CDHI offers Catandunganons a better choice
posted 15-Apr-2018  ·  
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Any first-time visitor to the Catanduanes Doctors Hospital, Inc. (CDHI) in Valencia, Virac would be impressed with what the management describes as a health facility with the comfort and ambiance of a hotel.

But there’s more with CDHI than the grand-looking lobby, tiled floors and nice toilets, and airconditioned private rooms and wards that would put to shame most public hospitals.

What should impress the visitor are the brand-new equipment and high-tech system that the management has installed in the province’s newest hospital.

The 16-slice CT scan made by Germany’s Siemens is probably only a few available in Bicol hospitals while the Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) machine that measures oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in one’s body is also a rare find especially in the island. Only in CDHI can you find hereabouts a mammogram device and a 4-D ultrasound.

But taken individually, these expensive machines (the CT-scan alone reportedly costs more than P20 million) are not that impressive and useful.

What makes them, and the hospital itself, state-of-the-art is the fact that the CDHI management has installed the PACS, or the Picture Archiving and Communication System.

The software, and its desktop computers that serve as its collective brain, is a medical imaging technology used for storing, retrieving, presenting and sharing images produced by the X-ray, CT scan, and ultrasound machines at CDHI. None of the other existing private and public hospitals in Catanduanes has this high-tech system.

The PACS makes is possible for a CDHI doctor, or a specialist or consultant in any part of the country or the world for that matter, to be able to access (using a password of course) any image of a patient at the hospital so he or she will be able to determine what is wrong with the client’s body and therefore make the appropriate diagnosis and course of treatment.

The CDHI management headed by president and chief executive officer Raymond Taopa is also set to open its diabetes center with an initial 15 chairs for dialysis patients before the end of May while its fully-equipped ambulance is now being built in Metro Manila, making it the first private hospital to have an ambulance and crew fully compliant with DOH standards.

While the management declined to state just how much confinement in its ambassador as well as ordinary wards would cost, they stressed that it would be competitive compared to other private hospitals on the island and even in the mainland.

This perception among many that CDHI is expensive is not correct, its management insists, although it would be normal for a new private hospital.

With a lot of rural folk going untreated in areas far from health facilities and some general practitioners probably misdiagnosing illnesses for lack of proper training, the availability of medical specialists and consultants at CDHI, coupled with its state-of-the-art equipment and image archiving system, means that CEO Taopa and the diverse group of committed Catandunganons behind him had given their fellow islanders a choice between having ailing loved ones right here in the island and selling off land and personal property just to bring them to Manila for essentially the same treatment.

With the island’s newest hospital trying its best to complete the whole range of medical services it envisions, the public pins its hope on Taopa and company to give them the right choice in health care.

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