LINGAYEN-- In order to provide better health services to more Pangasinenses, the Western Pangasinan District Hospital (WPDH) located in Alaminos City will apply for a reclassification from level 1 to 2, under the new hospital classification of the Department of Health (DOH).
In view of the application, the provincial board during its regular session on Monday (August 18) ratified provincial resolution no. 718-2014 endorsing to the DOH the application to operate a 150-bed capacity of the WPDH from 75-bed capacity at present.
According to WPDH chief of hospital Dr. Susan Rita Meriño, the resolution is one of the requirements of the DOH for the reclassification of the hospital.
"With an increased bed capacity, the comfort of patients will be more addressed," she said.
She also mentioned that the hospital upgrade will equip the WPDH to provide better health services to the people from the whole first legislative district and even from other towns.
Under the new DOH reclassification order, level 2 hospitals should have additional departmentalized clinical services as a respiratory unit, high pregnancy risk unit, and second level X-ray with mobile unit.
A level 1 hospital must already have the following facilities: surgery room, isolation, surgical and maternity facilities, dental clinics, secondary clinical laboratory, blood station, first level X-ray, and a pharmacy.
Meriño said that two more wards have been constructed of late, with the instruction of Governor Amado Espino Jr. in preparation for the hospital's application for an upgrade.
Further, since Gov. Espino started on June 30, 2007, public health and hospital services have been in his administration's major thrusts, towards the provincial strategic direction of making Pangasinan the Home of the Healthiest Filipinos.
The Provincial government-owned and managed hospitals which have been continually undergoing rehabilitation, renovation, and other improvements have gained the trust and confidence of the people of Pangasinan resulting to a galloping increase of number of patients from only 74,207 in 2007 to 378,332 in-patients in 2013, based on records of the Provincial Health Office.
In her report, Dr. Meriño noted that in 2013, WPDH has a bed occupancy rate of 174%.