SM Foundation revitalizes Airforce Hospital, Baguio health center
The SM Foundation has completed the rehabilitation of two healthcare facilities in Luzon before the end of 2023.
The Lucban Health Center in Baguio and the Air Force City Hospital in Clark City, Pampanga, received upgrades as part of the SM Foundation's commitment to improving healthcare in the Philippines.
Rehabilitation of Baguio’s Health Center
Patients comfortable wait inside the newly rehabilitated Lucban Health Center
At Lucban Health Center, the rehabilitation efforts focused on creating modern, patient-centric facilities that comply with the Department of Health's (DOH) guidelines. The revamped health centers feature new facilities and improved layout to create designated spaces for different services. This includes rainwater catchment facility, consultation rooms, triage areas, dental rooms, health worker offices, storage facilities, and breast-feeding areas, and vaccination rooms.
Putting emphasis on accessibility and inclusivity, the SM group’s foundation installed a mobile play cabinet for children. It is now PWD-friendly, with wider doorways, ramps, and accessible restrooms.
The SM Foundation has also taken steps to create a more welcoming and comfortable environment for patients. The lobby areas have been redesigned with comfortable seating, colorful accents, and friendly staff. This helps to reduce anxiety and make patients feel more at ease during their visits.
A patient receives free dental check up inside the new dental room of the Lucban Health Center.
Baguio Health Services Office deputy chief Dr. Maria Lourdes Pakoy and Mayor Benjamin Magalong with SM Foundation’s Connie Angeles and Carmen Linda Atayde, executive directors for health and education programs, respectively, visit the rainwater harvesting system installed by the foundation.
Refurbishing Airforce City Hospital
The SM group has also completed the renovation of the Air Force City Hospital (AFCH) in Clark City, Pampanga. The first phase of the project, which began in 2022, included the upgrade ofthe hospital's outpatient department, lounge/receiving area, administrative area, emergency room, and radiology department.
Airforce personnel at the newly refreshed lobby of the Airforce City Hospital in Clark, Pampanga
The renovations were designed to improve the patient experience and enhance the accessibility of the hospital. The new facilities feature a more modern design and layout, with designated spaces for different services, comfortable waiting areas, and PWD-friendly restrooms. The radiology department has also been equipped with new X-ray and ultrasound machines.
Airforce, led by BGen Pablo Rustria Jr, PAF and Air Force City Hospital (AFCH) Commanding Officer LtC Darwin Farnacio, with the SM group led by Angeles during the turnover of AFCH
The Lucban Health Center and the Air Force City Hospital are the 201st and 202nd health facility that the Foundation has rehabilitated since its health and medical programs’ inception.