Mayor Ronnel Rivera on Monday, December 6, lauded the General Santos City Doctors Hospital for opening up a new P70-million medical facility that will house modern equipment and medical clinics.
“I salute and offer my compliments to Dr. Gerardo Valencia – GSCDH president – and the rest of the medical and non-medical staff of the hospital for always looking to improve hospital and health care services in the city,” Rivera said in his message.
The city mayor said he hopes more rooms will be freed for additional hospital beds at the 4-story GSCDH.
“Our city hospitals combined – private and public – sorely lack bed capacities even as we cope up with our growing population and number of people needing hospital and health care,” Rivera added.
He likewise cited other private hospitals who he said are also continuing to expand their facilities.
“Our city-run hospital will eventually get the makeover it badly needed,” he also announced.
“We all know that our public health care has always been severely handicapped by budgetary constraints and that what the government cannot afford to extend have been filled up by private hospitals,” the mayor said in lauding the role of private hospitals in the city.
Rivera’s family is also into hospital business and is the controlling stockholders of the Mindanao Medical Center, formerly Baptist Hospital.
GSCDH administrator Mark Maduramente however said no additional bed capacity will be added to the main building.
The new medical arcade will house 52 clinics, Maduramente explained.
Instead, they will construct a new building that will house another 75 bed capacity. The ground breaking was also held yesterday and construction will begin next year.
It will bring to 277 the bed capacity of GSCDH when it will be finished.