The University of Santo Tomas Hospital (USTH) received the “Corporate Social Responsibility of the Year – Philippines” award for its Outreach and Indigency Program from HealthcareAsia in an awarding ceremony held on May 23, 2019 at the Conrad Centennial in Singapore.
USTH was represented at the awards ceremony by USTH Chief Executive Officer Rev. Fr. Manuel F. Roux, O.P., Director for Finance and Administration Assoc. Prof. Isidora Lee, and hospital department heads.
According to the HealthcareAsia website, the Awards Night “aims to honor hospitals and clinics that rise above industry challenges and recognise initiatives that maximised the lucrative opportunities in the healthcare market.”
The winning program, which was launched in December 2017, enabled the UST Hospital to expand its services to people who cannot afford medical care by providing free healthcare procedures.
Part of the Outreach and Indigence Program are the following projects: Child Wellness Awareness Project, which offers medical, nutritional, physical, and spiritual support to children; the Adult Wellness Project, which provides free medical consultation and diagnostic services; Basic Life Training Management, which educates communities on the proper recognition and assessment of cardiac arrest and proper cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); Gynecologic Surgical Mission, which provides gynecologic care for women; and the Heart Mission which provides indigent patients invasive cardiovascular procedures such as coronary angiography, percutaneous coronary intervention, pacemaker and defibrillator implantation, and many more.
According to Fr. Roux, “We would like to share this model to our community to inspire them to do the same, so that together, we can change the world of more of our less fortunate brothers and sisters.”
More than 200 nominations were received, and around 40 hospitals from all over Asia received the awards for 18 different categories during the special gathering, according to Healthcare Asia Magazine. Eight Philippine hospitals, Including USTH, were recognized.
Aside from the University of Santo Tomas Hospital, the awarding ceremony was attended by representatives from The Medical City – Clark, Femto Research Group Co., Ltd., Fullerton Healthcare Group, Bangkok Hospital, Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital, Omni Hospitals, Pun Hlaing Siloam Hospitals, St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City and Quezon City, Thonburi Healthcare Group, Union Hospital, and other hospitals in Asia.
The Panel of Judges was composed of: Ernst & Young Life Sciences & Healthcare Lead Partner Abhay Bangi; Deloitte Healthcare Sector Leader and Executive Director Dr. Loke Wai Chiong; PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) South East Asia Consulting Health Industries Leader and Director Dr. Zubin Daruwalla; Nexia TS Advisory Leader Chin Chee Choon; and Binder Dijker Otte (BDO), LLP Risk Advisory Services Partner Willy Leow.
The UST Hospital has over 20 accredited Residency Training Programs and 33 accredited Fellowship Subspecialty Programs. It provides level 3 tertiary care, meaning it offers advanced specialized health care, such as neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, and other complex medical interventions.
Having first opened its doors in 1945 with the start of the Clinical Division, the 73 year-old hospital is used for training by the students of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, the oldest medical school in the Philippines. It has produced the likes of the current Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and Belo Medical Group Director Dr. Vicky Belo, among others.
It also houses the world-class Benavides Cancer Institute, which treats approximately 3,000 new patients annually.
The Clinical Division likewise maintains the Ambulatory Care Services (ACS) department, a multispecialty outpatient unit that serves approximately 500 patients daily, and provides quality healthcare services and minor ambulatory surgical procedures and interventions.
Through its seven decades of service, the USTH has had a long history of charitable work, administering quality healthcare to the sick and underprivileged.