SM Foundation turns over 160th Wellness Center in Butuan

SM Foundation turns over 160th Wellness Center in Butuan
December 04, 2019

SMFI Health and Wellness Executive Director Connie Angeles (center) with SM VP for Operations Oliver Tiu (left), turning over the 160th health and wellness center to Mayor Ronnie Lagnada of Butuan City (right).

Committed to upgrade health facilities in its host communities, SM Foundation turned over its 160th Wellness Center to the Butuan Medical Center (BMC) on November 26 in Butuan City.

The renovation of the Butuan Medical Center was launched as part of SM Foundation’s efforts to promote health and wellness which is not only aligned with the government’s Universal Health Care program–guaranteeing equitable access to quality and affordable health care services to all–but also with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable development goals.

Part of the renovation are the upgraded Pediatric and Geriatric Ward, reception area, nurses’ station, lounge, and new play area for children and comfort stations for the elderly. SM Foundation also provided the BMC with the necessary appliances, furniture, and medical equipment.

A family waiting for their turn for consultation at the newly renovated Butuan Medical Center.


SMFI Executive Director Connie Angeles in the Pediatric ward with a child patient.

For convenience and easy identification of rooms and hospital services, color and number coded signages and directory were put in place. And to make the patients and visitors comfortable, SMFI installed air-conditioning units for each rooms in the health facility.

Through this effort, the BMC will now be able to practice the patient focused-centered care, a holistic health care approach that is respectful of, and responsive to the patient’s preferences, needs and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions. Specifically, the healthcare approach intends to respect the patients’ values; preferences and expressed needs; coordination and integration of care; information and education; physical comfort; emotional support and easement of fear and anxiety; and engagement of family and friends.

The Butuan Medical Center traces its roots to the City General Hospital that started operations in 1968 as a 25-bed capacity health facility. Over the years, it has undergone renovations and has been transferred to different locations and on December 8, 2001 to its present site. Its name was changed to Butuan Medical Center by virtue of a resolution passed by the Sanggunian Panlunsod.

The Butuan Medical Center is a 100 bed capacity – Level 2 LGU-owned hospital serving residents of the provinces of Surigao del Norte & Sur, Agusan del Norte & Sur, and Dinagat Island.