READY TO CARE. The Medical City-Clark, the region’s most modern health care facility and one of the country’s best, stands majestic and ready to serve. Photo by Bong Lacson
CLARK FREEPORT – The Medical City-Clark (TMCC) is now ready to be one of the primary recipient hospitals for theupcoming Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) in this freeport. Evelyn “Ebong” Luciano- Yumul, TMCC sales and marketing director, said TMCC will be fully operational by January but will start with an initial 100-bed capacity from its full capacity of 150.
According to Yumul, there will be an estimated 200 personnel for the TMCC, excluding doctors. During a tour of the hospital on Thursday, Yumul showed reporters the different facilities and equipment of TMCC.
Yumul said TMCC is classified as a Level 2 hospital by the Department of Health (DOH) even if its capability is already a Level 3 hospital.“Capability is Level 3 but in so far as technicalities are concerned it is Level 2,” Yumul said.
She explained that a Level 3 hospital requires a residency program and the TMCC has so far not partnered with any medical school that’s why it is classified as Level 2. Yumul said by January, TMCC will also be opened to patients in the region but the grand launching will be in March. “We will first give way to APEC in January and in February we will have the hot air balloon event,” she said.
Meanwhile, Yumul said the TMCC is also slated to be the trauma center for the Clark International Airport (CIA) not only because of its location but also because of its state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. She said the TMCC Burn Unitis also the only one of its kind in the region. Yumul said TMCC has a 128-slice CT scan, the first and only one in the region.
CT scan or computerized tomography combines a series of X-ray views taken from many different angles and computer processing to create cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissues inside the human body.
Yumul said another high-end medical equipment of TMCC is the 1.5 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI. Tesla is the unit of measurement quantifying the strength of a magneticfield. She said all TMCC X-rays are fully digital including the portable X-ray.
All these combined, according to Yumul, makes TMCC a modern medical facility. Dr. Cenon Alfonso is TMCC’s chief executive officer.