Laoag hospital gets boost from St. Luke’s Medical Center

LAOAG CITY, May 10 (PIA) –- Patients of the Laoag City General Hospital (LCGH) can now expect a world class health care service with the formal entry of St. Luke’s Medical Center as its partner in making the hospital the best medical facility in the North.

The partnership between LCGH and the SLMC was sealed by a Memorandum of Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding last March 31.

The agreements are effective for four years and may be renewed by both parties.

The merger paved the way for St. Luke’s to assist the city hospital in providing residents a similar total health care system that the premier medical center has been known for.

Laoag Mayor Michael Fariñas said the partnership is part of his administration’s commitment to provide residents the best medical care that is affordable even to ordinary patients.

For his part, Dr. Joven R. Cuanang, SLMC’s Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, said the joint venture will enable St.Luke’s to guide the the local hospital in providing quality health care and total patient satisfaction.

Under both agreements, the parties are bound to fulfill commitments of service through a referral system where the city hospital may refer its patients to SLMC for further diagnosis or treatment and vice versa.

The parties will also undergo education and training where personnel of both hospitals will be benefitted by an exchange of relevant information through lectures, in-house trainings and research in healthcare.

The MOU also provides that expertise development shall be afforded to LCGH doctors through international conferences, consultations through teleconferencing including visiting and rotating privileges.

The LCGH may also request for training of its personnel at SLMC in the areas of nursing, finance, marketing, among others. (ANL/CCA-PIA 1, Ilocos Norte)

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