“It is very clear that your mission is not to glorify yourselves but to glorify God through the Christian Ministry of Healing,” – Dr. Earl Jude Paul L. Cleope, Vice President for Academic Affairs of Silliman University, said during his message.

The SUMC Foundation, Inc. (SUMCFI) celebrated another year of service to the community as it marked the 19th year anniversary of the establishment of the foundation with the theme: “Panaghiusa sa Atong Kawsa”. In line with this celebration, the Hospital had a morning worship service at the Rev. Dr. Edmundo A. Pantejo Garden Chapel on November 16, 2018. This was followed by the blessing of some new and upgraded services and equipment. A communal game called “Panaghiusa Fun Games” was held on November 17, 2018 at the SU Ball Field as a culminating activity.

During the worship service, 19 candles were lit to represent the 19 bountiful years of service of SUMCFI. In November 1999, the Silliman University Board of Trustees decided to spin-off the hospital as a separate entity and formed the SUMCFI to give it more autonomy and flexibility in running the affairs of the Hospital.

Dr. Earl Jude Paul L. Cleope, Vice President for Academic Affairs of Silliman University, delivered the message during the worhip service. Interestingly, he shared that the present location of the Hospital’s main building used to be the SU Divinity Housing area. This was swapped by the University for the property now occupied by the SU Divinity Housing Village. His message reflected on the story of the Tower of Babel and put in context SUMCFI’s “Kawsa” as it serves one of Silliman University’s trilogical mission of preaching, teaching, and healing. He pointed out that it is explicit in the SUMCFI’s mission statement that the Hospital’s cause is to really care for people to glorify God and not ourselves.

A blessing and dedication of new facilities, upgraded services, and equipment of the Hospital immediately followed the worship service.

Among those that were blessed was the new, state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system. As explained by Dr. Joie M. Gaytano, Radiologist/Sonologist of the Department of Radiology, the MRI is a noninvasive diagnostic test that provides exquisite images with excellent contrast detail of soft tissues and anatomic structures.

In the next room was the new Digital Radiography system and Computed Radiography Scanner. Dr. Allen A. Magtoto, also a Radiologist/Sonologist of the Department, mentioned that the system delivers X-ray images with higher resolution and faster processing times leading to better, interpretation and timely releasing of results, thereby assisting the doctors to better arrive at a proper diagnosis to help our patients.

The Spirometry test at the new Respiratory Center is a simple test that will help physicians confirm if the patient has an obstructive or restrictive lung disease. This was according to Dr. Bobbin Sy, a pulmonogist and chairperson of the Center. He further said that it will determine if the treatment will show any significant improvement. The Aerosol therapy, used to treat a variety of breathing conditions, will provide treatment to patients with obstructive lung diseases like asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD).

Beside the Respiratory Center is the Home Health Center which is being set-up for another service that the Hospital will provide. This Center will soon make available the services of skilled healthcare providers to patients in their homes under the direction of a physician. Services would include nursing care, physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy, and medical social services. This care setting is unique not only because the care is provided in the home, but the care itself is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care given in a hospital or skilled nursing facility, said Ms. May Ann Dredjessah Q. Venida, nursing department head of the Out-patient and Special Care Units.

The last facility that had a blessing and dedication ceremony was the Hearing Center. As stated by the Clinical Audiologist, Ms. Carlyn June L. Gubantes, the Center is a true partnership between Bear Much Fruit Ministries, Inc., SUMCFI, and some professionals and individuals who have worked together to successfully operate the Center. The motivation to establish this Center came from a genuine desire of all involved to serve the people of Negros Oriental and its neighboring provinces, especially those people who have difficulty having the needed hearing evaluation and rehabilitation.

The whole celebration ended with communal games. This was considered a historic milestone for SUMCFI as it was the first of its kind being held for the Hospital’s employees. More than three hundred (300) employees actively participated in the said games. Many found it a very enjoyable experience so much so that there is a great likelihood that it will become an annual program and become a tradition.