VMMC 58th Anniversary Celebration
MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2013
Theme: Mental Health and Older Adults
October 9, 2013 - Basilio Valdes Hall
9-10 AM - Successful Aging
10-11 PM -Dementia 101: Forget Me Not!
11:30-1:30PM - Film: Mga Anino ng Kahapon. Agot Isidro, TJ Trinidad
1:30-4:00PM - 2nd VMMC Pa-utakan!
NATIONAL HOSPITAL WEEK CELEBRATION
WOMEN'S MONTH CELEBRATION
March 18, 2013
7:30am - Flag Raising - Message from Franklin V. Gali, MD, MHA, FPCS - VMMC Chairperson GAD Focal Point
8:00am - FBS & BONE SCREENING - Employees & Clients - Venue: VMMC Valdes Hall
10:00am - Lecture on Proper Nutrition for Women's Health - Speaker: Ms. Hezil Nerpio, RND, Venue: VMMC Valdes Hall
March 19, 2013
8:00am - 4:00pm GAD Orientation Seminar - Speaker Ms. Chat Montano-Planing Officer II, DND, GAD -TWG - Venue: VMMC Valdes Hall
March 20, 2013
9:00am - 12:00nn - Livelihood Training "Leap from Employee to Entrepreneur" - Venue: VMMC Executive Laounge
1:00pm - 5:00pm - WOMEN'S FORUM - NDCP Auditorium
March21 and 22, 2013
Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines Seminar - Venue: DND
VMMC JOINS THE NATION IN CELEBRATING NUTRITION MONTH
The Veterans Memorial Medical Center joins the whole nation in celebrating the 38th Nutrition Month this July 2012 with the theme: Pagkain ng Gulay Ugaliin; Araw-araw Itong Ihain.
The theme focuses on encouraging Filipinos to increase consumption of vegetables to address micro-nutrient deficiencies and prevent non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. It was reported that the Philippines is the lowest vegetable consumer in the whole of Southeast Asia.
Spearheading the hospital celebration of the Nutrition Month is the Dietetic Service headed by Mrs. Elisa O. Sua. Steamers and posters were put up in strategic areas to help disseminate the message of this year theme.
The week-long celebration started with a flag raising ceremony followed by a ribbon cutting and opening of exhibits that showcased healthy foods, vegetables planted in the backyard, and other guides to proper nutrition. Children from VMMC Day Care Center paraded themselves wearing vegetable mascots to give emphasis on the importance and value of eating vegetables at the dining table.
The other highlight activities include Food Fair at the Main Kitchen, Free FBS , Cholesterol and Bone Screening, Wet Sampling and Selling of Nutrition Support Products. An added attraction to the celebration was a Seminar on Urban Organic Farming(Vegetable Gardening) at the Valdes Hall wherein interested employees were taught by Mr. Domingo Austria, Demo Farm Supervisor of the Department of Agriculture the nitty-gritty of urban organic farming.
The culminating activity was a cake and pastry raffle at the Staff Dining Room. The winners-beaming with smiles in their faces- brought home delicious and palatable cakes and pastries.
VMMC Director Nona F. Legaspi and Assistant Director Franklin V. Gali lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of exhibits at the hospital lobby in celebration of the 38th Nutrition Month. VMMC Day Care pupils ( in front) wear vegetable mascots to encourage Filipinos to eat vegetables in accord with this years theme: Pagkain ng Gulay ay Ugaliin; Araw-araw Itong Ihain.
PCSO DONATES NEW AMBULANCE TO VMMC
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office donated a brand new Foton View Ambulance 2.8 L M/T with complete accessories to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in a turn-over ceremony on July 11, 2012 at the PCSO Office, PICC Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City.
Leading the turn-over rites were PCSO Chairman, Hon. Margarita P. Juico and VMMC Director Nona F. Legaspi . Other VMMC officials who witnessed the event were Dr. Martha Nucum, Asst. Chief, Professional Staff; Mrs. Dolores M. Geronimo, Administrative Officer; Mrs. Monina R. Abaya, Chief, Special Services Division.
The 2012 model ambulance was donated by the PCSO under the Ambulance Program and is covered by a three-year warranty. The van contains collapsible type stretcher, two units ambu bag (1 for pedia, 1 for adult) spine board, stainless curtain rod, 2 fire extinguishers aside from medical accessories. The new ambulance will augment the two ambulances currently used by the hospital which are both in the state of dilapidation.
Initial request for said vehicle was made in 2003 by then Director Liberato A. Casison. The PCSO Board approved the request through Resolution No. A-0139 dated November 24, 2010 and officially acquired through the persistent follow up of incumbent VMMC Director Nona F. Legaspi.
Photo shows from left Mrs. Monina R. Abaya, Chief, Special Services Division; Mrs. Dolores M. Geronimo, Administrative Officer; Hon. Margarita P. Juico of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (Center)VMMC Director Nona F. Legaspi ; Dr. Martha O. Nucum, Assistant Chief, Professional Staff during the ceremonial turn-over of the ambulance key to VMMC officials.
Rev. Fr. Emigdio A. Paredes, VMMC Chaplain blesses the newly acquired ambulance donated by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. Looking on is VMMC Director Nona F. Legaspi. Partly hidden is Dr. Martha O. Nucum, Assistant Chief, Professional Staff.
Pistang Pilipino sa VMMC
To showcase the culture, tradition, talents and fun-loving traits of the Filipino, the Veterans Memorial Medical Center will hold the "Pistang Pilipino sa VMMC" - the first ever summer festival in the hospital.
The affair will start on Wednesday, May 9 with a Food Fair/Tiangge at the Flag Pole Area. The Tiangge is slated on Wednesday to Friday on May 9-11, May 14-18, and May 21-25. More than 30 stalls were installed and have been selling a variety of food and commodities.
One of the biggest spectacle on Friday, May 11 is the Employees Sportsfest. This will be participated by permanent, casual, part-time, contractual and emergency employees. Pilipino games to be played are: Polvoron Eating Contest, Coke Drinking Contest, Sipa, Hulihan ng Biik, Basagan ng Palayok and Palosebo. To top it all, there will be a Cheering Contest among the participating groups.
Another exciting event will be the "Talentadong Empleyado ng VMMC" on May 18 at the Basilio J. Valdes Hall. The adjudged winner will received P7,000.00. Second and third prize winners will receive P3,000 and P2,000 respectively.
The summer festivities will be culminated by Santacruzan, a parade of VMMC "beauties" depicting Santa Helena and entourage on May 25. The adjudged winners for Reyna Helena and Best Ark will received P7,000 and P5,000 respectively
Pistang Pilipino sa VMMC is chaired by Dr. Felicitas A. Soriano, Head, Department of Psychiatry. Vice-chair is Dr. Balthazar Villaraza, Head, Department of Family Medicie and Outpatient Servvices. Other members of the Committee are Ms. Monina Abaya, Ms. Helen Cocson, Dr. Maria Paz Mateo, Ms. Josephine Jamon, Ms. Luzviminda Acla, Mr. Froilan de Belen and Engr. Diosdado Colcol.
The whole VMMC family is divided into seven groups: Group 1 - Building management Division, Nursing Service and Department of Pediatrics. Group II - Department of Radiology and Radiotheraphy, Dietetic Service, Social Service and Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Group III - Department of Medicine, Medical Administrative Division, Special Service Division, and Department of Orthopedics. Group IV - Office of the Administrative Officer, Personnel Division, Supply Division, Procurement Division, Management Information System and Department of Psychiatry. Group V - Department of Dental Medicine, Accounting Division, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, and Department of Anesthesiology.
Group VI - Department of Family Medicine and Outpatient Services, Office of the Director, Office of the Comptroller, Budget Division, Department of Pathology, and Department of Opthalmology. Group VII - Pharemacu Service, Engineering Division, Review and Evaluation Unit, Department of Surgery, and Department of Nuclear Medicine and Research.
Veterans Hospitalization Program (VHP) ng PVAO - VMMC
Maliban sa mga serbisyong pangkalusugan mula sa VETERANS MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER (VMMC), mayroon ding VETERANS HOSPITALIZATION PROGRAM (VHP) ang Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO)at VMMC para sa mga beteranoat kanilang mga kaanak na ipinatutupad sa 599 na ospital ng gobyerno sa buong bansa.
VMMC Celebrates 56th Anniversary
The Veterans Memorial Medical Center celebrates its 56th Foundation Anniversary starting today until Friday (November 21-25) with the theme: "Taos Pusong Paglilingkod at Pagpupugay sa Mga Beterano."
Dr. Celestino S. Dalisay, the Chairman of the 56th Anniversary and Christmas Committee announced that the week-long celebration are as follows:
VMMC incumbent Director Nona dela Fuente Legaspi commended the members of the Committee "for a job well done." She further exhorted all VMMC employees to cooperate and participate in the week-long activities.
Dr.Celestino S. Dalisay, Chairman of the VMMC 56th Anniversary Committee (center) announces the week-long activities of the anniversary during the Flag Raising Ceremony. Looking at after former directors of VMMC: Dr. Sergio P. Brillantes, Dr.Felix S. Navarro and Dr. Liberato A. Casison
Expanded PVAO - VMMC Hospitalization Benefits, Medical Care and Treatment for Veterans
VETERANS' Hospitalization, Treatment and Medical Care Benefits
The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), through the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) is mandated to provide hospitalization, treatment and medical care benefits to veterans and their beneficiaries pursuant to Republic Act No. 6948 as ammended by Republic Act No. 7696.
Who are eligible to these benefits?
> Veterans' spouse,
> unmarried minor children
> children who are mentally or physically incompetent regardless of age
> dependent parents or foster parent regardless of veteran's civil status.
What services are included in these benefits?
All veterans shall be provided with hospitalization, medical care and treatment at the VMMC and in the veterans wards of government hospitals or such other medical facility accredited by PVAO-VMMC. VMMC is the primary medical facility for veterans and their families. It boast of up-to-date diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitation equipment to include among others dialysis machines, CT scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Patients seeking medical attention can avail of general and specialty services from its Clinical and Ancillary Departments specializing in medicine, surgery, pulmonary diseases, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology-HNS, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, anesthesiology, family medicine, rehabilitation medicine, pathology, nuclear medicine and research, radiology and radiotherapy, and dental medicine.
Confinement of patients in the VMMC adheres to the following priority:
> Veterans and military retirees who are suffering from service connected disabilities or disease for which they are
receiving monthly disability pension.
> Veterans and military retirees who are suffering from service connected disabilities or disease which need immediate
> Veterans and military retirees who are suffering from non service connected disabilities or disease, which do not
require immediate medical attention.
> Other persons authorized under rules and regulations of PVAO as approved by the Secretary of National Defense.
Expanded Hospitalization Benefits
To address the healthcare needs of pensioners who cannot travel to the VMMC due to their limited mobility and medical condition, particularly those in the provinces, PVAO/VMMC has accredited 562 government hospitals throughout the country to extend hospitalization and medical care and benefits to all veterans and their beneficiaries.
The hospital care and treatment provided to the veteran and their qualified dependents shall be on an all - inclusive basis and shall be paid based on actual billing not to exceed EIGHT HUNDRED PESOS (P800.00) per day net of the other applicable discounts. Furthermore, PVAO/VMMC shall pay up to a maximum of 45 days of hospital confinement per patient per year.
The length of stay of the patient the date of his admission shall be counted as day ONE and the date of discharge shall not be counted as last day. A patient shall be allowed to on pass for at least 24 hours. After such 24 hours, he is considered discharged.
VMMC Celebrates Blood Donors' Month
Every month of July, BLOOD DONORS are given due recognition, as prescribed by Republic Act 7719, the National Voluntary Blood Services Act of 1994. Hence, tertiary level hospitals and the Local Government Units make it a point to celebrate Blood Donors’ Month annually.
In line with this, Operation Lifeline, the Blood Donation Program of the Department of Pathology of VMMC spearheaded the celebration by a blood drive on 6 July 2011 at the VMMC Main Lobby to instill the importance of giving blood and encourage VMMC employees to help their fellowmen. Thirty five (35) units were collected from donors composed mostly of VMMC employees and some walk-in, non-VMMC personnel. To benefit from this activity are the war veterans, AFP retirees and their dependents confined in VMMC who are in need of blood.
The following day, 7 July 2011, the VMMC-Operation Lifeline Artwork Exhibit was held at the main lobby, organized by the Department of Pathology (DOP). The event started off with a formal program with Dr. Nona dela Fuente-Legaspi as the Guest of Honor. The acting Head of the DOP, Dr. Manuel L. Barnes formally opened the event while the Operation Lifeline Arts Curator, Mr. Gamaliel Fulgueras presented the artworks. Two blood recipients gave testimonies on how Operation Lifeline helped them when they needed blood during their ailments. The Acting Assistant Head of DOP, Dr. Kalangitan R. Gutierrez closed the program and ribbon cutting ceremony followed that signaled the opening of the art exhibit. The event was graced by Dr. Nona Legaspi, Dr. Frank Gali (Asst. Director), Dr. Martha Nucum (Asst. Chief, Professional Staff), and Dr. Manuel Barnes (Acting Head, DOP). Other prominent VMMC employees who attended were, Ms. Dolores Geronimo, Chief, Administrative Office; Mr. Manolo deLeon, Chief, Comptroller; Ms. Helen Cocson, Chief, Medical Administrative Division; Ms. Flordeliza Bautista,Chief, Personnel Division to name a few. The art connoisseurs were treated to a modest cocktail treat while they appreciated the paintings of past winners of the OL Art Competition conducted from 1989 onwards. The program was hosted by the energetic OL Program Manager, Dr. Godwin N. Hernaez.
Other events during the Blood Donors' Month were two blood drives conducted at the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Camp O'Donnel in Capas, Tarlac on July 8 and at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) in Mariveles, Bataan on July 15 and 16. A total of three hundred twenty two (322) blood units were collected from these activities.
Capping the month long celebration of the Blood Donors' Month is a Scientific Forum at the Basilio Valdes Hall on 21 July 2011. This is the second part of VMMC Blood Lecture Series and entitled, Blood Transfusion Reactions by Dr. Edwin Rodriguez, the current President of the Philippine Blood Coordinating Council. An initial lecture by Dr. Rodriguez about The Rational Use of Blood was delivered last June 23, as a prelude to the Blood Donors' Month celebration.
US AMBASSADOR THOMAS JR. - GUEST OF HONOR AT INAUGURATION OF MRI MACHINE AT VMMC
US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry K. Thomas Jr. was the Guest of Honor during the inauguration and blessing of the new MRI machine at VMMC on June 29, 2011.
The MRI machine , which costs US$1.8 M, is part of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) donation through Grant-In-Aid Program.
In his speech, Ambassador Thomas Jr. said that since 2003, the US Government had already donated a total of US$ 5.7 M of medical equipment to VMMC. These donations include dialysis machine, anesthesia machines, ultrasound machine, CT-Scan and even a boiler plant that supplies steam to the entire hospital.
With Ambassador Thomas Jr. were USDVA officials: Jon Skelly, USDVA Director; Nick Pamperin, USDVA Assistant Director; Dennis Brink, Clinic Manager; Robert Crawford, Chief of Logistics and Facilities.
Undersecretary Eduardo G. Batac of the Department of National Defense and PVAO Administrator Ernesto G. Carolina also witnessed the inauguration ceremony.
VMMC Director Nona F. Legaspi M.D. expressed deep gratituted to the US Government on behalf of the Filipino veterans. She said that the MRI machine as well as other USDVA donated equipment gives lasting testimony of the United States' genuine concern to the health care of the veterans who fought side by side with them during World War II.
The donation "will definitely redound to good health care of our veteran patients whom we aim to bring back fit to the mainstream of society," the Director added.
VMMC Director Nona F. Legaspi assists US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. in the ceremonial ribbon-cutting during the inauguration and blessing of the new MRI machine which was donated by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to VMMC. Photo also shows VMMC assistant Director Franklin V. Gali, PVAO Administrator Ernesto G. Carolina, Dr. Dominador Chiong, Chief, Professional Staff, VMMC; Fr. Emigdio Paredes, Chaplain; and Dr. Cecilia Amicis, Head, Department of Radiology and Radiotheraphy.
DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE
Department of Internal Medicine joined the Philippine Heart Association Medical Alumni Society 4th Inter Hospital Quiz Bee last April 7-8, 2011 held at Crowne Plaza, Quezon City. Among the 24 PCP accredited hospitals who joined the quiz bee, VMMC IM Department won the 1st place followed by St. Luke's Medical Center, and UP-PGH on 2nd and 3rd places, respectively. The residents who joined the quiz bee were Dr. Christopher Sampana, Dr. Noel Declines and Dr. Rionette Caramancion. The score of perfect 10 in the final round made them win the championship title. The winners were awarded trophy and cash prize of P37,000.00. This event made the department truly proud.
DEPARTMENT OF ENT-HNS
The VMMC Head and Neck Cancer Survivor Support group hold its monthly meeting every last Friday of the month. For the month of April, 40 patients participated, most veterans. The farthest of the attendees came from Quirino province and Aklan.
The department also participated in the North East Manila Consortium (NEMEC) interhospital interesting Case Paper reading contest held last April 2011. It's entries entitled "Hypernasality, an unusual presentation in Myasthenia Gravis" and "Lateral Neck Mass, a Cause for Alarm" bagged the 1st and 3rd places, respectively.
This April PSO-HNS midyear convention, one of the department's paper entitled "Hypernasality, an unusual presentation in Myasthenia Gravis" was accepted for presentation at the National Research Contest level that will be held in Davao City.
The Asia-Oceania ORL-HNS Congress in New Zealand has accepted and presented one of the department's paper entitled "Evaluation of Patients who underwent Secondary Voice reconstruction after Total Laryngectomy" representing our department. The same paper was also accepted for presentation in the European Congress of ORL-HNS in Barcelona, Spain and Asean Head and Neck Oncology Congress in Singapore.
DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY
The Department of Surgery Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery consortium will be having an "Advancces Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) Wrokshop", May 6-8, 2011. This will be held at the VMMC Animal Laboratry. Participants of this workshop are TCVS consultants, fellows and residents from Veterans Memorial Medical Center, Lung center of the Philippines, AFP Medical Center, Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center and St. Luke's Medical Center.
The Department of Surgery in cooperation with the Philippine College Surgeon's and GMA Kapuso Foundation will be having a mass circumcision (Operation Tule) to an estimated 1,000 indigent young adults from Quezon City. This will be held at the Basilio Valdes Hall on May 7, 2011. This is an annual event of the Department for the past several years as part of the hospital's activities on outreach program.
Consultants and residents will be attending the 37h Philippine College of Surgeon's Midyear Convention and 18th Asian Congress of Surgery at Waterfront Cebuty City Hotel & Casino on May 12 to May 14, 2011. This year's heme is "Surgery in Asia Amidst Global Challenges". This event is organized and hosted by the Philippine College of Surgeons and Asians Surgical Association.
DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS
The Department of Pediatrics gave honor to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center for the achievements on the recently concluded 48th Philippine Pediatric Society Convention held at PICC on April 3-6, 2011.
Out of the 68 nationwide participants of the 4th Interhospital Case Report Contest, Pediatric resident Sandee Agustin, MD, was chosen as one of the ten (10) finalists. Actual presentation was held during the third day of the convention. Dr. Agustin emerged as the FIRST PRIZe WINNER for Herlyn-Wunderlich Syndrome Case report in an 11 year old female.
Another honor was given to our institution by the Pediatric resident, Charlie Panaga-Tenorio,MD. She was among the five(5) finalists of the fifteen(15) who submitted their entries for the 24 Interhospital Prospective Research Paper Contest. Her paper "The efficacy of Spirolina supplementation as adjunct to antihistamine (Loratadine) in treatment of allergic rhinitis among school children" bagged the FIRST PRIZE.
DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION MEDICINE
The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (DRM) consultants will be attending a workshop on the Standardization of the Rehabilitation Medicine Curriculum Framework for Residency Training on May 7, 2011. This workshop aims to provide updates on new developments in the specialty and to evaluate professional competencies ensuring that all training institutions in Rehabilitation Medicine in the country are up to par with global standards.
The Department also had an opportunity to attend a lecture on "Sports Medicine: Common Foot and Ankle Injuries" given by a VMMC-DRM graduate, Dr. Oliver Wendell Lozano on April 29, 2011.
The entire department also attended and participated in a lecture on "Tai Chi and Qigong in Rehabilitation" given by Dr. Edgardo Uyehara, DRM consultant, Valdes Hall on April 30, 2011.
In March 2011, the DRM was awarded a 5-year accreditation, level 3 (highest level) by the Philippine Board of Rehabilitation Medicine Board of Accreditation with a grade of 4.23 out of a perfect 5.0