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Thursday, February 10, 2022

UP-PGH Continues Its Mission To Provide The Best Healthcare For Filipinos

Covid-19 has drastically affected not only our lives but we also witnessed how important it is to have a healthcare institution that will help Filipinos combat the health crisis brought about by the pandemic. 

The University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) was among the healthcare institutions that remained unfazed amid the overwhelming impacts of the pandemic. They braved the challenges to fulfill their unbreakable commitment to deliver the best health care services to indigent Filipinos all over the country. 

"With the announcement of the lockdown due to the COVID pandemic, the outpatient department of PGH had to close. Unfortunately, that meant 500,000 patients will not have access to our outpatient clinics. And for people who can only afford to go to PGH, that was a huge problem," said UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla. 

PGH has been designated as a COVID-19 referral hospital and with that, it experienced an increase in the number of patient admissions. 

Through their partnership with PLDT Enterprise, PGH immediately deployed a hotline system to communicate efficiently to the public and attend to their immediate health care needs. 

"We had to react and come up with a solution immediately and we were very fortunate that we were able to partner with PLDT Enterprise to come up with a hotline for our patients. Through their assistance, we had the opportunity of having a health care hotline system so that we can connect with out patients. That was the beginning of hotline number 155-200," shared Padilla. 

They were also able to expand their healthcare hotline services from an avenue to respond to queries and donations to a helpline for assisting outpatients who need to book a consultation. 

"Before, a patient who wanted to consult at PGH will have to do face-to-face scheduling. Through the hotline #155-200, they can do an online consultation, request an appointment with one of the clinics at PGH," added Padilla.

To this end, PLDT Enterprise has been enabling organizations all over the country including hospitals and healthcare companies through products and solutions suited to empower their business operations despite the challenges of the next normal. 

"We at PLDT Enterprise recognize our role as a trusted partner to organizations seeking to further improve their operations and address the changing needs of their communities. As a transformation enabler to UP-PGH, we will continue to empower them with innovative digital solutions, enhancing the delivery of quality healthcare to the patients they serve," said Jojo Gendrano, FVP & Head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise. 

Recently, PLDT Enterprise introduced its Unbreakable Commitment campaign to exhibit how partnerships have supported companies to succeed despite difficulties and in turn, contributed to the lives of Filipinos. 

Likewise, the campaign cements PLDT Enterprise's unbreakable commitment to enabling organizations through curated digital solutions suited to support their data and operations. 

"With this COVID war, the limits of our commitment have been tested. But I believe that nothing is impossible when you have partnerships in place. We have many volunteers at the call center and we had the PLDT Enterprise as our partner," continued Padilla. "We have been relying on PLDT Enterprise's commitment, expertise, and technical support in continuing our hotline services which have been integrated into the day-to-day services of the hospital. Hopefully, with the expansion of the hotline services, we will be able to serve the original 58,000 patients a month of PGH. As we transform and upgrade our hotline services, we envision PLDT Enterprise to be a partner in this journey."

As the country strives to achieve herd immunity, the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital will remain steadfast in fulfilling its commitment of serving the healthcare needs of Filipinos. Through the support of nurses, doctors, medical staff and volunteers, the institution will accomplish its mission of combatting these invisible enemies. 

"PGH is always committed to serving the people and this pandemic tested the limits of our commitment but nothing is impossible if you have people helping each other," concluded Padilla.


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