Perhaps, a snappy salute if not a little word of recognition is long overdue for the untiring staff of the Dagupan-based medical center, led by Dr. Jesus Canto
, who made this almost impossible dream come true despite the shortage of funds.Starting from nothing, the R1MC was carved out from the rubble of the Don Teofilo Sison Memorial Hospital, which was destroyed by a strong earthquake on July 16, 1990, said Canto, who was an administrator in private hospitals before he was sworn in as the R1MC director by Health Secretary Manuel Dayrit.
The youngest of the three existing medical centers in the Ilocos, R1MC
is a 300-bed capacity health-care facility, all of which are service beds, except one or two beds in every medical ward or clinical department, said Canto
, who assumed as director of R1MC
only on March 21, 2003.
"When we say service beds, it doesn't mean we give everything free to the patients.We classify them according to their economic status and those who are really indigents would not have to pay anything," Canto
said when he
took over the helm of R1MC
noticed that its image to the community and the entire province of Pangasinan was not so good, it lacked specialists and competent staff to handle special cases; it was sorely lacking in equipment.
Furthermore, its personnel were demoralized and perhaps needed some lessons in value formation to make them more effective and responsive to the needs of patients.He
tackled all these step by step, starting with the hiring of specialists so patients will have more confidence seeking medical help before acquiring modern equipment that can equal those that can be found in many advanced private health-care facilities.
"Now, we can give the same, if not better services than those being given by private hospitals and medical centers so the public will have no more reason to shun away from us," Canto