Construction of new P1.5-B Cebu City hospital to start in October


CEBU CITY: The construction of the new P1.5-billion Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) on N. Bacalso Ave., Cebu City is set to start in October, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said.

The city has allocated P300 million from its own coffers for the initial funding for the new hospital.

The city’s “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko” fund drive has also raised P16 million from individual donors, local government units and private organizations.

The city had to tear down the old CCMC building after it was heavily damaged by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake on October 15 last year.

Rama said the initial P316 million will be used for the building’s foundation, the first phase of the project.

Rama said he had received pledges and commitments from Filipinos abroad and from private and non-profit organizations to take care of the first six floors of the proposed ten-story hospital which will have at least 400 beds.

According to the local excutive, SM Prime Holdings Inc. president Hans Sy has vowed to shoulder the cost of the construction of the first floor costing P116.6 million, which will house the emergency rooms for surgery, pediatrics, internal medicine and obstetrics, as well as the laboratory, pharmacy and admitting section.

Meanwhile, the Filipino community in Las Vegas has vowed to raise funds for the construction of the new hospital’s second floor, which will cost P162,249,900 and will house the outpatient departments, the animal bite center, dental center, heart center and laboratory.

Rama said the Filipino communities in Houston will raise funds for the construction of the third floor, at a cost of P166,580,700, which will house the administration offices, department offices, board rooms, dietary section, the medical records section, director’s office, nurses’ offices, doctors’ offices and the auditorium, among others.

He said Operation Smile, a non-profit humanitarian and medical relief organization, will take care of the fourth floor costing P195,269,300 which will house the endoscopy unit, the operating room and the central supply room.

The fifth floor, which will cost P170,741,750 and will house the intensive care unit, geriatric ward, burn unit, religious spaces and stroke unit, among others, will be taken care by Filipinos in Seattle.

The sixth floor costing P100.6 million will be handled by the Filipino community in Salinas, California.

Rama said the same estimate applies to each level from the seventh to the 10th floors. PNA


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