New Cautery Machine for PGH-OR

No. This is not an iPod docking station!

This is CONMED System 2450, an electrosurgical generator also known as a cautery machine.

Don’t be deceived by what you see on the outside for this simple looking gadget is actually powerful and sophisticated and it can save lives.

Cautery machines like this model are used by surgeons to cauterize or burn off a soft tissue or close off a blood vessel in order to manage or stop heavy bleeding. This is especially useful in cases involving amputation.

Now, PGH surgeons operating on patients wouldn’t have to worry too much about their patients bleeding during surgery with this donation from the PGH Medical Foundation.

The CONMED System 2450 offers Dynamic Response technology in easy to use format delivering optimal clinical effects by continuous voltage and current synchronization. Surgeons can choose from six modes or settings – pure or blend cut, standard or spray coag, and micro or macro bipolar.

This Php 600,000.00 state-of-the-art medical equipment is ideal for general surgery and specialty surgeries not requiring more advance modes.

With this donation, the hospital’s shortfall goes down from 5 to 4.

Check out the “I AM PGH” link and FB page to find out how you too can stop the bleeding and be a PERSON GIVING HOPE.

 

“CRADLE OF HOPE” PGHMFI PHOTO EXHIBIT

“CRADLE OF HOPE” PGHMFI PHOTO EXHIBIT

Ribbon cutting at the Ayala Alabang Town Center (L-R): Mr. Jose Bayani D. Baylon—President PGHMFI, Ms. Melai Lopez—President AACC, Mr. Brian Poe-Llamanzares—I AM PGH Youth Ambassador, Mme. Lolita Escobar-Mirpuri—Corporate Secretary PGHMFI, Dr. Bienvenido V. Cabral—Member Board of Trustees PGHMFI

 

Vivid and inspiring images of PGH – people giving hope and patients getting help set against the Philippine General Hospital background, went on display last September 27 as part of the “Cradle of Hope” Photo Exhibit at the Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa.

The exhibit, organized by the PGH Medical Foundation in collaboration with the Ayala Alabang Camera Club (AACC), was set up to raise awareness about the plight of thousands of indigent Filipino patients that walk through the doors of the country’s biggest tertiary hospital.

“We wanted to bring stories of hope through these captivating images to as many people as possible so that we can drive more people to give hope (PGH),” explained PGHMFI President JB Baylon during the ribbon cutting ceremonies.

“We believe everybody can be a PGH. Through this exhibit we want to convey that it doesn’t really require much to be one.” He continued.

 

“Cradle of Hope” is one of the recent initiatives of the Foundation under the “I AM PGH” Campaign, a bold fund raising initiative to raise 100 Million Pesos (Php 100,000,000.00) for the hospital’s charity patients from 1,000,000 People Giving Hope by sharing P100 each.

Check out the “I AM PGH” link and FB page to learn how you too, can be a PERSON GIVING HOPE.

Photoshoot

Members of the Ayala Alabang Camera Club pose in front of the

PGH Main Building By: Aly Reyes

…SHOOTING PGH

They shot patients, staff, guests, rooms, offices, hallways. They spared no one and nothing. They shot them all.

The shooters – members of the Ayala Alabang Camera Club (AACC), their weapons of choice – fancy cameras of all sorts and sizes, and their target – PGH, the hospital and the men and women, staff and patients who walk through its doors everyday.

The 40 strong AACC spent an entire day at the country’s premiere tertiary hospital last September 7, to take photos of the institution and its beneficiaries – indigent Filipino patients for the “Cradle of Hope” Photo Exhibit.

“A picture paints a thousand words so they say. That is why the Foundation partnered with these passionate and committed photo enthusiasts from Ayala Alabang – so that through their lenses, more people will get to know more about the conditions here at the PGH and consequently be inspired to do something to help.” PGHMFI President JB Baylon said.

“We had fun. We learned a lot. We got great photos. But more importantly we saw for ourselves how ordinary men and women just like all of us can become silent heroes and messengers of hope to the indigent patients of the PGH. It was truly inspiring,” said one of the AACC members.

“I believe our photographers captured these moments well. I hope we get to bring hope and drive more people to help as well.” The AACC continued.

Outputs from the one day photo shoot were put on display last September 27 as part of the “Cradle of Hope” Photo Exhibit at the Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa City. The exhibit is one of the recent initiatives of the Foundation under the “I AM PGH” Campaign, a bold fund raising initiative to raise 100 Million Pesos (Php 100,000,000.00) for the hospital’s charity patients from 1,000,000 People Giving Hope by sharing P100 each.

 

 

 

 

From Brunei with Love – Brunei Students Visit PGH

Assistant Lecturers and Midwives students from ASEAN neighbor - Princess Rashida Institue of Health Sciences, University of Brunei Darussalam visited the PGH last June 7, 2013 as part of their hospital visit to the Philippines. Our special guests visited OB-GYN ward, Pediatric Wards, Emergency Medicine, and Dept. of Medicine Ward together with Dr. Gregorio T. Alvior Jr., Mme. Lolita Escobar-Mirpuri and some PGH nurses and residents

Assistant Lecturers and Midwives students from ASEAN neighbor – Princess Rashida Institue of Health Sciences, University of Brunei Darussalam visited the PGH last June 7, 2013 as part of their hospital visit to the Philippines. Our special guests visited OB-GYN ward, Pediatric Wards, Emergency Medicine, and Dept. of Medicine Ward together with Dr. Gregorio T. Alvior Jr., Mme. Lolita Escobar-Mirpuri and some PGH nurses and residents

PGHMFI Donates to the Section of Pulmonary Medicine

Fellows of the Section of Pulmonary Medicine with their Head Dr. Joselito Chavez (5th from the right) gave the Certificate of Appreciation to the PGHMFI Executive Committee Members (from right; Atty. Arnie Cariño, Dr. Telesforo Gana, Mrs. Agnes Essem Perez, Mr. Jose Bayani Baylon (back) and Dr. Alfonso Doloroso) for donating Wright’s Respirometer, Oxygen Analyzer and Manometer.

Fellows of the Section of Pulmonary Medicine with their Head Dr. Joselito Chavez (5th from the right) gave the Certificate of Appreciation to the PGHMFI Executive Committee Members (from right; Atty. Arnie Cariño, Dr. Telesforo Gana, Mrs. Agnes Essem Perez, Mr. Jose Bayani Baylon (back) and Dr. Alfonso Doloroso) for donating Wright’s Respirometer, Oxygen Analyzer and Manometer.

LUFTHANSA TECHNIK PHILIPPINES Donates to PGH Rehab Medicine & Out Patient Services through PGHMFI

(L-R) Ms. Wayne Llegado— Manager Financial Accounting Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Ms. Ditas Salayon—Employee Council Representative Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Dr. Joy Evangelista—Past Chairman Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicines, Ms. Agnes Essem Perez—Treasurer PGHMFI, Mme. Lolita Escobar-Mirpuri—Corporate Secretary PGHMFI , Mr. Gerald Frielinghaus—President & CEO Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Dr. Gregorio Alvior Jr.—Chairman & Past President PGHMFI and Dr. Jose Alvin Mojica—Chairman Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicines

(L-R) Ms. Wayne Llegado— Manager Financial Accounting Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Ms. Ditas Salayon—Employee Council Representative Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Dr. Joy Evangelista—Past Chairman Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicines, Ms. Agnes Essem Perez—Treasurer PGHMFI, Mme. Lolita Escobar-Mirpuri—Corporate Secretary PGHMFI , Mr. Gerald Frielinghaus—President & CEO Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Dr. Gregorio Alvior Jr.—Chairman & Past President PGHMFI and Dr. Jose Alvin Mojica—Chairman Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicines

Lufthansa Technik Philippines donated Php 150,000.00 to the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine for the renovation of Interdisciplinary Multi-Purpose Therapy Room.

 Leading manufacturer and independent provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for aircraft, engines and components – Lufthansa Technik Philippines led by their dynamic President Gerald Freilinghaus trooped to the Conference Hall of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine last April 4, 2013 to personally hand over their donations to the department.

 Doctors and staff and friends of the department including representatives from the Foundation witnessed the simple turnover ceremony led by Mr. Freiglinghaus and Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Chairman Dr. Jose Alvin Mojica, PGHMFI President Dr. Gregorio T. Alvior Jr.

 

…DOPS gets new Wheelchairs

(L-R) Ms. Ditas Salayon—Employee Council Representative Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Dr. Ester Saguil— Chairman PGH Dept. of Out-Patient Services, Dr. Gregorio Alvior Jr.—Chairman & Past President PGHMFI, Mr. Gerald Frielinghaus—President & CEO Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Ms. Wayne Llegado— Manager Financial Accounting Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Mme. Lolita Escobar-Mirpuri—Corporate Secretary PGHMFI and Ms. Agnes Essem Perez—Treasurer PGHMFI

(L-R) Ms. Ditas Salayon—Employee Council Representative Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Dr. Ester Saguil— Chairman PGH Dept. of Out-Patient Services, Dr. Gregorio Alvior Jr.—Chairman & Past President PGHMFI, Mr. Gerald Frielinghaus—President & CEO Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Ms. Wayne Llegado— Manager Financial Accounting Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Mme. Lolita Escobar-Mirpuri—Corporate Secretary PGHMFI and Ms. Agnes Essem Perez—Treasurer PGHMFI

On the same day wheelchairs for DOPS patients were turned over Of course this was welcome news and so the department officials put together a simple welcome ceremony to honor their kind hearted donors from Lufthansa.  On the day of the turnover, no less than the company’s President and CEO Mr. Gerald Frielinghaus arrived to personally hand over their donation to the department.

In his message to the PGHMFI below, Lufthansa Technik Philippines President & CEO Gerald Frielinghaus explains their commitment and their donation to the hospital.

“The support we have provided to the Philippine General Hospital Medical Foundation fulfills our corporate social responsibility of alleviating the quality of life among Filipino children.  Our donation of twenty-six wheelchairs and the renovation of their Interdisciplinary Multipurpose Therapy room show our full support to PGH’s desire to improve the learning environment of special children and provide care and medical assistance to patients of the hospital.

“The funding for the renovation and the wheelchairs was made possible by the men and women of Lufthansa Technik in Germany who gathered cash contributions during their Christmas party last December 2012.  We hope that these contributions, together with our shared dedication for the same cause, go a long way for the Filipino community.  We sincerely wish PGH all the best in their efforts and mission.”

A whole hearted THANK YOU Lufthansa Technik and Mr. Frielinghaus – from all of us – the PGHMFI, the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Dept. of Out-Patients Services and the whole community of the PGH.

 

 

We Are Growing Bigger – PGHMFI Welcomes New Members

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The Annual Membership Meeting last March 22 was an important meeting for the Foundation on a number of levels. First, it was the last membership meeting for outgoing PGHMFI President Dr. Greg Alvior. While Dr. Alvior will stay on as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the daily operational activities will now online casino be the responsibility of new President JB Baylon. In a manner of speaking, the meeting was a little short of a despedida for Dr. Alvior.

The meeting also was an opportunity for the seven new members of the Foundation to meet the board of trustees and to be inducted into the organization. The seven new members of the PGHMFI are: Ms. Maria Teresa dela Cruz, Mr. Roden Araneta, Ms. Catherine Bautista, Ms. Ana Amigo-Antonio, Mr. Pedro Sacro Jr., Ms. Ma. Criselda Nieto and Mr. Lester Pascua

Welcome to our ever growing family of committed individuals.

 

 

PGH inaugurates its new building facility

(L-R) Mr. Jorge Ortoll, Ms. Inmaculada Ortoll-Mutuc, Dr. Gregorio T. Alvior Jr. –PGHMFI President, Dr. Jose C. Gonzales—PGH Director, Dr. Esperanza I. Cabral—former DOH Secretary (PHOTO By: Ramelo Gusilatar)

The year 2011 saw the construction and inauguration of the Ortoll Primary Reproductive Health Care Center (OPRHCC). The OPRHCC is a project of the PGH Medical Foundation Inc. for the Department of OB-GYN of the Philippine General Hospital. This undertaking was realized through the generous donation of Mr. Jorge Ortoll and Ms. Inmaculada Ortoll-Mutuc. The two storey project stands in a 600 square meter area within the PGH Compound and will be a Birthing Center that would admit obstetrical patients for normal delivery within a short stay of not more than 24 hours.  The overall objective of the project is to accommodate the increasing number of normal delivery admissions which, at present, is limited since abnormal cases are prioritized by the Dept. of OB-GYN in its admission policy. Hence, several uncomplicated cases have to be turned away and referred to other hospitals due to lack of space. This also results in fewer cases necessary for obstetrical instructions for students of UP College of Medicine, UP College of Nursing and rotating students from the Baler extension of UPCM. With the opening of the Ortoll birthing center, an expected increase in obstetrical services as well as expansion of teaching cases for our residents, students and interns is assured. Services of said center will also accommodate Dilatation and Curettage for gynecologic cases which cannot be accommodated in the main OB-GYN unit of PGH.

 Heralding the ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony were PGHMFI President, Dr. Gregorio T. Alvior Jr., Dr. Esperanza I. Cabral, Mr. Jorge Z. Ortoll, Ms. Inmaculada Ortoll-Mutuc and PGH Director Dr. Jose C. Gonzales.  Blessing of the facility was officiated by Father Maximo Barbero SJ, PGH Chaplain

PGHMFI Donates to Family Medicine

TURNOVER CEREMONY—(L-R) Mr. Jose Bayani Baylon—Member, Board of Trustee PGHMFI , Dr. Zorayda Leopando—Vice-Chair for Community Medicine, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, Dr. Bienvenido Alip—Chairman, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, Dr. Gregorio T. Alvior Jr. President, PGHMFI, Mrs. Agnes Essem B. Perez—Treasurer, PGHMFI, Dr. Alfonso A. Doloroso—Board of Trustee & EXECOM Member, PGHMFI and Dr. Edward C. Tordesillas—Auditor, PGHMFI

The Department of Family and Community Medicine will be implementing an innovative Family Health Care Program at its Outpatient Clinic. The program is designed to simulate an actual family medicine practice catering to the needs of patients and their families while enhancing the training of PGH residents.  The clinic presently caters to a minimum of 120 patients which are accommodated throughout the day. Based on statistics, their patient census becomes higher on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to accommodate the service follow-up of residents. The department boasts of this family-oriented unique approach to the practice. However, to further upgrade its services and provide quality care to its patients, additional equipment is needed for the facility.

One of PGH Medical Foundation Inc.’s main objectives is to provide medical equipment and supplies for the hospital. Cognizant of the need, the foundation extended its support to Dept. of Family and Community Medicine by purchasing the following equipment and supplies to help support its programs:

A. Wall mounted BP apparatus

B. Digital Thermometer

C. LCD Projector

D. Sound system (Amplifier with Speakers)

E. Microphone

F. Monoblock Chairs

With the donation, PGHMF continues to strive in providing quality service and utmost care to the needy patients of PGH.

PGHMFI donates Cautery Machine to Division of Urology

PGHMFI President Dr. Gregorio T. Alvior Jr. (center), Mme. Lolita Escobar—Mirpuri-PGHMFI Corporate Secretary(7th from Left), Dr. Telesforo E. Gana Jr.—Urology Unit Head (1st from Left), Dr. Eduardo Gatchalian—Dept. of Surgery Chairman ( 6th from Left) with Urology Consultants and Residents.

 

The division of Urology of the Philippine General Hospital received a new cautery machine compatible their urologic endoscopic equipment.

For the last 10 years, the surgery department of the Urology division has managed to function using a single cautery machine for their operations, both charity and pay. Based on their census, the division caters to more than 10,000 patients per year with prostate problems. Their endoscopic equipment has compatibility issues that is why utmost care and periodic maintenance measures were set to keep their cautery machine, the only one well-matched  to the said endoscopic apparatus, efficiently working.  But the inevitable has happened when said machine finally broke down and was found irreparable due to unavailability of spare parts. Hence, their long list of patients in line for admission are now on hold. As much as they want to alleviate their sufferings and cure them of their diseases, they are hindered by the lack of equipment. Through the PGHMF’s objectives, aside from its assistance to indigent patients, is to provide medical equipment and machines to the hospital. Thus, the foundation extended its support to the Urology division by donating a Valleylab Force FX cautery unit amounting to Php 600,000.00. With this development, the depatment’s services such as TURP (Transurethral resection of the Prostate) and TURBT (Transurethral resection of bladder tumor) are expected to resume immediately.  This donation is in line with PGHMF’s effort of assisting PGH in providing quality health care to all its patients.

 

PGHMFI Project: PGH-Arterial Blood Gas Unit (ABG)

(L-R) Mr. Winston Uy—Donor, Mmre. Lolita Escobar-Mirpuri, and Dr. Gregorio T. Alvior Jr. President PGHMFI cut the ceremonial ribbon

 

The newly relocated ABG (Arterial Blood Gas) Unit  was inaugurated last December 07, 2012 with no less than the project donors Mr. Winston Uy and Atty. Arnie Cariño and attended by  PGHMFI President,  Dr. Greg T. Alvior with execom officers, Mme Lolita Mirpuri, Dr. Porong Gana and Ms Agnes Essem Perez..  Also present were PGH Director, Dr. Jose Gonzales and several doctors from the Pulmonary Section Dept. of Medicine.

The new ABG Unit  is now located at the 2nd floor of the Philippine General Hospital just outside the Central ICU. This makes it readily accessible to the hospital’s 10 intensive care units as well as the outpatients who likewise avail of its services. The goal of the renovation is to give ABG Unit a permanent location and likewise help PGH generate more income. In recent years,  patient census  of the said unit has been growing rapidly, outstripping its current capacity to serve more patients. With this relocation and renovation, the unit is expected to serve more patients and increase their census even more.

The blessing of the facility was officiated by Rev. Fr. Vidal Gornez S.J. In her welcome remarks, Pulmonary Section Head  Dr. Bella Siasoco  expressed her sincerest gratitude to PGH Medical Foundation and its donors for providing ABG Unit a new home.  Dr. Jose Gonzales likewise expressed his great appreciation to PGHMFI as well as its donors for never failing to help PGH in its development efforts.  The special affair was capped by a  hearty lunch provided by  ABG Laboratory. (MORE PHOTOS)