January 22, 2024 | 3:20 PM

The Department of Health (DOH), through its Regional
Cardiovascular Center Program, and the Philippine Heart Center (PHC),
conducted its milestone 3rd Cardiovascular Mission. It is a first of
its kind, with simultaneous heart procedures: three (3) open heart
surgeries, pediatric interventions, and device closures were done at
the Cotabato Regional Medical Center (CRMC) from January 14-20, 2024.

Specialists of CRMC, PHC, Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC),
and Amai Pakpak Medical Center joined hands to provide corrective open
heart surgeries to Filipino patients. This also marked the 42nd Heart
Mission conducted in 16 Regional Heart Centers in 13 of 17 regions in
the country since 2012.

The DOH aims to build more health infrastructure with equipment this
2024, as it aims to institutionalize regional heart centers in all
regions of the country. Currently, there are 3 regions with more than
one established or developing heart center, namely, centers in Legazpi
and Naga in the Bicol Region, centers in Iloilo and Bacolod in Western
Visayas, and centers in Cagayan de Oro and Marawi in Northern
Mindanao.

“The Philippine Heart Center places the ‘heart’ in healthcare. It has
facilitated generous donations from philanthropic organizations and
individuals. The DOH is always ready to support and assist the
hospitals to be sustainable. We would like the Regional Heart Centers
to be independent from PHC, towards the betterment of our service
delivery to every Filipino.” said Health Secretary Teodoro J. Herbosa.