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The Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center festively celebrated its annual National Hospital Week 2015 with the theme “Alagang Pinoy, Alagang DOH” on August 8-14, 2015. This year, the institution was joined in by Ranada General Hospital, Gertes Clinic and Hospital, Laoag City General Hospital and Karmelli Clinic and Hospital Inc. which took part in the various activities for the week-long event.
Held on August 8, 2015, the kick-off activity was a Bike-a-thon event dubbed as the “Padyak Para sa Makakalikasang Pagamutan” which was participated by more than 100 bikers from the different bike organizations including health care practitioners in the province. It aimed to promote cycling as an environmentally friendly and healthy mode of transport, at the same time an efficient way of reducing carbon footprint. Despite the heavy pour of rain, all bikers managed to finish the route which started at the Laoag City Marcos Stadium, a pit-stop at the breathtaking Paoay Lake Viewdeck and concluded at the hospital’s OPD ground. In his message, Dr. Jose B. Orosa III, encouraged the participants for an increased environmental awareness and acknowledged all who joined.
In the morning at 5:30 on August 10, all in high spirits, MMMH&MC employees came together to hold the annual Walkathon event followed by Hataw Exercises at the hospital grounds. After which is the simultaneous launching of High Impact 5 of the DOH which focuses on infant health, child health, maternal health during child birth, HIV-AIDS, and the service delivery network. Gracing the occasion were brilliant speakers headed by Dr. Ma. Lourdes K. Otayza, Medical Center Chief, Dr. Francisco Ranada, President of the Philippine Hospital Association Ilocos Norte Chapter, Dr. Edwin Monis, Division Chief of Local Health Support Division of the DOH, and Ms. Merci Ferrer, HCWH Director. In addition, the unveiling of the Hi-5 advocacy posters and the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the Alagang Pinoy kiosk to serve as patient assistance and information center were also conducted.
The week-long celebration also included health related activities to OPD patients. Topics such as Dengue fever, Tuberculosis and Cervical Cancer were discussed by doctors at the OPD Lobby and free screening tests such as ECG, pap smear and free consultations were also done. This is to promote greater awareness on health programs of the hospitals as centers for wellness in the country. A two-day free advocacy lectures were very well attended by different hospital employees which aimed in cultivating their professional spirit. Doctors, nurses and other hospital staff took their time out to join the Sportsfest held at the MMSU covered court from August 10-13 which included basketball and volleyball tournaments. Other activities include Elsevier Launching and Sugar and Safe Care, Temperature, Airway, Blood Pressure, Lab Works, Emotional Support (STABLE) workshop.
Showcasing their marvelous display of beauty, wit and charm, fourteen candidates competed for the prestigious title in the search for the first ever Mr and Ms National Hospital Week 2015 which was highlight of the festivity on August 14 at Teatro Ilocandia. Ms Julie Ann Patrice Agno from LCGH and Dr. Edmund Edrozo, Jr. from MMMH brought home the title. What made the festivity even more remarkable and memorable was the surprise tribute to the Chief of Hospital, Dr. Otayza, as a visionary leader and a woman of action in the institution. In her speech, she proudly shared how she managed to put MMMH&MC in the Philippine Health Atlas
Shown by the unity of the different hospitals, the celebration was indeed a reflection of working together as one Ilocos Norte in achieving healthy communities where all Ilocanos reach their full potential for good health. With the leadership of Dr. Lerma Fe F. Taylan, the Chair for this year’s MMMH&MC National Hospital Week 2015’s, and with the help of dedicated individuals, splendid jam packed, week-long activities was a success.