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USC hires company to assess CCMC

September 3, 2008

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CEBU City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has opened the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) to interested buyers for scrutiny even as the University of San Carlos (USC) hired a Manila-based appraisal firm to assess the value of the hospital.

The USC’s hiring of Asian Appraisal Company, Inc. came after city officials disclosed that there are informal talks with the USC, University of Cebu and the Chong Hua Hospital.

Yesterday, Mayor Tomas Osmeña’s said the sale will not be finalized until a new system for the delivery of medical services for the public will be in place.

Scrutiny

As the City looks for other ways to make the City’s services better, he said the USC can proceed with the inventory, and that “nothing and no one, not even the mayor, is exempted from scrutiny.”

In a letter addressed to City Administrator Francisco Fernandez, USC president Fr. Dionisio Miranda informed the City that they have already contracted the services of Asian Appraisal Company, Inc. to appraise CCMC.

In the letter, Miranda asked City Hall to provide the appraisal team with the hospital’s building plans, cost of renovation, lapsing schedule of all equipment, registration and receipts for all vehicles, financial statement for the past three years and the contract of nursing schools that CCMC is affiliated with.

Employees

Its personnel and staff will also be included in the inventory, Fernandez said.

The USC also asked CCMC Chief Myrna Go to cooperate with the appraisal team members, who now have an authorization letter from the university.

In his news conference yesterday, Osmeña said he is grateful to the Cebuanos who elected him mayor of the city five times and that he will not neglect those who will need hospital services.

“So please don’t think I’m going to screw it up… Before this sale is realized, we will show the people how the money will be spent and ask them what alternatives they want. I want people to know what I’m doing and what I’m planning to do,” he said.

“Now where will the poor people go to? I will see to it that they have something better to go to other than CCMC before we even sell it,” the mayor said.

Osmeña said he will even spend more than what the City is spending this year to operate the CCMC, which amounts to P160 million.

Alternative

“I’m not going to betray the people who supported me. Before any final decision is made, I’ll make sure the people understand what the alternative is. With P160 million, I think we can produce more than what is being given by CCMC,” he continued.

If the sale is finalized, the mayor is planning to set up three trauma centers and additional barangay health and birthing centers.

He said the City needs to upgrade its medical and hospital services because he does not see the CCMC being able to provide efficient and improved services to cope with the City’s growth.

Osmeña said the City could spend taxpayer’s money to expand the hospital but with the way the personnel are running the facility, he believes it will only be a waste of funds.

“We can increase the amount we spend but I just can’t see putting up a new hospital that will be run by the same people. If it operates effectively, then maybe we can just expand it… but if you spend another P500 million for expansion, what will we get in return?” the mayor said.

Cebu City officials confirm plans to sell medical center

August 29, 2008

Cebu City officials confirm plans to sell medical center

By Chris Ligan
Cebu Daily News

Posted date: August 29, 2008

THE Cebu City government confirmed plans to sell the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) to reduce its costs of running the hospital and facilitate the entry of new management to improve its services.

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña confirmed in yesterday’s press conference that the University of San Carlos (USC) and the University of Cebu (UC) showed interest in buying the 47-year old CCMC.

Cebu City administrator Francisco Fernandez said they have started talking with USC which already started doing an inventory of the city hospital’s facilities and records as well as assessment of its existing staff.

Osmeña also said UC President Go expressed interest in buying the city hospital to provide a training ground for the school’s nurses and doctors.

He said that while he wants to sell the entire CCMC including its nursing wing, he is still open to other options.

This includes selling the hospital part by part or by department, Osmeña said.

He said the hospital will first be appraised for its market value and then bidded out to interested parties.

The mayor said one of the preconditions set for the buyers is for them to shoulder half of the benefits of the employees who will be forced to retire or be laid off.

He said the payment may reach P50 million.

Osmeña claimed that the CCMC personnel posed the biggest problem in running the hospital since they resisted any reforms the Cebu City government introduced in improving their operations and management.

“They are the problem. It is very hard to do reform in CCMC with the culture of thinking only of themselves,” Osmeña said.

He said he already warned the CCMC to secure International Standardization Organization (ISO) accreditation back in 2001.

But the city hospital failed to do so even if the Cebu City government moved to hire a foreign consultant.

Osmeña said there may have been improvements in the operations but these were insufficient.

If the CCMC is sold, the mayor said he will allocate the P160 million annual budget to secure PhilHealth cards for urban poor families.

Osmeña said a small office may also be set up to approve vouchers for beneficiaries who will be issued PhilHealth cards.

The budget can also be used to improve health centers and set up pharmacies that sell cheaper medicines to the poor.

“We want to do it, we will look for another system where our constituents will enjoy better services,” Osmeña added.

The mayor said they would rather give more scholarships rather than run a nursing school in the CCMC.

“Once the nurses graduate they will no longer live here. What are we doing? How does this translate to making our city better?,” Osmeña noted.

The Cebu City mayor said he would rather give scholarships to poor but deserving students from the hinterland barangays.

Osmeña said even if they go abroad they will still remit their earnings to their relatives in Cebu City’s hinterland barangays.

Mayor to sack 500 hospital workers

August 28, 2008

Mayor to sack 500 hospital workers


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CEBU CITY — If any entity decides to buy the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), Mayor Tomas Osmeña wants all its regular and casual employees laid off.

While he admits there were some improvements in the hospital’s operations in the last few years, the mayor said he is not satisfied with how it is managed and with the services given to the constituents.


This is why he decided to put up the hospital for sale, and use the proceeds to build more health centers in the city and improve existing birthing centers.

“We’ll just lay them off. They are the problem in that hospital. It’s very hard to do any reform at CCMC because they have a culture of thinking only of themselves,” he told a news conference Thursday.

One of the concerns the City Government will have to settle before the sale is finalized is the separation pay and benefits of the employees who will be laid off.

Based on initial computations, the separation pay of the employees will reach some P50 million, and the mayor wants the City and the interested buyer to split the cost.

At the CCMC, hospital officials and patients appealed to City Hall to ensure that the employees who will be displaced will get the benefits they are entitled to under the law, and that poor constituents will still have access to free medical services.

Dr. Myrna Go, the CCMC chief, said she will just wait for further instructions from the mayor, and that she will leave it to him to decide on the fate of the hospital personnel.

“We appeal for the workers to get their separation pay and benefits… Mao bitaw nagsige gyud ko ug remind sa tanan na magbantay gyud na dili masayop kay bisag usa ra ang masayop or magbi-nuang, (I keep reminding them to avoid mistakes, because even if only one makes a mistake) the entire organization will suffer,” Go told Sun.Star Cebu.

Osmeña said, though, that the sale will not happen “in the next few months” since talks with the University of San Carlos (USC) on the possible purchase of CCMC are still preliminary.

The USC has expressed an interest to take over the 47-year-old hospital, which has some 800 plantilla positions. Of the number, only around 500 are filled.

“I was told that they are interested, but discussions on this are very superficial. Before anything else, it’s nothing that can happen in a few months… If it’s going to happen, it’s going to be bid out,” he said.

In 2002, the mayor had also announced a plan to close the CCMC and to use its annual budget instead to acquire health insurance for the poor.

During their regular session last Wednesday, the City Council set a meeting with the CCMC officials and consultants to discuss activities and plans for the hospital.

Without mentioning the sale, Vice Mayor Michael Rama said the legislative department should also be apprised on the executive department’s plans for CCMC.

“We also have to be briefed on the plans of the executive and what direction they have for the hospital because we wouldn’t want to be embarrassed when we are asked about it and we don’t know anything,” he said.

Aside from USC, the mayor said that University of Cebu President Augusto Go is also interested in the 300-bed hospital, and said that he will listen to any proposal.

There is no estimated sale price yet, which will be determined by professional appraisers.

“We’ll have to appraise it and we have to be very transparent about this… Our intention is to look for another system where people will enjoy better services,” he said.

Once the hospital is sold, the City will enroll urban poor families for Philhealth insurance, which they will be able to use in private hospitals for medical services and consultations.

Go said that several improvements have already been introduced in the past few years, including the endoscopy unit, additional intensive care unit, isolation room at the pediatrics ward, a stroke unit and wellness clinic.

They also reduced by 30 percent the number of childbirths at the CCMC, and referred normal deliveries to the birthing centers in the barangays.

CCMC has an average daily census of 200 patients, while the out-patient department attends to up to 500 patients for consultations and medical services.

Go said they also cut by half the processing time for medical assistance for indigent patients of the hospital.