On August 1, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan here passed a resolution endorsing to the Department of Health (DOH) the application for a license for the PCH to operate a 25-bed capacity.
Board Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario said the resolution is required by the DOH to facilitate the issuance of the permit to construct or upgrade the facility.
“In line with the main thrust of the provincial government to have a mass-based health care program for Pangasinenses, there is a need to increase the bed capacity of PCH in order to provide sufficient medical and health services to its patients as well as justify to DOH the increase of manpower of the said hospital,” Rosario said.
In 2015, Rosario said the PCH registered at least 236 percent bed occupancy rate while for the first semester this year, there has been a 225.6 percent bed occupancy rate.
Dr. Alfredo Sy, PCH chief, added that as of the present time, the community hospital caters to an average number of 24 to 26 patients daily which is more than the 10 actual implementing bed capacity.
“Bed occupancy rate measures how good the services are provided to the patient and for the hospital to have good services, its bed occupancy rate should never be below or above 85 to 100 percent,” said Sy adding that based on the percentage performance of a hospital, PCH is considered to be operating below the standards.
However, Sy clarified that facility wise, the hospital can accommodate not just 10 patients but at least 30 patients a day.
“We requested the permit to operate a 25-bed capacity to facilitate the construction of additional building and possibly additional manpower to accommodate more patients without sacrificing the quality of service provided to them,” Sy added.
PCH, together with the Urdaneta City District Hospital (UCDH), caters to patients from towns of Pozorrubio, Bautista, Alcala, Binalonan, Laoac, Sto. Tomas, Sison, Villasis and Urdaneta City and other nearby localities. (PIA-1, Pangasinan)