Cebu City, Philippines—Chong Hua Hospital continues its charity program with its 9th annual surgical mission.
The surgical mission was launched last April 6, 2019 as part of the hospital’s corporate goal to give back to the community.
According to Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Helen Po, Chong Hua Hospital shells out P30 million to P50 million a year in collaboration with Unique Charitable Association Inc. to offer free surgery to those who are financially challenged.
From evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, to post-operation medicines, Chong Hua will cover all expenses needed for those qualified.
“The hospital is a non-stock, non-profit institution, so there’s no shareholder. Whatever profit it earns, it is plowed back to the hospital and it spares a certain budget for community work, which is primarily medical in nature because it is a hospital,” Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Alfredo Go said.
For this year’s surgical mission, more than 60 volunteers and 30 doctors lent a helping hand to make this charity project possible.
A screening that prioritised general and orthopaedic surgeries was held last April 6 for pre-registered and walk-in patients, which will determine those who will be be scheduled for their designated surgical operations this month.
For gynecological surgery, a screening is set on April 29.
According to Dr. Joanne Cosin, Senior Vice President for Clinical Operations, they were only eyeing for 200 patients but it has continued to grow and surpassed its target due to the influx of walk-in patients.