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Sa Bacolod ito! Queen of Mercy hospital gets Philhealth accreditation

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Bacolod City-based members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) can now have another hospital to go to, after it recently received the agency’s accreditation.

The Queen of Mercy Hospital, formerly the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Hospital, received its accreditation last Feb. 26, head Dr. Wilson Tulmo said.

According to Tulmo, they applied for accreditation right after the hospital started operations last Jan. 21. A team from PhilHealth inspected the hospital last Feb. 12.

He pointed out the Queen of Mercy Hospital “is an entirely new hospital and it has nothing to do with the previous administration.”

“It is a different entity, we started from scratch,” he added. “We just have an old building.”

Tulmo said they processed everything for the operation of the hospital, from the Mayor’s Permit to other requirements.

Before this, the old Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Hospital, which was under a previous management team, was shut down in 2018 due to PhilHealth accreditation issues.

Presently, Tulmo said the new hospital has a 70- to 80-percent occupancy rate.

“Hopefully with the PhilHealth issue being settled, the census would go up. Actually from Day 1, we already afforded the patients their PhilHealth benefits, we are treating them as if we are PhilHealth accredited, that means all the PhilHealth benefits were given to the patients,” he said.

He also said the hospital now has its share of measles patients, surgeries, pneumonia and stroke.