Six Philippine hospitals gained recognition and received awards from the international organizations World Stroke Organization (WSO) and the Accreditation Canada International (ACI), according to the Department of Health (DOH).
World Stroke Organization
The WSO is the only global organization focused on leading the fight against stroke. The organization does this by raising awareness, researching, educating, and supporting people with stroke through their SSOs.
Since its establishment in 2006, the WSO has closely collaborated with WHO, UN ECOSOC, and partnered with well-known pharmaceutical companies in their efforts to prevent stroke. It also gives gold, platinum, and diamond Angel Awards to hospitals which “demonstrated clear commitment to quality stroke care and have established cultures and systems to support continuous improvement.”
In the past month, the WSO granted the Angel Award Diamond Status, its highest award, to Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City and the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Medical Center in Tagbiliran City, Bohol.
WSO also awarded the Angel Award Gold Status to three more hospitals in the country. These are the Northern Mindanao Medical Center in Cagayan de Oro City, Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City, and Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila City.
Accreditation Canada International
The ACI is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that assesses hospitals across the world to improve outcomes based on global standards. ACI, together with its affiliate Health Standards Organization (HSO). Together, they inspire people to make positive changes that will improve the quality of healthcare and social services not just in Canada, but around the world.
For 60 years, Accreditation Canada has been working with over 900 expert peer surveyors with extensive experience in health and social services to advance the quality and safety of health and social institutions. They base their evaluations of hospitals and other health and social facilities based on quality, safety, risk management, and ethics of medical support services.
This international organization recognized and awarded the Diamond Level status to the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City for the third time. The hospital was awarded for its “exemplary performance in terms of providing quality medical services.”
DOH Officer-in-charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire was pleased with the awards. She stated, “Our healthcare institutions do not simply serve our kababayans, They do so with world-class services and top-notch care and dedication. It makes the realization of the Universal Health Care Act for every Juan and Juana more evident.”
She also added, “This further proves the commitment of the Department, together with its partner hospitals to providing quality healthcare service to the Filipino people. We thank each one of our homegrown institutions and healthcare workers for their exemplary delivery of service and cacre.”
This recognition and awarding of our hospitals signify that despite many setbacks from the pandemic, economic woes, and etc, our health professionals still strive to give the Filipinos the best services they can provide.