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Humbled and Grateful at 20: Asian Hospital and Medical Center: The best just got better

Asian Hospital and Medical Center

DURING the yearly Kick-off Activity back in January 2022, Asian Hospital and Medical Center President and CEO President Andres M. Licaros Jr. said the hospital would be focusing on its digital transformation as part of the institution’s continued growth and sustainability.

Licaros stressed that while digital transformation would be the hospital’s core strategy, Asian Hospital will remain focused “on making every patient feel better as we make them well.”

“This has been the hallmark of our service and this year will be no different,” he said.

With “Humbled and Grateful at 20” as their anniversary theme, Asian Hospital is indeed humbled and grateful as it has received several awards and recognitions which they have dedicated to their patients.

“We will continue to provide quality and safe patient care, and this is a promise that every patient who comes to Asian can expect,” he said.

Asian Hospital going four the gold
THE Asian Hospital Team headed by Asian Hospital Director for Quality, Dr. Ana Maria Y. Jimenez (4th from left) accepted the Gold Award at the Hospital Management Asia Awards Night 2022 held in Bangkok, Thailand.

JCI accreditation

ASIAN Hospital’s biggest achievement this year is that it received its 4th Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission International (JCI). The hospital was first accredited in 2013 and then subsequently in 2016 and 2019.

An independent, not-for-profit organization, JCI accredits and certifies health-care organizations and programs across the globe. JCI accreditation and certification is recognized as a global leader for health-care, quality of care and patient safety.

Accreditation means that Asian Hospital is one of the most advanced health-care institutions in the Philippines dedicated to providing value health-care for patients and their families.

“We were prepared, and we left no stone unturned for the weeklong reaccreditation process which was done online. This would not have been possible without the cooperation, enthusiasm, and commitment of every member of the Asian Hospital community, both doctors and staff,” Licaros said.

The Asian Hospital Human Resources Team received Gold and Silver awards at the HR Excellence Awards Night held at Hilton Hotel Manila.

Hospital Management Award

ANOTHER feather that was added to Asian Hospital’s cap was the Hospital Management Asia (HMA) Gold Award in the Clinical Effectiveness Improvement Category for the project titled “Evolving Clinical Pathway for Adult Covid-19 Patients.”

HMA helps hospital owners, C-level executives, directors, clinicians, and health-care leaders improve outcomes and become increasingly efficient.

At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic back in 2020, Asian Hospital struggled to manage Covid-19 patients because of the lack of evidence and either inclusive or conflicting interventions. As time went by, the hospital saw “an avenue to stick to what was more conclusive, adapt and learn from emerging evidence.” This, in turn, opened a chance to contribute on the growing body of knowledge.

Asian Hospital’s Pathway Team, Guidelines and Pathway Committee used evidence and developed the Adult Clinical Pathway that continuously improved as new data arose. This new data helped standardize and improve the treatment process and outcomes. Reliable guidelines were reviewed and allowed for the pathway’s evolution.

The Asian Hospital Maternal and Child Team with Department of Health representatives at the Mother-Baby Friendly Hospital Re-Accreditation ceremony.

The application of the evolving pathway has helped Asian Hospital evaluate and manage patients. It improved clinical outcomes with higher survival rates and shorter length of stay.

“With a strong culture of safety and collaborative care, we are constantly working to give best outcomes in our firm promise to give quality and safe care,” Asian Hospital said in the video it submitted to the HMA.

Mother-Baby Friendly Hospital

THE Department of Health re-accredited Asian Hospital as a Mother-Bay Friendly Hospital. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization launched the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to encourage health facilities worldwide to better support breastfeeding.

The initiative developed the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding to promote optimal clinical care for new mothers and their infants. There is substantial evidence to indicate that the implementation of the Ten Steps significantly improved breastfeeding rates.

Some of the benefits of choosing a mother-baby friendly hospital include mother-baby bonding begins immediately after birth; breastfeeding is supported, not forced; mothers and babies receive greater care consistency, and the rooming-in policy gets families off to a stronger start.

HR Excellence Awards

THE latest accolades that Asian Hospital received were from the HR Excellence Awards Philippines where it bagged a Gold Award for the Workplace Wellbeing Category and a Silver Award for the Business Transformation Category.

The Human Resource Excellence Awards (HREA) is an end-to-end awards program designed to reward and celebrate outstanding work from HR teams, with diverse categories designed to cater to HR’s entire suite of skills and responsibilities.

HREA’s rich history began 10 years ago in Singapore for the Singapore market. Later the program was expanded to Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, and now the Philippines.

The HREA had 30 categories for entry, covering the entire HR spectrum. Entrants competed for gold, silver, and bronze awards in all categories. The entries were judged by the most eminent senior HR experts and thought leaders.

“We are humbled and grateful for all the awards and accolades we have received this year. We offer all our success to our patients who have contributed to where we are right now. Asian Hospital would not be able to achieve all these if it were not for your trust,” Licaros said.

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