BACOLOD, Philippines -  Behind a ninety year old facade, a modern hospital awaits to serve patients of the newly formed Negros Island Region.  The Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH), formerly called the Occidental Negros Provincial Hospital (ONPH), is one of the oldest operational hospitals in the country.  Founded on March 24, 1926 with a 25-bed capacity, it is located at Lacson-Burgos Streets, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines.

Being a structure more than fifty years old, the CLMMRH is not only a hospital but a national heritage site.  On May 30, 2012, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines installed the historical marker at the CLMMRH Heritage Building, declaring it as a building of cultural heritage because of its strong American architecture.

Today, the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod City can now cater to more patients, as it opened on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the West Tower Building, a health infrastructure with facilities amounting to more than P1 billion.

With this development, the CLMMRH, the only hospital in Negros Island Region run by the Department of Health, is positioned to improve the quality of health services and provide higher tertiary care to its clients.

Dr. Julius Drilon, medical center chief, who led the blessing and inauguration rites of the building last April 13, said the opening of the newest facility marks another step for the regional hospital in bringing a higher level of patient care.

Drilon said the new facilities enable CLMMRH, an International Standardization Organization (ISO)-certified government-run hospital, to provide compassionate health services that are accessible and world-class, yet affordable.

The facility is open to patients of all economic status for direct admissions, he said.

Drilon added that indigents can still avail of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. program and the hospital’s no-billing policy.

The P436-million six-storey West Tower Building, with a floor area of 5,460 square meters, can accommodate additional 163 in-patient beds.

The infrastructure is coupled with P572 million worth of state-of-the-art medical and non-medical equipment, including high definition endoscopy system, mobile X-ray, mammography system, pneumatic tube, ultrasound machine, patient monitors with central station and accessories, anesthesia machine ventilators, and operating tables with room lights, monitors, and video management system, among others.

The hospital will also start its kidney transplant services by mid 2016.

Undoubtedly, the CLMMRH is the most modern and well equipped Regional Hospital in the country today.

*video by Square Productions

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