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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 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.
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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’S OPD ROLLS OUT CLINIC APPOINTMENT SYSTEM
The Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) encourages patients to register via virtual appointment system for medical consultations. Through this system, the patient may send a text message or call the official contact numbers of the various clinics of the MMMH&MC’s Out-Patient Department (OPD). The patient may also opt to schedule with the clinics concerned by sending an inquiry through the app-based messaging system “Facebook Messenger”. This system is highly encouraged for new patients or first-timers who should make an appointment for medical consultation from Mondays to Fridays, except holidays, from 8:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon. Meanwhile, old or existing patients, shall be given follow-up or appointment stubs.
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MMMH&MC NOW LICENSED FOR COVID-19 TEST
After submitting all the requirements to become a testing center for Coronavirus Disease 2019, the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center can now perform COVID-19 independent testing.
In a statement provided by the Medical Center Chief, Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, said that “ Our answer to the nationwide demand for increased COVID-19 testing resulted in the effort to 1) develop our biomolecular laboratory capability; and 2) procure alternative modes of PCR testing if available. The hospital went into partnership with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) to procure necessary equipment and do some renovations to the existing laboratory to ensure biosafety. PGIN graciously donated a PCR machine and other peripherals while the hospital procured counterpart equipment, supplies, biosafety equipment, and secured refresher training for its certified staff”.
The MMMHMC took approximately two months to prepare the laboratory set-up, purchase essential equipment, train its staff, formulate policies aligned with the protocols set by the World Health Organization, Department of Health, and Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and organize its management before the License to Operate (LTO) was finally issued to them on June 2, 2020. It turned out that the alternative GeneXpert technology, got accredited before the PCR.
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ILOCOS NORTE INAUGURATES 1ST MOLECULAR LAB FOR COVID-19
BATAC CITY -- Officials of state-run Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) here and the provincial government of Ilocos Norte led on Thursday the inauguration of province’s first molecular laboratory to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
The inauguration, which was marked by a blessing of the facility by Laoag City Bishop Renato P. Mayugba, was led by Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc and MMMH&MC’S Medical Center chief, Dra. Maria Lourdes Otayza.
Manotoc thanked the health-workers of MMMH&MC for their hard work and perseverance to serve during the pandemic.
Otayza, for his part, said that the accomplishment is a result of the shared efforts of both the provincial government and MMMH&MC.
Earlier, MMMH&MC obtained a license to operate the molecular laboratory as well as a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing from the Department of Health (DOH).
The RT-PCR is the “gold-standard” in diagnostic confirmation for people who might have contracted Covid-19.