WELCOME TO PGH, THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
(by virtue of Republic Act 9500, or the UP Charter of 2008)
Mabuhay from PGH, the Philippines’ 102-year old national tertiary referral center and teaching hospital of UP Manila (The Health Sciences Center) that includes the UP College of Medicine, UP College of Nursing, UP College of Dentistry and allied colleges. It is the largest government hospital administered by the UP System (not by the Department of Health); occupies 10 hectares of prime Manila real estate, 45 interconnected and stand-alone buildings, and 125,000 square meters of floor area; consists of 19 clinical departments distributed in the in- and outpatient sections, 1500 patient beds (1000 charity, 500 pay and special units); and includes modernized and upgraded service, training and research facilities, the latest of which are emergency and radiodiagnostic complexes, the National Eye Referral Center (Sentro Oftalmologico Jose Rizal) and the soon-to-operate Faculty Medical Arts Building (FMAB), among others.
Since its creation by Philippine Commission Act 1688 on August 17, 1907 and subsequent opening to the public on September 1, 1910 with 300 beds, PGH stood by s — its noble purpose of providing quality health care to the Filipino people especially to the underserved. From 1985 to 1991, PGH underwent a major renovation and expansion program, necessitating a dramatic increase in manpower, hospital services and equipment. Today, PGH boasts of about 4000 medical and non-medical employees, a wide array of general, subspecialty and cutting-edge services, and complete support programs and facilities that enable it to render comprehensive quality care to both healthy and sick Filipinos, in particular the indigent and marginalized.
Our shared vision for 2004-2009 says it all: “We are a community of first-rate, highly-energized, socially-responsible healthcare professionals and workers collectively enhancing the national and international image of UP-PGH as the national university hospital showcasing excellence and leadership in client service, training, research and governance”. We go by the battlecry “Tatak PGH Plus” and the simple objectives of (1) delivering what is core in our abovecited four areas of engagement, (2) raising the bar, and (3) setting and achieving leadership targets. We are guided by core values/initiatives which are expressed as slogans: excellence, leadership, basic courtesy and professionalism in the workplace (“magaling na, magalang pa”, “bagong anyo”), along with thriftiness, resourcefulness and loyalty (“iwas waldas”, “dagdag kita”, “magmalasakit, PGH muna”), and patient and environment safety (“malinis at ligtas tayo sa PGH”). We celebrated our Centennial Year from August 17, 2006 to August 17, 2007, and beyond that pledged to (1) sustain, enhance and share PGH’s best practices and successful initiatives; (2) pursue priority project – human resource enrichment, personnel welfare and incentives, quality management systems improvement and modernization/rehabilitation; and (3) benchmark PGH with the best national university hospitals in Asia and the world. On our shoulders fall the daunting tasks of preparing PGH for the second 100 years of its glorious existence. This includes massive rehabilitation of existing physical plant, a multi-storey building housing new facilities, top-of-the-line hospital equipment, fully-computerized systems, a markedly improved human resource management program and a sustainable ISO certification. With the wellspring of support from the National Government, the university, our philanthropic pool of governmental, non-governmental and private groups and individuals here and abroad, and most of all the Filipino public, PGH will be able to celebrate a meaningful and momentous centenary.
On to the next “100 Years of Excellence and Leadership in Quality Healthcare for the Filipino”!
Carmelo A. Alfiler, MD Director, Philippine General Hospital