SM Foundation revamps educational clinic, strengthens commitment to health, education
(From left) SM North EDSA Mall Manager Miguel Gaspi, SM Supermalls Operations SAVP Jocelyn Clarino, SM Foundation Executive Director for Health and Medical Programs Connie Angeles, Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Carleen Sedilla, Regional Medical Officer of DepEd National Capital Region Dr. Connie Gepanayao, and School and Governance & Operations Division Chief Dr. Maria Teresa Namoro at the turnover ceremony of the newly refurbished medical and dental clinic
SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) has consistently invested in critical areas such as health and education to support the country in attaining inclusive growth. A recent testament to this commitment is the transformation of the medical and dental clinic at the Quezon City Schools Division Office (QC-SDO) of the Department of Education (DepEd).
The refurbished clinic, nestled behind the Annex Building of SM North EDSA, features state-of-the-art equipments and a welcoming environment for students, teachers, and staff.
The clinic will also serve as a platform for preventive healthcare, promoting healthy lifestyles and encouraging regular check-ups.
SM group representatives, SM Foundation Health and Medical Program Executive Director Connie Angeles, Mall Operations SAVP Jocelyn Clarino, and SM North EDSA Mall Manager Miguel Gaspi joined the turnover, as SM Foundation marks the beginning of its entry into the renovation of existing clinics in public elementary and secondary schools within the jurisdiction of the DepEd.
Building a healthier future
With the refurbishment of the school-based clinic, SM Foundation and DepEd move closer to providing accessible healthcare to students, teachers, and staff.
During the turnover ceremony, Dr. Connie Gepanayao, Regional Medical Officer of DepEd National Capital Region, and SDO Superintendent Dr. Carleen Sedilla underscored the crucial role of health in enabling students to achieve their academic potential and aspirations.
Teachers and teaching staff monitor their blood pressure inside the new clinic
With 158 schools and over 436,000 students in public schools, along with 16,000 teachers, Dr. Sedilla shed light on the critical need for school-based health services. Its value is further highlighted as the country recorded increased cases of hand, foot, and mouth diseases (HFMD) among young students, along with the prevalence of other illnesses.
With the development, the DepEd NCR is hopeful that they will become better equipped to provide extensive medical services to promote the positive impact of health on academic performance.
A dentist performs a tooth extraction inside the newly renovated medical and dental clinic at the Quezon City Schools Division Office (QC-SDO)
Meanwhile, Dr. Gepanayao said that the close relationship between the SM group and the SDO, facilitated by the proximity of their locations, has played a pivotal role in this collaboration.
"A healthy student is a happy student," Dr. Gepanayao also said, optimistic that the clinic will also help make wellness an integral part of daily life and serve as a hub for community building, fostering connections among teachers, students, and their families, and strengthening the educational community as a whole.