By Niño Luces
LEGAZPI CITY, Albay — The city government opened the other day its new hospital with state-of-the-art facilities that could accommodate patients residing within the city and even neighboring towns.
The Legazpi City Hospital was formally opened last Wednesday with a Holy Mass and ceremonial blessing to mark its full operation.
Bishop Bong Baylon of Diocese of Legazpi, Mayor Noel Rosal, other city officials, and the hospital management and staff graced the event.
Mayor Rosal took pride in saying that the new medical facility is a Level 1, Class A hospital with a 60-bed capacity. “Right now we have 60 beds to operate but we are targeting at least 150 beds,” he said.
Rosal said the multi-million hospital is open to the all and especially caters to indigents who will be afforded a “no excess balance” benefit – a scheme in which one-third of the hospital bill is shouldered by PhilHealth and two-thirds will come from funds of the local government and the congressional district.
“Yung 50 million ay galing sa national government at yung other 50 million ay galing naman sa local government at saka may additional tayong 20 million pesos.
Yung serbisyo natin dito ay no excess balance to exclusive for Legazpeño. Yung mga hindi naman taga Legazpi, hindi naman natin pwedeng tanggihan yun, lalo kung mga emergency. They will stay here overnight then transfer natin sa BRTTH (P50 million came from the national government, while a counterpart fund of P50 million came from the local government plus an additional P20 million. Services here are give through a no excess balance benefit to Legazpi residents. Out-of-towners will not be turned away, especially if they are emergency cases. They will stay here overnight, then transferred to the Bicol Regional Teaching and Training Hospital,” the mayor said.