News and Updates

The long wait is over…

by: Sr. Marvelyn Aquino, SPC

The long wait is over for the people of Panay. St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo is now opening its Cancer Center! This is the first Cancer Facility that would cater to cancer patients not only in Iloilo but in the whole of Panay islands. Patients will no longer experience the burden of travelling miles away from home to seek treatment in Manila or Cebu.

At this present age where the big “C” malady seems to be an ordinary disease, people from all walks of life seek medical treatment that dwindle financial expenditures. Patients stricken with cancer hope for treatment where family members are around, where they can draw psychological, emotional and spiritual support.

The SPH Cancer Center has its groundbreaking in November 15, 2014 and reached its completion within two years time. The cancer center is a four – story building located at the Old Mere Monique Home adjacent to the SPICE building. The gigantic structure was planned carefully to facilitate the flow of operation in a smooth manner. The ground floor accommodates all service areas that include units such as tomotherapy, chemotherapy, brachytherapy, CT scanning and treatment planning and consultation rooms. The cancer center features the Tomotherapy HD system and brachytherapy which are both the state of the art radiation technology in Cancer treatment today. The lobby is designed in a magnificent yet friendly appearance that creates a homey atmosphere for patients. The second floor is basically composed of rooms for patient conferences and meetings of doctors and staff, and offices for the different medical departments. The third floor is designed for transient rooms to accommodate patients and their relatives who travel miles from home for their treatment sessions. The fourth floor is reserved for future service units.

The Cancer institute is SPHI’s response to the long plea of doctors and patients in Iloilo, which is to have a Cancer facility within the region.

In retrospect, it was in 1997 when Dr. Amado Lavalle presented to Sr. Norma Patricia Manzano, SPC the Administrator then the plan to start a cancer institute. Although preliminary negotiations were done with manufacturers, investors and staff, this did not materialize due to pending projects of the hospital. It was Sr. Rosamond Marie Abadesco, SPC who considered this dream and saw its necessity. The vision to provide hope for cancer patients in the region, giving them accessibility to the best medical treatment that they deserve was made possible through the support and encouragement of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, the Medical Staff and the hospital employees.

“Finally, we have it here”, a doctor exclaimed. The Cancer Center is staffed with highly competent Radio-Oncologists, headed by Dr. Michael Martin Malabanan, Medical Physicist, Radiation Technologists, Nurses and Medical Practitioners from different sub-specialties to provide collegial stewardship of the service.

This is a fulfillment of the dream not only of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres and of our internal stakeholders- the Medical staff who shall be at the forefront in the utilization of the facility, and the hospital employees, but also of the greater community especially of the cancer patients and their families who will benefit in the availability of this technology.

The St. Paul’s Hospital Cancer Center will have its blessing and opening on the October 19, 2016; another milestone as St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo celebrates its 105th Foundation Anniversary.


SPHI Launched Z-Ben for Kidney Transplantation

Continuing its effort of providing access to state-of-the-art medical facilities to the residents of Western Visayas, especially those suffering from renal failure, St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo, Inc stood proud to be the first private hospital in the country contracted for Kidney Transplantation package by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.

St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo, Inc. launched the Z-Benefit for Kidney Transplantation last January 22, 2016 at Mere Marie Anne de Tilly Conference Hall. This significant event was attended by the PhilHealth executives and staff, Iloilo City officials, Medical staff and SPHI personnel who were warmly welcomed by  Sr.Rosamond Marie Abadesco, SPC, Hospital Administrator and Dr. Helen Caro-Pastolero, Head of the SPHI Kidney Center.

Under the Type Z benefit, PhilHealth provides benefit packages for illnesses that are perceived to be medically and financially catastrophic that further pushes patients into prolonged hospitalization and very expensive medical treatment.

The kidney transplantation package  of P600,000 being paid for by PhilHealth is the Highest Case Type Z benefit Package which covers the total cost of treatment including drugs  and medicines, operating room and professional fees for the entire course of treatment, including mandatory and other health services.

To avail of the package, Philhealth member and his dependent should pass the selections criteria and should be pre-authorized by the contracted facility before the service scan be provided.

Since 2008, St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo, Inc has been caring for patients with end-stage renal disease (ERSD) and has continued to do high number of adult transplants to the residents of Western Visayas. As we embrace in our commitment to innovation, St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo will continue to serve in excellence to the Ilonggos and the people of Western Visayas ! To God be the Glory!

SPHI celebrates its 4th year

“Sinadya sa San Pablo 2015”


October was indeed a very special, fun and festive month for St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo as the medical staff and employees celebrated the 4th year of Sinadya sa San Pablo with the theme “SPHI celebrates Ilonggo’s heritage and the environment: preserving the environment and Ilonggo culture through music, arts and sports.

Some of the activities included in this event were ballgames, street dance, search for best festival costume, showdown of Ilonggo festivals, and dance sports competition. These activities were organized to provide opportunities for employees and staff to showcase their talents and competencies at the same time develop spirit of unity in diversity and sportsmanship.

In line with this year’s theme, the employees and medical staff were divided into four distinct groups which represented four Ilonggo festivals: Bayluhay by Purple Air, Dinagyang by Red Fire, Kasag by Green Earth and Pintados de Passi by Blue Water.

The celebration was commenced by a Eucharistic Celebration officiated by Msgr. Paul Solomia and followed by the street dancing of teams. Our Hospital administrator, Sr. Rosamond Abadesco, SPC and medical director, Dr. Henry Gonzales then delivered their messages to finally open the celebration.

The opening of Sinadya sa San Pablo 2015, was held last October 18, Sunday. The muses of different teams had their share of limelight by presenting their team’s festival costumes, followed by the showdown of Ilonggo festivals which awakened a fiesta spirit with the groups’ lively music and colourful costumes. The points acquired by each team we’re tallied and, from this data, Purple Air won first place in festival costume and second in showdown of Ilonggo festivals, Green Earth garnered second place in festival costume and fourth in showdown of Ilonggo festivals, Blue Water won third place in costume and showdown of Ilonggo festivals, and Red Fire won fourth place in costume and first in showdown of Ilonggo festivals.

The ballgames were played throughout the week where Purple Air won first place in Badminton. Blue water bagged the first place in Bowling, Green Earth gained first place in Basketball and Red Fire brought home the first place in Volleyball.

October 24, 2015, the last day of this celebration, started by the welcome message of our Hospital Administrator, Sr. Rosamond Abadesco, SPC. It is then followed by the individual and group performances of each team’s participants for the dance sports competition. Subsequently, Ms. Christine Losañes and Mr. Chester Alan Ricardo from Red Fire earned first place; Ms. Christine Joy Pamplona and Mr. Mark Laran from Red Fire won second place; Ms. Kathleen Quiambao and John Mar Panaguiton from Green Earth garnered third place; Ms. Mariel Magno and Mr. Jose Jerry Jamelarin Jr. from Green Earth won fourth place; Ms. Ann Marie Tanalgo and Mr. Mariano Rigidor Jr. from Purple Air earned fifth place; Ms. Roma Mabaquiao and Mr. Albert Manansala from Blue Water got sixth place; Ms. Geraldine Jett Franciliso and Mr. Romuel Silbor from Purple Air together with Ms. Kathy Taala and Mr. Francis Hatch Segovia from Blue Water earned the seventh place.

The program was concluded by the announcement and awarding of winners for the 4th Sinadya sa San Pablo wherein, Red Fire was declared as the over-all champion for this year’s Sinadya, Blue Water won first place, followed by Purple Air and Green Earth.

SPHI celebrates Grandparents Day


September is the month that we celebrate and give tribute to our grandparents. Consequently, in order to express our gratitude and compassion to our elders, St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo in partnership with Robinson’s Place Iloilo celebrated the “Grandparents Day” last September 13, 2015 at Robinson’s fountain area.

On this memorable celebration, St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo provided various free medical services to the elders as to promote our mission to serve with compassion and respect to all the senior residents across the province. These free services include Blood pressure check-up, Blood Sugar tests, Dietary counselling, Medical Consultation and Memory Screening. While, Robinson’s Place Iloilo had a chorale and folkdance contests in the afternoon, which were participated by our senior citizens in the different districts of Iloilo.

Indeed through this event St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo placed a smile on the lips of our blissful grandparents at the same time we have continue helping our society to live a healthier life.

SURVIVING NEVERLAND 2015: Third NICU Preterm Graduates Reunion


St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit affirmed the gift to care for precious little ones as we celebrate our third preterm graduates’ reunion. It is time to fly back to where they all started with faith, hope, trust and a little pixie dust. Surviving Neverland 2015 was conceptualized in the hope of seeing our tiny angels grow for the past three years as we continue to keep our NICU family budding.

Last August 22, 2015, the SPICE conference room was transformed into Neverland for our Preterm and well-baby graduates. The celebration was opened by Sr. Rosamond Marie Abadesco, hospital administrator. Dr. Joselito Caso, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics gave his testimony in behalf of the medical team. Mrs. Habacon, a parent to a premature infant, gave her message that affirmed the Paulinian brand of care that we constantly pursue. A testimony was also given by Ms. Ma. Jonna Ilanga on the challenges and gifts as a NICU staff nurse. The NICU graduates were happy as they accept their tokens and certificates with their parents.

Our annual Preterm Graduates Reunion inspires us to continue to nurture those with small hands but braver hearts to keep fighting every breath and every heartbeat. It is through God’s grace that we are able to take a leap of faith as we celebrate growing up in Christ. Through the breath of His love, we are able to link the chains that bind us together as one Neonatal ICU family. A family that grows bigger and stronger bound by great things that comes in small packages.

SPHI In-service Seminar

Psyche: Understanding You & Me


St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo is an institution that aims to provide quality healthcare service through competent medical staff and employees. Thus, it promotes continuous innovation to its employees by means of conducting seminars and trainings that will help them develop themselves and provide good service to their customers.

Last August 14 and 27, 2015, St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo held a self-enrichment seminar to its employees entitled “Psyche: Understanding You and Me” with speaker Ms. Jasmin Nuñeza RGC, M. Ed. The seminar tackles the topic about self-awareness and why is it important for us to understand ourselves.

Ms. Nuñeza introduces the Johari Window which is one of the techniques being used to understand more about one’s self and their relationship with others. There are four divisions in the Johari Window these are: Open Window or Arena (known to self, known to others) Blind Spot (not known to self, known to others) Hidden Area or Façade (not known to others, known to you) and Unknown (neither you nor others know).

Self-awareness and learning to accept our differences is very essential in order for us to establish a good relationship with others, understand how we are connected with the web of humanity and become efficient on focusing on what we still need to learn. ( Thus, this seminar enriched the knowledge of the medical staff and employees of SPHI that would be of great help for them to provide quality healthcare service as well as showing appreciation towards the value of another person.

On-the-spot Poster Making Contest in Celebration of Breastfeeding Month


August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, this celebration aims to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in the Philippines as the normal and preferred method of feeding infants and young children, with this year’s theme “Breastfeeding and work, let’s make it work”. In line with this, the SPHI Lactation Management Committee recently held an on-the-spot poster making contest to the employees and medical staff of St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo.

The contest was held last August 11, 2015 at the 3rd floor SPICE Conference Room. Thirty two aspiring artists who came from different departments of the hospital took part in the said activity. The participants were given limited time in creating and completing their art pieces. Great prices were at stake for the best poster that exhibits this year’s theme.

Mr. Ritchie Factao of the Medicals Records, entry no. 21, bagged the 1st place, Miss Ma. Criselda Cadiente of the 3rd floor Annex, entry no. 1, came in second and Miss Marijol Dureza of the Laboratory/Blood Bank, entry no. 16 at 3rd place.

This activity clearly proves that Paulinian healthcare givers are not only competent in their respective work but are also great artists in their own rights. Congratulations to the winners, participants, and committee for a job well done.



Customers are the lifeblood of this institution; they are the most important factor in our healthcare service. Thus, their need is what we aim to provide and their expectation is what we hope to exceed. As a service oriented institution, the client’s experience whether good or bad is the product of how effective and efficient we deliver their needs.

To help us draw within the staff and personnel the value we put in serving our clients, our partner, St. Luke’s Medical Center conducted a two-day seminar workshop for middle managers and staff of the different departments in client relations. These staff and personnel were taught different approaches in customer relations, effective communication within their colleagues and with the clients, work attitude and image enhancement. Miss Irene Marie Salinas-Isleta, SLMC Learning Education and Development Department Manager, and Miss Rhea Marie Romero, Corporate Learning and Education Section Trainer were the facilitators of the said activity. The two-day seminar workshop which was held last July 30 and 31, 2015 was filled with fun and learning as the participants experienced a new way of handling customer relations.

The seminar ended with positive feedback from the participants and it aims to empower the staff and personnel in their respective unit. Customer relations cannot be mastered overnight; it is a skill which requires constant learning and practice. Whether our personnel belong to the rank and file category or the top management, at SPHI, we believe that putting emphasis on how we deal with our clients is as important as providing outstanding health services. This is our way of realizing our goal that is to deliver an excellent and quality healthcare.



Now comes the month of July, the time of the year where government agencies and NGOs come together to celebrate health and wellness. SPHI is one with the nation in the observance of the Nutrition Month.

This year marks the 41st year celebration with the theme: “Timbang iwasto, sa tamang nutrisyon at ehersisyo” which emphasizes in obesity as a prevalent problem among Filipinos today. Statistics show that the rate of obesity among Filipino adults has increased. According to the 8th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), 3 out of 10 Filipino adults are obese, and with this, providing people with adequate information on how to keep an eye on their weight is important. Together with our partners, the hospital in its own effort to support this campaign conducted a two-day free dietary counselling to its clients last July 27 and 28, 2015. The dietary counselling is believed to provide clients points they need to know on how to go about a healthy lifestyle by choosing to eat the right food and exercise often.

We at SPHI stands firm in our advocacy of promoting health & wellness and the importance of living a healthy life.

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New tests at SPHI Lab

Every day, patients have their scheduled check-up on their respective doctors. A lot of laboratory tests can be requested in order to diagnose the patient’s condition. There are tests that can screen the patient on a certain disease and there are examinations that can confirm that the patients have this certain illness. Currently, St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo,Inc.  Laboratory department offers new examinations that can aid physicians in their diagnoses. First is, Procalcitonin. Procalcitonin is a biomarker that is greatly specific than other proinflammatory markers in identifying patients with sepsis and can be used in the diagnosis of bacterial infections. This biomarker can sometimes be ordered, along with other tests such as, C-reactive protein (CRP), complete blood count, blood culture to help detect or rule out sepsis. It can be requested when the patient has experienced tissue damage due to trauma or surgery, or it can be done to monitor the effectiveness of the antimicrobial treatment given to the patient. When low levels of procalcitonin are detected, it usually represents a low risk of sepsis. It can also indicate a localized infection that has not yet been systemic or a systemic infection that is less than 6 hours old. It may also suggest that the person’s symptoms are likely due to another cause, such as transplant rejection, viral infection, or trauma. High levels of procalcitonin may indicate a high probability of sepsis. It can also suggest a higher risk of progression to severe sepsis leading to septic shock.

Another test that can aid the diagnosis of patients in hs-CRP. High sensitivity CRP is a marker of chronic low grade inflammation. It is an examination currently available in the laboratory that can be helpful in determining a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes. People with higher hs-CRP values have the highest risk of such conditions mentioned above.

Quantitative microalbumin test is also available in the Laboratory department. This test can detect levels of albumin in the urine of patients. It can detect early signs of kidney damage in people who have a risk of kidney disease. This examination is recommended for people with increased risk of kidney disease such as those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus and high blood pressure.

More and more examinations are made available in order to cater the needs of the patients. As the number of tests available increases, accuracy, specificity, effectivity, and efficiency can be attained in order to aid physicians in the diagnosis of diseases. SPH Laboratory continues to aim for excellence in quality health care by bringing the up to date laboratory tests that can assist our people in the treatment and prevention of diseases.


SPHI Conducts Tree Planting and Clean-up Drive

One of SPHI’s advocacies is to care for the environment, and with this, the hospital has been vocal in promoting the preservation of mother Earth. Among the hospital efforts for the past year include proper waste segregation and disposal practice in the hospital, incorporating recycled materials for the costumes of the participants in its Mr. and Miss Sinandya pageant and using recycled hospital waste in the Belen-making contest during Christmas. This year, another effort was realized through a Tree Planting and Clean-up activity at Trapiche, Oton, Iloilo last June 20, 2015. The activity led by Sr. Rosamond Marie Abadesco, SPC, Hospital Administrator, and in partnership with the local officials and residents of Bgry. Trapiche, Oton indeed was a success. We look forward to another partnership with the community in our pursuit not only for providing a quality healthcare but also for our dream of being a protector of nature.


SPHI Celebrations of Accomplishments 2015


This year marks the 104th founding anniversary of the institution and in the past century the staff and personnel played a vital role in the institution’s success. In return for their hard work and dedication, SPHI recognized steadfast employees that has stayed in this institution and rendered years of service. Last June 26, 2015 the awardees were given due recognition for their loyalty and hard work towards realizing the mission and vision of SPHI. The Hospital Administrator, Sr. Rosamond Marie Abadesco, SPC and Medical Director, Dr. Henry Gonzales led the said undertaking which commenced with a Thanksgiving Mass followed by the awarding proper at the Hospital Chapel. To the awardees and the rest of the SPHI family, congratulations to all of us for the success we share and more dreams we want to achieve for St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo. Caritas Christi Urget Nos!

Environmental issues these days are life threatening, thus natural disasters such as flood, earthquake, drought, landslides, hurricanes, global warming, climate change etc. occur. Thus, it is of great importance for us to execute appropriate conservation and sustainable development strategies in attempt to minimize if not stop the destruction of Mother Nature. SPHI healthcare givers are not only responsible of the people entrusted to their care, but also to the environment where we all live in.

In light of this, SPHI in collaboration of the Department of Environment and Natural resources (DENR) Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), held an in-service education entitled: “GREEN: Ways to protect” last May 15, 2015 at SPICE 3rd Floor Conference Room and on June 5, 2015 at Mere Marie Anne de Tilly Conference Hall, which was attended by employees and staff of St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo, Inc.

Speakers of the said talk, Mr. Rabbie Chris H. Carvajal; EMB Information Officer and Miss Josephine J. Gallo, EMB Specialist; reminded the healthcare givers of the simple ways on how they can contribute in saving Mother Earth. These simple ways were often times ignored because of the busy lifestyle that people have nowadays. However, Mr. Carvajal emphasized that doing our little share everyday could make a big difference for now is the right time for us to start doing our share in protecting Mother Earth, God’s gift to us.

Health caregivers' role goes beyond providing patients their medical needs. Patient's safety is also at the topmost priority especially when the inevitable happens. The question is, are healthcare givers really prepared when disaster strikes? Can they protect themselves, their colleagues, and most especially the people entrusted to their care?

St. Paul's Hospital Iloilo had an answer to this by conducting last June 5, 2015 its Earthquake and Fire Simulation Drill. SPHI community led by the Hospital Administrator, Sr. Rosamond Marie Abadesco, SPC, took time to actively participate on the said undertaking. The activity served as a review among old employees and training for new ones on their capacity in responding during disasters. Joining SPHI are the evaluators from the Bureau of Fire Protection- Iloilo City Station and Iloilo City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office- ICER. The Drill was graded through a point system based on the standards of the BFP and ICER. Areas which need improvement were determined at the end of the evaluation. SPHI got an EXCELLENT rating from the BFP. A job well done to the staff and personnel. Caritas Christi Urget Nos!

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Environmental issues these days are life threatening, thus natural disasters such as flood, earthquake, drought, landslides, hurricanes, global warming, climate change etc. occur. Thus, it is of great importance for us to execute appropriate conservation and sustainable development strategies in attempt to minimize if not stop the destruction of Mother Nature. SPHI healthcare givers are not only responsible of the people entrusted to their care, but also to the environment where we all live in.

In light of this, SPHI in collaboration of the Department of Environment and Natural resources (DENR) Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), held an in-service education entitled: “GREEN: Ways to protect” last May 15, 2015 at SPICE 3rd Floor Conference Room and on June 5, 2015 at Mere Marie Anne de Tilly Conference Hall, which was attended by employees and staff of St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo, Inc.

Speakers of the said talk, Mr. Rabbie Chris H. Carvajal; EMB Information Officer and Miss Josephine J. Gallo, EMB Specialist; reminded the healthcare givers of the simple ways on how they can contribute in saving Mother Earth. These simple ways were often times ignored because of the busy lifestyle that people have nowadays. However, Mr. Carvajal emphasized that doing our little share everyday could make a big difference for now is the right time for us to start doing our share in protecting Mother Earth, God’s gift to us.

SPHI Holds Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Program Review


Disasters are inevitable and unpredictable. Our readiness when these occur is at most importance. Many lives will be saved if we are prepared and we know what to do. To build awareness among the hospital staff and personnel, the institution conducts a yearly Disaster Simulation Drill. Prior to the drill a review of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management program is initiated so that employees will be reminded and learn the important matters with regards to the do's and don'ts in rescue operation. The said activity was realized with series of lectures on April 15, 17, 22, and 30, 2015. The Hospital's Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Team holds the review to both old and new staff and personnel. Our patient is our topmost priority and so we continuously better not just our services but as well the preparedness of our staff in responding to disasters for the protection of  lives entrusted to our care. It is everybody's job to be responsible of one another.


SPHI holds 1st Research Awareness Week

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Research is important. Institutions have seen the benefit of institutionalizing research in their workplace and St. Paul's Hospital of Iloilo is among the many organizations who has started making research a norm in the workplace. It was on September 2013 that our Administrator, Sr. Rosamond Marie Abadesco, SPC saw the importance of initializing research based programs and studies, after which the Research and Development Office was established.In our practice for an excellent and innovative healthcare, it is but fitting to involve research based concepts, thus, evidence based practices are what we are aspiring to apply. However, for some of us research is a foreign concept. Not all of us have a clear understanding or at least has knowledge of research, thus, SPHI launched its 1st Research Awareness Week last April 6-8, 2015. An overview of research, Good Clinical Practices workshop, presentation of ongoing research/clinical trials of healthcare givers were part of the awareness program. Individuals who are experts in research and clinical trial were the resource speakers of the tree-day campaign. Through this, we introduce research not only to the health professionals but to our employees in the offices.

The efforts made by the Administration is dubbed as "Progress Pacing"- we are ushered into a healthcare system that composes quality, Christ-centeredness, and evidenced based. With this in mind, Research will no longer be a "feared" lingo among the employees but rather a tool to be used for the betterment of our healthcare services.

SPHI hosts the SPCHCM Strategic Planning Cascade Workshop

IMG_8332 St. Paul's Hospital of Iloilo hosted the St. Paul of Chartes Health Care Ministry (SPCHCM) Planning Cascade Workshop last February 26-28 , 2015 from 8AM-4PM held at the 3rd Floor SPICE Conference Room. The main objectives of the said workshop is to understand and align the SPC Health Care Ministry Vision, Mission , Values and Strategic directions  as well as to draw up Hospital-level Specific, Measurable, Achievable/ Accountable, Result-oriented  & Time bound (SMART) Objectives . Mr. Jose Eduardo Abadesco was the resource speaker of the said 3-day workshop. Hospital administrator, Sr. Rosamond Marie Abadesco  and SPHI participants gave a warm welcome to the delegates who came all the way from Dalaguete Cebu, Dasmarinas Cavite and General Santos City   to join the Cascade Workshop. They are from Julio Cardinal Rosales Memorial Hospital headed by Sr. Reginald Pastrana, SPC, General Santos Doctors Hospital ,  headed by Sr. Elvira Ibardolaza, SPC and St. Paul's Hospital of Cavite  led by Sr. Arcilita Sarnillo, SPC. The 3-day cascade seminar  indeed gave the participants a challenging time to brainstorm and re-evaluate the SWOT analysis, it also provided a comprehensive knowledge in aligning the Key End Results to  SPCHCM Priorities. It even tested the delegates' skills in writing, presenting and validating the SMART objectives. With the support of the hospital administrators,  the outputs of the delegates had been validated  and will be carried out in their respective hospitals.      

SPHI Celebrates its 104th Founding Anniversary



In the year 1904, a group of SPC Sisters came to Iloilo to answer their call for mission. Fast forward, St. Paul's Hospital Iloilo is now on its 104th year of healing the body and nurturing the spirit. To celebrate this milestone, the SPHI family took a break from work and had "Fun Under the Sun". The series of personnel outing kicked-off last February 15, 2015. The celebration started with a mass at the Hospital Chapel officiated by Msgr. Paul Solomia followed by the personnel outing at the beach which was attended by hospital personnel and Sisters. This is the perfect time for the SPHI family to bond and get their Rest & Relaxation after work. Fun games and feast were enjoyed by the participants. As one Paulinian community, we continue to commit ourselves to serve our brothers and sisters. It is the love of Christ that impels us!

SPHI Celebrates Heart Month

IMG_8072 IMG_8063 Cardio related diseases are among the top causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. This February we celebrate Heart Month, the worldwide campaign to raise awareness on the importance of keeping your heart healthy initiated by different health advocates around the world. St. Paul's Hospital Iloilo is one in the celebration of Heart Month. The Hospital  offers FREE Nutrition Counseling to all its  clients who will avail of  the ECG Procedure from February 16-20, 2015. We also partnered with a local TV station in Iloilo through a health discussion in one of their segment with Dr. Francis Ganzon, SPHI Cardio Consultant, as the guest specialist. FREE coupons are also given to the winners of the Q&A segment of the said local TV station. This yearly campaign targets to encourage the Ilonggos to start a healthy lifestyle and take extra care of their heart.

32nd Residency Commencement Exercises

purple_caduceus_medical_symbol_6ygt.38155352Our mission of developing competencies of healthcare professionals through continuing relevant training and research program is realized through our Residency Training Program. Medical Doctors undergoing Residency Training at St. Paul's Hospital Iloilo experience holistic practice in their field that is to heal and nurture both the mind and body; the philosophy that SPHI emphasize. With this idea, Doctors who have finished the requirements of their respective Department that is; ENT, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Ob-Gyn, Family Medicine celebrated their 32nd Commencement Exercises last January 29, 2015. The celebration started with a mass at SPHI chapel at 2PM. This was attended my the graduates and their family, Consultants, SPC Sisters, and hospital employees. The Eucharistic mass was officiated by Msgr. Paul Solomia. This was followed by the commencement exercises held at the Mere Marie Anne De Tilly Conference Room. Sr. Rosamond Marie Abadesco, SPC gave her words of wisdom and challenges all the graduates of the new undertakings they are going to face. To the Graduates, continue to be God's instrument to heal our sick brothers and sisters. Caritas Christi Urget Nos! List of Graduates: DEPARTMENT OF OB-GYNE Dr. Ma. Celeste Jimenez DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS Dr. Ma. Theda Gloria Aungon DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY MEDICINE Dr. Dell Hosillos Dr. Donna Joy Icabandi- de Juan Dr. Maria Salve Napud- Pechayco Dr. Aileen Penetrante Dr. Jesel Sugcang DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE Dr. Ehrlich Nickel Bocanggallo Dr. Halberd Obligacion Dr. Jonas Ortigas Dr. Marie Chris Amador-Pedregoza Dr. Jocelyn Navarra-Fernandez Dr. Elaine Veñegas Dr. Aura Bree Dayo DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY Dr. Bryan Evangelista DEPARTMENT OF ENT Dr. Abren Santocildes

Post-Graduate Nurses’ Training (PGNT) Batch 6 Graduation


10872946_842604479116706_3163774984941006066_oAfter three months of training, lectures, and workshop the Post-Graduate Nurses' Training (PGNT) Batch 6 is now ready to take another challenge and answer their call for mission to be of service to our sick brothers and sisters. The PGNT Program of St. Paul's Hospital Iloilo is based on Executive Order No. 897 that is allowing/permitting the recognition of registered nurses' training and practice as equivalent hospital work experience for employment purposes. This training program offered by SPHI is designed for all Registered Nurses who desire to develop their knowledge and skills as Novice nurses. It is a 90-day program which comprises of lectures, return demonstration, clinical exposure and a case / QA study. The goal of this training program is to give quality and excellent care for the patients through application and evidence - based practice. The Nursing Service spearheaded all undertaking in this program. Last January 12, 2014 a graduation ceremony for the  batch 6 was held. Sr. Henrietta Esmero, SPC, Nursing Service Director led the said activity. PGNT graduates who has shown exceptional performance  during the span of their training were also given recognition during the ceremony. Congratulations to our PGNT Batch 6! Caritas Christi Urget Nos!

SPHI Gives Love This Christmas

St. Paul's Hospital of Iloilo, Inc. in partnership with ABS-CBN Iloilo launched its Christmas Tree of Hope 2014 Fiesta sa Paskua Project last December 15, 2014. The SPC Sisters, medical staff, and hospital personnel actively participated on the said undertaking.  The project aims to help our underprivileged brothers and sisters in Iloilo City. With every star we hung on the tree,  we have given  joy and shared with them the true spirit of Christmas. In alignment with our mission and vision and as we live out our priority program, direct service to the poor, we commit ourselves in the service of the Ilonggos as our way of thanking them for all the trust and confidence they have given us for more than 100 years. Caritas Christi Urget Nos! IMG_7748IMG_7799 IMG_7809IMG_7813

SPHI Breaks New Ground for its Radiotherapy Oncologic Service Building

1599861_878242665519822_1351062128783805654_o 10688162_878245002186255_6079856894002917227_o 10532328_878248255519263_3918375822873760680_o Iloilo City- For more than a century, St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo, Inc. continues to provide quality healthcare to the people of Iloilo and Western Visayas. The newest addition to its facility is the Radiotherapy Oncologic Service that will help facilitate cancer management. This facility is believed to give better option for Ilonggos seeking for cancer treatment. In the Philippines, cancer has been one of the top causes of mortality and morbidity among Filipinos and over the years, statistics of cancer cases increase. On the other hand, thanks to the advancement of technology which gives us better and more preferences in addressing this deadly disease. Cancer affects not only the patient but the family members as well; providing the best possible care they deserve is what this service aims to offer. St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo again made history by holding its groundbreaking ceremony  to give way to its new four-storey Radiotherapy Oncologic Service Building last November 15, 2014. The state-of-the-art facility incorporates the latest technology in Radiation as a method of treating cancer. As Iloilo becomes a progressive city, so is the need to make the medical services available, advanced and reliable. This new endeavour of exploring treatment facilities specializing in cancer management can be a start towards discovering new and more specialty centers in other field of medicine. In addition, it will feature oncologists that will address the needs of patients in a comprehensive and precise manner.

The service will soon be available to the public as part of St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo’s commitment of pursuing innovative and socially responsive healthcare services. This is another milestone for St. Paul’s Hospital to be one of the pioneers in putting up a Radiotherapy and Oncologic Service for the Ilonggos and people from different places. This way we express to value life, give hope to many, and explore possibilities for St. Paul’s Hospital and Iloilo City as the future medical tourism hub in the region where it will be the home of hope, breakthrough, and survival./PR

October Rosary Culmination

mama marySt. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo takes pride of giving its patients a holistic approach to healthcare through giving our patients physical and spiritual healing. In alignment to this, we make sure to observe devotional prayers for both our clients and the hospital employees. The month of October is celebrated as the month of the Living Rosary. With this, it is our common love to Mary that we joined hands to honor her. The afternoon for the whole month is dedicated for praying the living rosary before the image of our Mother Mary as our devotion to her. The 3:30 habit is enjoined by the SPC Sisters, employees, and guests of the hospital. Last October 31, 2014 the culmination activity was held at the Hospital Chapel with the SPHI family and guests gathered as one. The glowing candles, beautiful flowers, and praises are all expressions of our love to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This living rosary is conducted during the months of May and October. In today's challenges that we face, as one nation we pray together that the Blessed Virgin Mary may guide us along the way.

SPHI Celebrates “Sinadya sa San Pablo” 2014

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Healthcare workers also had their time for sports activities and promote camaraderie through its annual celebration of "Sinadya sa San Pablo". With this year's theme: "Paulinian Healthcare Givers: Protecting Lives, Preserving the Environment", the activity kicked-off last October 19, 2014 in which the highlight of the activity is the Zumba Competition participated by the different departments grouped into four teams. Different sports were conducted and battled by the four teams. The closing program of the Sinadya was held last October 25, the activity highlighted the very much anticipated battle of brains and beauty of the Paulinian healthcare givers through its Mr. and Miss Sinadya sa San Pablo 2014. It was indeed a good venue for the employees to bond and showcase their talents and creativity, a holistic development among the SPHI employees.

Basic IV Training for Nurses

10599446_800796699964151_6945042318145857402_n Calling all NURSES interested to join our BASIC IV TRAINING on November 4-6, 2014 at the Conference Room, 3rd Floor SPICE Building. For more information please visit the Nursing Service Office, St. Paul's Hospital of Iloilo or call 337-2741 local 2133 and look for Ms. Jo Millan.  

Be a Paulinian Health Caregiver!

10694371_801174793259675_64213628426526880_o Come and Join the St. Paul Hospital Iloilo Health Care Community. We are looking forward to be working with you!    


pink ribbon 2011Breast Cancer cases in the Philippines have increased through the years and has become the most common in the country. Women in particular have high risk of acquiring the disease though cases in men have also been reported. October is considered the Breast Cancer Awareness Month thus, better known as "Pink October". St. Paul's Hospital of Iloilo, Inc. is one in the celebration of Pink October. The Hospital through its Patient Education Program with its aim to promote health awareness and consciousness and to disseminate important health information through Health Forums, conducted a talk  among the employees of  Property Company of Friends, Inc. to promote the importance of early detection and treatment of Breast Cancer. Specialists of St. Paul's Hospital Iloilo,  Dr. Ma. Socorro Martinez, Radiologist and Dr. Venerio Gasataya, Jr., Surgeon are the Resource Speakers of the said Health Forum.

SPHI Grand Awardee for its Breastfeeding Programs & Advocacy


St. Paul's Hospital Iloilo was chosen by Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) and its partner organizations (UNICEF and ILO) as the GRAND AWARDEE (Formal Workplaces/Corporations Category) for implementing a remarkable Workplace Program on the Exclusive and Continued Breastfeeding and its continuous commitment in the advocacy on Nutrition Security and Maternity Protection given last August 2014.

To God be the Glory!

SPHI PGI Physician Licensure Exam Passers


purple_caduceus_medical_symbol_6ygt.38155352St. Paul's Hospital Iloilo and the Medical Education CONGRATULATE the Post Graduate Interns Batch 2013-2014 who passed the Physician Licensure Exam last August 2014:

Carlo Antonio S. Araneta, MD Jan Carl D. Barbasan, MD Roen Chris S. Beriones, MD Eden Jay I. De Lemos, MD Wynchelle May A. Enriquez, MD Ana Katrina E. Gange, MD Arnold Paul K. Gonzales, MD Ma. Jonalyn J. Libo-on, MD Vincent M. Luceño, MD Jesilyn F. Palec, MD Joselie Mari G. Palomo, MD


SPHI celebrates Grandparents Day 2014

  Happy Grandparents Day10This month of September we are celebrating Grandparents Day. It is on this day that we give tribute to all grandparents. St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo joins the whole world in paying tribute to all elderly. Set of activities were done at the Robinsons Place Iloilo last September 14 to commemorate this day. Among the activities set were the medical mission, health talks, and talent show. Senior citizens from the different districts of Iloilo benefited on the said activity. The health talk featured two SPHI specialists, Dr. Jovie Gerona, a Rheumatologist, who discussed about Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis while Dr. Joel Advincula, a Neurologist tackled about Dementia and Memory problems. The medical services provided include BP and blood sugar check-up, dietary counseling, bone and memory screening, and medical consultation. One of the highlights of the event was the throwback talent show of the elderly wherein the elders were given the chance to showcase their talents. It was a well spent day for the elders because of the exciting and fun happenings stored for them.

Customer Service Excellence: SPHI Brand of Hospitality


Customers are the most important people in every business. Being on a highly competitive and ever evolving industry for 103 years it becomes more challenging for St. Paul’s Hospital to deal with customers and patients. With this, our efforts as service providers should move beyond simply delivering the services for the clientele. Front liners like in every business establishments play a vital role in customer service.

The management of SPHI, in order to re-orient its employees conducted a seminar on customer service last September 3-5, 2014. The seminar aims to guide the front liners on the importance and impact of excellence in customer service and to promote SPHI brand of hospitality. Mrs. Rowena D. Naldo, an expert in self-development, was the facilitator of the said seminar. During her talk, she emphasized the importance of having the right attitude. A person can never go wrong once she/he has the positive attitude in dealing with everyone most especially with clients.

What service providers give to its clients speaks about the kind of institution they are. And so here at SPHI, we give CARE to every patient we serve. CARE that is based on our core values as a Paulinian health caregiver.    

SPHI’S NICU: Bravehearts Reunion and Throwback 2014

  NICU SPHI, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) celebrated its 2nd anniversary last August 23, 2014 at the 3rd Floor SPICE Conference Room with the theme  Bravehearts Reunion and Throwback 2014: Celebrating Christ’s Gift through Reminiscing Antenatal, Neonatal and Pediatric Survival Moments”. The celebration was graced by the SPC Sisters, doctors, sponsors, parents and the proud graduates who experienced the Paulinian brand of CARE (Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence) of NICU. Two of the parents namely, Ms. Alita Dequina and Mr. Novie Guazo delivered their live testimony of their personal experience at NICU. Fun and games followed where all participants were given gift packs and prizes. The highlight of the celebration was the presentation and giving of certificate of graduation and appreciation to all the graduates. Indeed, time flies fast as we see the survivors healthy and overflowing with love and energy!

“Give Me a Break” an Update on Stress Coping Management

Stress Stress is one factor that contributes to acquiring illness which prohibits us from doing our normal task. That is why it is important that we know how to manage stress. The Nursing Service Department spearheaded an update on Stress Coping Management entitled “Give Me a Break” last July 25, 2014. The resource speaker on the update is Dr. Henrietta Española, a Psychiatrist. During the talk Dr. Española raised questions to help the individual overcome stress. Questions such as, “Who am I?”, “What do I love?”, “How shall I live knowing I will die?”, “What is my gift to the family of the earth?” Furthermore, she pointed out the main factors that contribute to cause stress. This update is conducted to help hospital staff enhance their knowledge in coping with stress  so that  they would be able to handle their task efficiently and effectively.

SPHI Celebrates Nutrition Month 2014

Screen-Shot-2013-10-07-at-9.49.19-AM-300x223 The month of July is declared as National Nutrition Month; the celebration of the importance of health and nutrition. For this year the theme is "Kalamidad paghandaan: Gutom at malnutrisyon agapan!" Good health and nutrition is something that we should all aspire to achieve no matter how busy we are. In celebration of the 40th National Nutrition Month St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo together with its partners conducted a free Dietary Counselling last July 16, 2014 and July 23, 2014 at the hospital lobby. The activity held in two different dates served the clients, personnel, and other guests. The beneficiaries were also provided free blood sugar test. The goal of this activity is to promote health and wellness among the people especially those with a busy lifestyle which has become almost impossible for many to get some exercise and eat the right food. Be on the lookout of your own health; always make the right choice with regards to your well-being.

HEARTS OF CHAMPIONS: St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo

ornap_2The Operating Room Nurses Association of the Philippines,Inc (ORNAP) National Chapter held its 40th Annual National Convention with the theme: “Teamwork and Transparency in Perioperative Nursing” last July 5 and 6, 2014 at the Manila Hotel, Manila Philippines which was delegated by 2,400 participants from all over the country. SPHI was ardently represented by Sr. Marvelyn Aquino, SPC (Regional Adviser) and 9 Operating Room Nurses including 3 ORNAP Regional officers ,Mr. Miguel Labayen RN (Board of Directors Adviser), Ms.Maria Amy Glyza Manzano RN (Regional Auditor) and Ms. Jevy Celera RN (Regional Secretary). On  April 5, 2014, St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo presented a research study hosted by ORNAP National entitled: “ The Compliance of Preoperative Visits of Operating Room Nurses of St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo” together with other research entries from final competing hospitals which were judged and paneled by representatives from the Philippine Society of Quality Assurance. St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo bagged the 1st Place in the said endeavor and on July 5, 2014 during the 40th ORNAP National Convention St. Paul's Hospital was given due recognition as the Champion for the 2nd Search for the Most Outstanding and Adaptable research in Peri-operating Nursing in the Philippines awarded by the ORNAP National President, Mrs. Flor Burgos,RN MAN together with the National Officers.

SPHI partners with University of Colorado for a Research Venture

IMG_6919 To live up to SPHI's mission, "to innovate and develop competencies of health care professionals through continuing relevant training and research  programs",  the institution partnered with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) Department of Anthropology for a research venture. The research  is entitled "Iloilo Social and Physical Well-being of Parents Study" which started last July 4, 2014 and will run until July 15. The UCCS team is headed by Prof. Michelle Escasa Dorne together with her Anthropology major students.The study commenced with a welcome program from the SPHI family headed by the Hospital Administrator, Sr. Rosamond Marie Abadesco, SPC.The respondents of the research were purposely selected parents of patients from the NICU, CADMA, and MAC Units. The research aims to  gain cross-cultural understanding on how new parents particularly mothers live with the changes of their/her daily schedules, romantic relationships, friendships and diet  to their/her new life  with her infant. SPHI’s maiden partnership with the UCCS, USA is a timely opportunity for SPHI Community to engage in its desire for research awareness and advocacy. SPHI believes that research in the healthcare is the forefront of progress, as we tread on the same path our efforts become worthwhile and relevant.

SPHI Celebration of Accomplishments 2014

IMG_0228In pursuit of delivering a quality and excellent healthcare, SPHI banks on its personnel to realize its goal. As a premier hospital in Iloilo that offers holistic healing, everyone in SPHI involved in this ministry possess in them the Paulinian values. So to give honor and acknowledgement to the staff and personnel who has rendered years of service and has delivered a Christ-centered and innovative service which is in alignment with the hospital’s mission and vision we celebrate their loyalty, selflessness, and commitment to SPHI and to the people we serve. This yearly activity is spearheaded by the Human Resource Department and this 2014 the Celebration of Accomplishments was commemorated last June 27. The SPHI staff and personnel gathered as one to celebrate this momentous event in the lives of the personnel who in one way or another contributed in the success for mission of SPHI. The program started with a mass at the Hospital Chapel officiated by Fr. Joel Eslabra and the awarding followed. Sr. Rosamond Marie Abadesco, SPC, Hospital Administrator, welcomed all who graced the program. The awards and recognitions were given to employees who have served for 10 years, 15, 20, 25, and 35 years and for other special awardees.

SPHI celebrates Kidney Month

national-kidney-monthSt. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo, known to be the city’s premier health care provider continues to offer medical attention to the sick and needy through its holistic, compassionate and innovative healthcare practice. Being the only healthcare institution accredited by the DOH to perform kidney transplant outside Metro Manila, SPHI continues to revolutionize in becoming globally competitive in Kidney health and education. As St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo joins the nation in celebrating the National Kidney Month, SPHI Kidney Center of Iloilo and Western Visayas held a seminar update on kidney health and education last June 24, 2014 at the 3rd floor SPICE Conference Room, with this year’s theme, “A Healthy Lifestyle Makes your Kidneys Smile”. Participants of the said seminar update were the health caregivers of SPHI. The organizer of the seminar aims to introduce and educate the participants of the advantages and disadvantages of the two methods of dialysis; the Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis. The complications, indications and contradictions as well as the comparisons of the dialysis methods have also been discussed. This seminar update encourages us to be conscious with our lifestyle to keep our kidney healthy so that we don’t have to undergo this kind of treatments. To reduce the risks of kidney problems we have to: cut the sodium, reduce red meat, stop soda, pass on processed foods and slow down with sugar. Lifestyle changes, modification of the ill effects of sweeping globalization, and massive community education will be needed.

Basic IV Training for Nurses

IVTSt. Paul's Hospital Iloilo in coordination with the Association of Nursing Service Administrators of the Philippines, Inc. (ANSAP) invite you to a BASIC IV TRAINING FOR NURSES this coming July 1-3, 2014 from 7 AM- 5 PM at the 3rd floor of SPICE Building. For more information you may visit the Nursing Service Department (2nd Floor, Main Bldg.) or you may call our NSO Training Office at 337-2741 loc 2133 and look for Ms. Jo Millan. God bless!

Department of Internal Medicine New Diplomates

sphi wallpaper finalSt. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo and the Department of Internal Medicine congratulate: DR. MARY GRACE VILLA-TOLEDO, DPSAAI for passing the Diplomate Oral and Written Exam of the Philippine Society of Asthma, Allergology, and Immunology and; DR. DONNA MAE INAUDITO-ILIO, DPCC for passing the Diplomate Oral and Written Exam of the Philippine College of Cardiology. To God be the glory!

SPHI and ICLAJODA Partnership

3Public Utility Jeepneys are a suitable platform in delivering public service messages given that a lot of individuals commute everyday. With this, the Marketing Department of SPHI launched last January 2014 its PSA Project in partnership with the different transport groups in Iloilo City. The project aimed to promote health and wellness as well as remind everyone of their responsibility for our country through posting of Public Service Announcement (PSA) stickers on the jeepney units. SPHI shared this advocacy last June 7, 2014 with the Iloilo City Loop Alliance of Operators and Drivers Association (ICLAJODA) as a continuation of the said project. It is on this kind of project that we are able to extensively express our advocacy and provide relevant information on important health issues that we face today.

SPHI Personnel Assn. holds “Zumba sa San Pablo”

downloadSPHI celebrates Health and Wellness through holding a “Zumba sa San Pablo” activity which kicked off last June 9, 2014. The activity was spearheaded by SPHI Personnel Association and participated by the employees. The activity is open to all who would like to join the hospital’s advocacy of promoting health and wellness. The “Zumba sa San Pablo” is held every 5:00 PM at SPHI back area. For those interested to join, there is also a rummage sale and exciting promos up for grabs! Come and join the SPHI Family in promoting Health and Wellness!

SPHI Disaster Simulation Drill 2014

download (1)Last June 6, 2014 SPHI conducted its yearly Disaster Simulation Drill which was participated by its staff, personnel and clients. The drill was then evaluated by the representatives from the Bureau of Fire Protection headed by Mr. Antonio Escubido, Jr., the Office of Civil Defense with their representative Mr. Joseph Paul Nugra, and from the Iloilo City Emergency Responders (ICER) Team. The Disaster Simulation Drill is conducted to prepare and equip the employees of what should be done when the actual disaster comes. The Disaster Drill started with the briefing in which the Disaster Drill Scenario and the Disaster Field Management Plan were presented to the participants. In the evaluators’ feedback, the officers from different government organizations objectively gave their observation and score. Points to improve and correct as well as other suggestions were given by the evaluators for the hospital’s next simulation drill. Our patients’ safety in times of disaster is very important to us especially that we are a healthcare institution and we are committed to protect and preserve the lives of individuals entrusted to our care.

Transcom Iloilo is SPHI’s Newest Industrial Partner

transcomTranscom Iloilo is the newest addition to St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo industrial partners. The BPO Company which is growing fast in Iloilo City has entrusted SPHI to be their healthcare provider for their pre-employment medical examination needs. This is a new leap for Transcom and St. Paul’s Hospital as first time partners. St. Paul’s Hospital through its Industrial Clinic caters employees of its accredited partners in need for Pre-employment Medical Examination, Annual Physical Examination, and Pre-Enrolment Medical Examination. The team of experts at the Industrial Clinic are hands-on in in terms of facilitating the entire necessary Laboratory, Diagnostic tests and consultation of employees and members of different institutions based on their health needs. Through the years, St. Paul’s Hospital has been partnering to different industries in Iloilo to help them in evaluating applicants during the recruitment process.

Rosary Culmination

St. Paul's Hospital of Iloilo takes pride of giving its patients a holistic approach to healthcare. It is on this hospital that we continue to commit ourselves to heal not just the body but to nurture the spirit of our clients as well. In alignment to this commitment we make sure to observe devotional prayers for both our clients and the hospital employees . The month of May at St. Paul’s Hospital is celebrated in honor for our dear Mother Mary. For the whole month, the afternoon is dedicated for praying the living rosary before the image of our Mother the Queen of May as our devotion to her. The 3:30 habit is enjoined by the different departments in the hospital as well as other guests. Every afternoon’s living rosary is sponsored by the different departments in the hospital and each department has their own intentions in praying the rosary. The glowing candles, beautiful flowers, and praises sang each afternoon are all expressions of our devotion to Mama Mary. It is our common love to Mary that we join hands in observing the living rosary. Last May 30, 2014 the culmination activity was celebrated at the hospital Chapel with the employees and SPC Sisters coming as one. The Hospital Administrator, Sr. Rosamond Marie Abadesco, SPC lead the said activity in which she also offered to Virgin Mary a flower to honor her as our Mother. St. Paul’s Hospital conducts the living rosary during the months of May and October. Our nation today faces great challenges from natural calamities to politics. When losing hope, our Mother is ever willing to help us only if we pray and ask for her help. She is our Mother and like Jesus her Son she will love us unconditionally as her own.

Sacred Heart Annex re-opens

106In pursuit to an innovative and excellent healthcare service for the Ilonggos, St. Paul’s Hospital re-opened its Sacred Heart Annex providing the unit a new look which is more comforting and convenient for the guests. After months of renovation it was formally re-opened and was blessed last May 14, 2014. The Annex features 27 fully air-conditioned private rooms with a nurses’ station to accommodate the needs of the patient and is located at the second level of the main building. This new leap in innovation and development adds to the many reasons why the institution is the premier healthcare facility in Iloilo. SPHI is giving the people better and more options for their health needs. The annex is now operational and is serving our patient with comfort and delight.

Education in the Faith Culmination Program

056Last October 2013, the Christian Formation Committee of the hospital headed by its Administrator Sr. Rosamond Marie Abadesco, SPC, spearheaded the “Education in the Faith” catechetical program to facilitate in giving evangelization to all employees as well as to the patients entrusted to our care. One chapter has ended but another one is yet to unfold. The Committee in charge for the Christian Formation will now be formulating an action plan based on the insights from the seminar-workshop. This action plan will be utilize as a tool in conducting Catechism for employees and patients that will be facilitated by the Christian Formators. The graduation ceremony was graced by Sr. Rosamond Marie Abadesco, SPC, Dr. Teresita Talamera of De La Salle University, the Facilitator in this course, and Sr. Marvelyn Aquino, SPC, the Catechetical Program In-chrage. The liturgical mass was officiated by the Hospital Chaplain, Msgr. Paul Solomia. During the mass the participants were awarded their certificates in recognition for their active participation and for answering God’s call of becoming Christian Formators. After the ceremony a fellowship then followed at the Mere Marie Ann Micheau Function Room.

Disaster Drill Program Review

DSC01122Disaster preparedness will take you very far in terms of saving lives. You can never go wrong when you are prepared and equipped of the knowledge needed when disaster comes. In preparation for the Disaster Simulation Drill on June 6, 2014 St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo spearheaded by its Human Resource Office conducted a Disaster Control Program Review to its employees for the upcoming simulation drill. The orientation was held last May 19-23, 2014 at the Mere Marie Anne de Tilly Conference Room. The week-long orientation served as an orientation for regular and new employees with regards to their participation or function on the said Drill. It was presented to the employees this year’s simulation drill scenario and how important their participation is. The actual simulation drill will be evaluated by the different government and non-government agencies in Iloilo City that will measure how ready SPHI is when responding to disaster situations. It is through this activity that St. Paul's Hospital Iloilo uphold its commitment to give its patients the best and safe environment while admitted in the Hospital.

PGI 33rd Commencement Exercises

pgi internsLast April 30, 2014, twelve Post Graduate Interns finished their one-year training-exposure at St. Paul’s Hospital. This training is a requirement and a preparation for their upcoming Physician Licensure Examination. The 33rd Commencement Exercises started with a thanksgiving mass officiated by Fr. Paul Solomia, Hospital Chaplain. The Graduation rites followed at the 3rd floor SPICE Conference Room. The Graduates marched alongside their proud parents and was welcomed by the other guests present in the venue. Dr. Henry Gonzales, Medical Director, gave his opening remarks followed by the message of the Hospital Administrator, Sr. Rosamond Marie Abadesco, SPC in which in her message emphasized the hospital's efforts to give all our residents doctors the opportunities needed to equip thierselves for the next hurdle of development and to maximize thier achievements as well. The graduates were also inspired by the speech delivered by Dr. Lorelie Sirilan, the Guest Speaker of the Graduation Ceremony. In her speech, she was able to share her most memorable experiences as an intern at St. Paul’s Hospital. The PGI Graduates and Dr. Sirilan shared a common experience in their journey of becoming a doctor. After the speech of the Guest Speaker followed the Awarding of Certificates to the Graduates and Special Awards for those who have shown exemplary performance during their internship. There was also a tribute to the graduates through a video presentation while Dr. Vincent Luceño in behalf of the batch gave his message to everyone who helped and supported them in their training. It was also on that event that the incoming new set of PGI Interns was introduced. Dr. Malbar Ferrer, Medical Education Chairman, gave his closing remarks and after which the dinner was enjoyed by everyone. St. Paul’s Hospital continuous to develop and innovate its programs to become a more dynamic and globally competitive training hospital. The training program of the Medical Education Department is at par, developing professionals with compassion, accountability, and excellence.

Mother’s Day Writing Contest

FB Post2 copyThis Mother's Day we give tribute to the "wind beneath our wings", our Nanay, Mama, Lola, Mommy and Tita. Tell us your inspiring story. We want to hear it from you. Join our essay writing contest! Here is your chance to give your Mommy, Nanay, Mama, Tita, Lola, Ate a special tribute this Mother’s Day! We are looking for inspiring stories of mothers that will surely capture our hearts. Express your love for them by writing a story. This contest is open to all who would love to share their inspiring story. Just answer our question: “Why your mother is the best?” Send your entries at or at our Facebook page at St. Paul’s Hospital. The chosen stories will win cool tokens. To join, see below guidelines for further details. Guidelines: 1. Entry should not be less than 500 words and must be an original work. 2. Be sure to give your story a title, craft a powerful opening and closing. 3. WE PREFER STORIES IN WHICH ST. PAUL’S HOSPITAL ILOILO BECAME A PART OF IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, PLUS POINTS WILL BE GIVEN TO THE ENTRY. 4. Include one or more photos, if possible (we prefer .jpg format). 5. Don’t forget to include your name, age, address, occupation and contact no. 6. Deadline for submission of entries will be on May 28, 2014, Wednesday. 7. Winners will be informed through email or phone call on May 30, 2014, Friday. 8. Please attach the story as a word document file and indicate subject as “SPHI-Mother’s Day 2014 Writing Contest”. Share your inspiring story to us now!

Dept. of Pediatrics new Diplomates

St. Paul's Hospital of Iloilo, Inc. and the Department of Pediatrics congratulate the following graduates of its Residency Training Program for having been inducted as new Philippine Pediatrics Society (PPS) Diplomates last April 5, 2014. -Anna Mae Napud-Jarder, MD -Kerwin Hiponia, MD -Josephine Martinez, MD Caritas Christi Urget Nos!

PGI Batch 2013-2014 Commencement Exercises

sphi wallpaper finalSt. Paul's Hospital of Iloilo, Inc. and the Medical Education Committee invite you to the 33rd Commencement Exercises of the Post Graduate Interns Batch 2013-2014 on April 30, 2014, 3PM at the 3rd Floor SPICE Conference Room. Post Graduate Interns: Arnold Paul K. Gonzales, MD Vincent M. Luceño, MD Roen Chris S. Beriones, MD Carlo Antonio S. Araneta, MD Jan Carl D. Barbasan, MD Eden Jay I. De Lemos, Md Ana Katrina Gange, MD Vivienne Grace G. Escarilla, MD Joselie Mari G. Palomo, MD Jesilyn F. Palec, MD Ma. Jonalyn J. Libo-on, MD Wynchelle May A. Enriquez, MD Congratulations! your SPHI Family is proud of you. We send with you our prayers as you go out into the depths of medical practice centered on God's compassionate love. CARITAS CHRISTI URGET NOS!

SPHI Upgrades Bed Capacity

attachmnet 4 croppedWe've expanded our facility with the same brand of compassionate quality service! To provide our clients greater access to quality healthcare SPHI is now upgraded from 220 to 265 bed capacity. For more inquiries call 3372741-49 or visit us at Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City.

SPHI Conducts Education in the Faith Seminar

IMG_1754One of SPHI missions is to offer Christ centered excellent healthcare upholding the Bioethical principles and teachings of the Catholic Church and with this the Christian Formation Committee headed by Sr. Rosamond Marie Abadesco, SPC, Hospital Administrator, initiated the training/workshop of employees representing their respective department to be the core group for catechism. Catechism in a hospital setting is quite unique because of the nature of work and the kind of people we serve. It is therefore a requirement for employees that before they become Catechists they should undergo a training/workshop to better equip them of what is Catechism all about and how will they do it in their respective department. It was a challenge for the Administration how to start this project because this is a journey on one's faith and in order for the employees to fully grasp what is in stored for them they should first fully commit themselves in this course.Last year, the Education in the Faith Seminar formally started with the Introduction followed by series of lectures focusing on a particular topic. The group was being honed by Dr. Teresita Talamera, a professor in Theology at the De La Salle University and a graduate of Ateneo School of Theology, to become effective Catechists. Just this April 10-11, 2014 the group of employees honed to become Christian Formation held a lecture about the Doctrine. It was a fun-filled learning experience focusing on Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection an expression of God's ultimate love for us. The seminar was also in time for the Lenten Season which helped remind the participants of the real meaning of Lent. As a Catholic institution, we value Christ’s teachings that is reflected in how we think, act, and love. SPHI has the mission of getting everyone in the hospital involved in spreading the Word of God. St. Paul’s Hospital does not only heal the body but as well provide nourishment in the spirit of the people entrusted to our care.

Department of OB-GYNE Diplomate Exam Passers

purple_caduceus_medical_symbol_6ygt.38155352St Paul's Hospital Iloilo Department of Obstretics and Gynecology congratulates Dr. Karyl B. Villaruel, DPOGS and Dr. Karen A. Arroyo, DPOGS for passing the Diplomate Part II (Oral) Exam last March 7 & 14, 2014. Your SPHI Family is proud of you! Serving in Excellence, Moving Forward!

Congratulations SPHI OR Complex Team

orCongratulations! St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo Operating Room Complex Team Grand Winner of the 2nd Research Congress: Search for the Outstanding and Adaptable Research (SOAR) Studies in the Operating Room presented last April 5, 2014 at the Philippine Heart Center, East Ave., Quezon City, Philippines. The team was composed of Mr. James Rapista and Mr. Joseph Alminaza as Research Presenters and Ms. Josephine V. Amen as their CQI Adviser. Your SPHI Family is proud of you!

Dept. of FAMED 3-year Accreditation & New Diplomates

• St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo Department of Family Medicine was granted by the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) a THREE- YEAR FULL ACCREDITATION (2014-2016) given last February 19, 2014. • Congratulations to our New Diplomates for Passing the Oral and Written Exam Dr. Sol Velfran de Juan Dr. Chimney Rose Dichoso- Hortillosa Dr.Airen Rose Enesa Dr.Novie Mae Gemillan Dr. Enrique Hipolito III Dr. Mary Precious Mantac-Traviña Dr. Mary Joan Manejero-Duremdes Dr. Michelle Tonogbanua “Serving in Excellence, Moving Forward”

SPHI welcomes its New Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics

purple_caduceus_medical_symbol_6ygt.38155352SPH Iloilo’s Administration proudly welcomes the appointment of the new Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Joselito E. Caso. Dr. Caso is a graduate of West Visayas State University College of Medicine. Awarded as the Most Outstanding Intern in Pediatrics in the year 1988. He took his Pediatric Residency Training at St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo in the year 1989.He is a diplomate of the Philippine Pediatric Society and the Philippine Society of Hematology and Blood Transfusion.

Happy, Healthy and Sikat Heart Promo for 2014

healthy heart adSt. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo’s Cardiology Unit, Marketing & Dietary Department and ABS-CBN Iloilo marked February with its “Healthy, Happy and Sikat Heart Promo”. The promo aims to educate and emphasize the importance of taking care of your heart by regularly seeing your heart specialist for check-up, eating the right food and getting a good exercise. Customers are given heart service cards of which they are entitled of a FREE dietary counselling in order to know important nutritional facts on how to maintain a balance diet for the heart, a free ECG and Heart Consultation from SPHI Cardio Experts.

CECAP Center now open!

IMG_1410St. Paul's Hospital Iloilo formally launched its Cervical Cancer Awareness and Protection Program (CECAP) in response to the growing number of cervical cancer cases in the Philippines which is now considered as the second most common cancer among women in the country. The CECAP Center is located at the CADMA Bldg. ground floor. It is considered as the first of its kind in Western Visayas. The center is open to accomadate patients every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon. For more information you may call 3372741-49 local 6359.

NEW Delivery and PACU Complex now Open

_DSC0002-2Last February 28, 2014 the newest facilities of St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo were blessed and inaugurated. The Delivery Room and Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. It is located at the 2nd level, right wing of the main building. The newly opened units feature modern equipment for surgical procedures and delivery. The SPHI Team composed of SPC Sisters, medical doctors, nurses, and personnel are seeking ways to improve the quality of services they offer through on going refinements of its facilities and system. The SPHI Delivery Room (DR) is furnished with state-of-the-art equipment and is administered by an experienced team of SPHI doctors and nurses. This will give the baby and the mother a safe and caring environment during delivery. On the other hand, the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit provides intensive observation and caution of patients who have undergone procedures that require anesthesia. The modern technology and system feature of the hospital’s DR and PACU are guarantee that St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo is a premier hospital in Iloilo and in Western Visayas.


nsdContinuous quality improvement describes the overall effort of the hospital organization to achieve the most effective care with the available resources and without compromising quality. As mandated by Department of Health (DOH) - Administrative Order 2006-0002, the “Establishment of the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Program and Committee in DOH Hospitals”, the Department’s CQI was created, spearheaded by Sr. Rowena Rodil, SPC, the Nursing Service Director and Mrs. Josephine Amen, the Quality Assurance Nurse. Its goal is to ensure that all consumers receive the highest quality and most cost- effective health services available through the development and maintenance of a qualified, diverse, and accessible multidisciplinary network, care and service organizations. One of the committee’s outputs for this year was the presentation of the studies of the different nursing unit conducted last December 9 – 11, 2013. For starters, the presenters really tried their best to which it yields a satisfactory result among our panelists.