December 2, 2022

THE Department of Health (DoH) is hopeful that the Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital (STRH) would be converted into a Level 2 hospital by June 2023 once the reforms under the law mandating its conversion into a 100-bed hospital are met.

Under Republic Act 11233 signed by then president Rodrigo Duterte in 2019, the former 25-bed Bacoor District Hospital has been upgraded into the Level 3 Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital with a maximum capacity of 100 beds.

In a briefing held at the STRH on Friday, Health Officer in Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the hospital has been given an approved budget of P75 million under the Health Facility Enhancement Program for next year, which will enable the hospital to complete requirements such as the creation of a new building and repair of the existing building.

Aside from this, the DoH will also improve the hospital’s molecular laboratory with a negative pressure system and the creation of a larger outpatient department.

“We are creating the timelines so that next year, we can upgrade this to Level 2,” Vergeire said in English and Filipino.

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Health Facility Development Bureau director Dr. Theresa Vera added that the upgrades in the STRH is being done “in phases,” beginning with the upgrade from 25 beds to 75 beds, which is the minimum required under Level 2.

“The target is that by early next year, the 100-bed capacity will be fully-operationalized and that the requirements for a Level 2 hospital will be met, such as departmentalized medical services and upgraded support services like laboratory and X-ray,” Vera said in English and Filipino.

Vera added that the STRH will also offer additional services aside from the mandated improvements under its Level 2 accreditation.

Dr. Ephraim Rubiano, director of STRH, added that these improvements going into the Level 2 upgrade are a way for the hospital to attain its mandated Level 3 teaching hospital classification in the next three years.