Upgrading WESCOM’s station hospital in Puerto Princesa

CGARSH is the 27th military health facility renovated and refurbished by SMFI.

SM Foundation has renovated and refurbished Camp General Artemio Ricarte Station Hospital (CGARSH) in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. It is SMFI’s 146th Wellness Center to date. CGARSH is also the 27th military health facility given a makeover by the Foundation as part of its health and wellness advocacy as well as its way of honoring the contribution of the military in nation-building.

The rehabilitation and improvement of the Station Hospital included the Nurses’ Station, Treatment Room, Officers Ward, Military Ward, Pediatric Ward, Female/OB Ward, Physical Rehabilitation, Recovery Room, Intensive Care Unit and the Operating Room/ Delivery Room Complex. To ensure the comfort and convenience of the patients, SM Foundation built a Patients’ Waiting Lounge while a Changing Room and a Breastfeeding Area are provided for nursing mothers.

Lt.Col. Alekhine Tinio of the Air Force and head of CGARSH, thanked SM Foundation for making good its commitment to renovate the rundown health facility as he voiced his commitment to “continue delivering quality medical services to the men and women of the WESCOM, known as the guardians of the paradise province of Palawan and the patriots and defenders of the West Philippine Sea, their dependents and authorized civilians.”CGARSH is the only Military Treatment Facility (MTF) in Palawan servicing the entire Western Command, serving 6,000 military personnel from the Western Command; Joint Task Force (JTF) West.and their dependents. It is a 20-bed capacity hospital licensed by the Department of Health and accredited by PHIC as a Level 1 hospital providing services in General Medicine, General Surgery, OB-Gyne, General Pediatrics, Anesthesia and EENT.

Other services include Out-Patient Care, Physical Therapy, Physical Examination, Family Planning, Emergency Room Services, NP Screening, conducts Preventive Medicine Activities and renders Aero-medical Services to include Search and Rescue Operations and Mercy Missions. About 60-80 patients are treated in the hospital daily.