SM Foundation Inc. turned over the newly-renovated BGen Benito N. Ebuen Air Base Hospital to the officers and staff of the 560th Airlift Wing in Lapu-Lapu City on March 5, 2019.
This is the 32nd improved military health facility and the 154th Felicidad T. Sy Wellness Center donated and upgraded by the Foundation to communities where the group’s businesses operate and as the conglomerate’s contribution in uplifting the healing of the wounded and sick men and women in uniform.
The nearest malls to the BFBNEAB Hospital are SM City Consolacion and SM Hypermarket of Lapu Lapu City.
The deed of donation for the improved facility was signed by Brig. Gen. Marcelino Randy Tibayan, deputy commander of Air Mobility Command and SM Foundation’s Connie Angeles, SAVP & Executive Director of SMFI Health &Medical Programs and Maj. Mares Cecile Lapada, OIC of the facility.
The one-storey hospital used to operate as an infirmary sitting on a 925.7 sq.m prime property. It currently services 5,706 uniformed personnel and their dependents under the Air Mobility Command, the 560th Air Base Group, the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing and the TOWCEN or the Tactial Operations Wing Central.
With the foundation’s upgrade, the facility can now apply for accreditation as Level 1 hospital.
SM Foundation provided the hospital with a new reception area, lounge with sofas and an outdoor play area for children. Facilities that were added are the pharmacy; operating and delivery room complex; emergency room; laboratory; rehab section; Xray room; outpatient department, military wards and dependents wards.
The BGBNEAB Hospital first opened its doors on Feb. 14, 1964 as the Mactan Air Base Medical Dispensary. It was a support unit tasked to provide medical care to military personnel, direct dependents and civilian employees of the AFP particularly from the Philippine Air Force assigned in the area.
The hospital used to be located on the grounds of the MEPZ II in Lapu-Lapu City but on June 19, 1999 it was renamed to Mactan Benito Ebuen Air Base Hospital in honor of the former Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force.