SM Foundation recently inaugurated and turned over two health facilities in Antipolo, Rizal and Talomo, Davao.
From a 350-sqm one-storey health unit, Bagong Nayon Rural Health Station was converted into the newly improved 990-sqm two-storey Bagong Nayon Rural Health Unit (RHU) III. Its services were upgraded to include Medical & Dental Checkups, Barangay Nutrition Scholar Section, Programs for Teens & Adolescents, Smoking Cessation Clinic, Diabetes & Hypertensive Clinic and more. The RHU is now seeking for PhilHealth accreditation for Maternity Care Benefit Package, Primary Care Benefit Package and TB-DOTS.
The health facility now also has labor, delivery and recovery rooms that will operate for 24 hours. With the expansion, the RHU will be able to serve residents of at least five barangays around the area.
Bagong Nayon Rural Health Station was upgraded to Bagong Nayon Rural Health Unit III to serve more.
Gracing the turnover were key local government officials headed by Mayor Casimiro Ynares III, Barangay Capt. Larry Onza with his councilors and Dra. Concepcion Garcia Lat.
SIR-I Rural Health Unit Talomo North District was turned over as well in Davao City. Serving 160,560 residents in seven barangays, it is the 142nd wellness center and 43rd community health center improved by SM Foundation.
The complete renovation of the 420-sqm two-storey center qualifies the health unit for Philhealth accreditation for Primary care benefit, Maternity care benefit and TB-DOTS. Its laboratory was upgraded and expanded to meet the standards of the Department of Health for level-2 accreditation. A GeneXpert testing area was likewise added for tuberculosis diagnosis and resistance testing. A pocket garden donated by the Rotary Club of Pag-asa Davao will provide solitude for the patients.
A GeneXpert testing area was added at SIR-I Rural Health Unit Talomo North District for tuberculosis diagnosis and resistance testing.
“What is good in this renovation of Rural Health Station designed by SM Foundation is the Senior Citizens Center and Kids Center,” Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said during the turnover.
“We are helping to decongest the hospitals,” SM Foundation Executive Director for Health and Medical Programs Connie Angeles stated. The foundation will be assisting in the upkeep and maintenance of the health station.
Aside from renovating health centers, SM Foundation holds medical-dental missions, providing free checkups, laboratory tests, tooth extractions and medicines. From May to June, 17 medical missions were conducted, serving more than 16,700 patients in communities nationwide.