,” said Dr. Otayza.
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MMMH&MC HOLDS WEBINAR ON GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT PROCESS
Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) held on August 27, 2020 a webinar on procurement process, highlighting its crucial role in the operations of various government institutions.
The webinar, organized by the joint efforts of the Finance and Administrative Divisions, was attended by the Hospital employees with the aim to equip them of the essential stages involved in the government procurement process and its linkage to budget, accounting, supply, and cash operations.
Moreover, the participants also had the opportunity to learn about the implementation of the cash-based budgeting and financial forecasting.