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HEALTH WORKERS IN MMMHMC CELEBRATE NATIONAL HOSPITAL WEEK ONLINE AMID PANDEMIC
Unlike previous celebrations of National Hospital Week (NHW), Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center organizers gathered hundreds of people online to join this year’s NHW last August 10-13, 2021.
In pursuance of Presidential Proclamation No. 181, this year’s celebration bore the theme “Ospital: Sandigan at Kaagapay sa Panahon ng Pandemya” to celebrate the robust effort of healthworkerss in promoting, safeguarding, and preserving the health of the people specially during this pandemic.
On August 9, 2021, the celebration kicked off through a Virtual Opening Ceremony and Hospital Exhibit with Vice Governor Cecilia Araneta-Marcos as the Guest Speaker. She mainly acknowledged in her message the efforts of healthcare workers for their dedicated service and she encouraged the community to work together to make a liveable, safer and healthier province. In her response, the Medical Center Chief, Dr. Maria Lourdes Otayza emphasized the determination of the MMMHMC to be the last hospital standing gearing itself for the worst through the help of the Provincial Government, DOH authorities, and the community.
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BATAC SCHOOL WILL BECOME TEMPORARY FIELD HOSPITAL OF MMMHMC
The Department of Education in Region I has allowed the conversion of five (5) rooms of Catalino Acosta Memorial Elementary School (CAMES) in Batac City as temporary Field Hospital 3 of Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMHMC) as the number of new COVID-19 infections continues to rise in Ilocos Norte.
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HOSPITAL COVERED COURT TURNS FIELD HOSPITAL; BRINGS BACK ‘BAYANIHAN ’ SPIRIT
The state-run MMMH&MC converted its basketball court and driveway into field hospital to accommodate the increasing number of referrals on COVID-19 related cases in Ilocos Norte and nearby provinces.
The latest Average Daily Attack Rate (ADAR) in Ilocos Norte according to the hospital’s Epidemiologist- Dr. Sheryl Racelis is 1.2 per 100,000 population, but this could be higher in some communities when computed per municipality.
Accordingly, based on our latest COVID-19 daily bulletin, we have a total of 81 admissions at the Isolation Room - sixty one (61) are confirmed, seventeen (17) suspect cases and three (3) probable cases. Sixteen (16) staff were also isolated as primary contacts. MMMH&MC, the end-referral center in the province which primarily caters to moderate, severe and critical cases, already reached the bed occupancy rate of 77.88% and considered high risk by the Department of Health. This is based on the 104 COVID-19 bed occupancy of the hospital.
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MMMHMC’S PEDIA RECYCLES SCRAPS; CREATES CHILDREN LIBRARY
The Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center created a mini children’s library at the Out Patient Department (OPD) from donations and scrap materials amidst the pandemic.
“The idea was conceptualized even before year 2020”, Dr. Maria Paz Virginia Otayza, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, said. “However, the proposed location was converted into wards when the department felt the need to expand because of increasing census”. Otayza shared that she always dreamed to have a children’s library in their department, hence, when their plan did not materialize, they thought of relocating it at the OPD.
Together with Dr. Noreen Mayubay, Head of the OPD Pediatrics and Ms. Efleda Sarah Marders, Chief Nurse, scrap materials at the Engineering and Facilities Management were identified and later turned to small tables and bookshelves by talented hospital carpenters. Both of them also donated from their own to improve the ambiance of the mini library.
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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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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.