By FRED GABOT
AGANA, Guam - One of the Philippines’ biggest and modern hospitals, the Medical City based in Pasig City, is building $175 million hospital in Guam.
Former health secretary Alfredo Bengzon, president and CEO of 40-year-old Medical City, announced the plan during the Global Summit on Filipino Diaspora held at the Philippine International Convention Center.
Bengzon told the Philippines Today that the Guam Medical City will be the first private hospital in the United States territory.
Bengzon said construction of the imposing 130-bed Medical City building in Guam started immediately after the groundbreaking last November 11.
Bengzon said the project is in keeping with the hospital’s program on medical tourism. He said the hospital has modern facilities and medical specialists to attend to foreigners, including Filipino Americans from the US mainland and Canada.
He said groups are working out that the medical benefits enjoyed by Filipinos in US and Canada can be enjoyed through the Medical City in Guam and the Philippines.
This developed as the Medical City, already a network of clinics and a tertiary hospitals, is planning to expand in Southern Luzon and Visayas.
Bengzon said the group is already scouting areas where it will put up new hospitals.
The Medical City already is rushing the construction of its 120-bed tertiary hospital complex at the Global Gateway Logistics City beside the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport at the Clark Freepor. The hospital is expected to be fully operational by 2013.
Already, the Medical City, which is owned and managed by Professional Services, Inc., has purchased the Global Medical Network, allowing it to assume the management and operation of Great Saviour International Hospital in Iloilo and Mercedes Medical Center in Pampanga, including a network of outpatient clinics namely Evacare Medical Clinic in Dagupan, Far East Health Service Olongapo and Fleet Health Medical Clinic in Cavite.