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Laguna Regional Hospital To Level Up Healthcare Delivery In Calabarzon

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Laguna Regional Hospital To Level Up Healthcare Delivery In Calabarzon

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A new government-run medical facility being constructed in this municipality is poised to revolutionize healthcare accessibility, not only within Laguna, but across neighboring provinces in Calabarzon.

Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary and Regional Director Ariel Valencia told reporters on Friday that the soon-to-rise Laguna Regional Hospital (LRH) will be the central pillar in a new healthcare strategy that also includes the network of Super Health Centers (SHCs) across the province.

LRH will unburden the Batangas Regional Hospital in Batangas City and Southern Tagalog Hospital in Bacoor City, Cavite, which are the frequent destinations for Laguna’s patients.

It will likewise streamline healthcare delivery and alleviate congestion in existing medical centers, he explained.

Valencia said the DOH’s vision for the new hospital “revolves around ensuring equal access to top-tier healthcare services for every individual.”

From primary care encompassing immunization, nutrition, and maternal health to specialized services like cancer screening and non-communicable disease prevention, the hospital aims to address a spectrum of health needs effectively, the assistant secretary pointed out.

Earlier, the DOH and the provincial government also announced that a total of 13 SHCs are being built in Laguna.

The small but well-equipped SHCs will serve as crucial gateways, ensuring timely and appropriate healthcare interventions before patients are referred to hospitals.

On Thursday, national health officials and provincial leaders gathered for the groundbreaking ceremonies of the LRH in a two-hectare property in Barangay Puypuy.

Laguna 2nd District Representative Ruth Hernandez, the driving force behind House Bill No. 9623, which mandated the hospital’s establishment, announced a PHP150 million initial budget for its construction.

Meanwhile, the Laguna provincial government announced that it has set aside a one-hectare piece of land in this municipality for the development of a commercial complex under its management.

Governor Ramil Hernandez told reporters on Friday that the land is part of a four-hectare parcel of prime real estate in Barangay Puypuy that is owned by the provincial government and is being subdivided to serve various purposes.

The envisioned LRH which will be operated by the DOH, will eventually occupy two hectares of this sprawling estate, he noted.

“While our contributions to the DOH and the Bay LGU are non-revenue generating, it is incumbent upon us to capitalize on the remaining land for the benefit and advancement of the provincial government,” Hernandez said.

He added that this initiative signifies the provincial government’s unwavering commitment to fostering economic growth and sustainability, capitalizing on strategic land utilization “to drive prosperity and enhance the overall well-being of Laguna’s residents.” (PNA)