Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


The accusations made by the program ‘Imbestigador’ of GMA 7 in its episode aired on July 12, 2008 against James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital (JLGMH), are blatantly false and biased, that is what Dr. Arturo Mendoza, Chief of Hospital of JLGMH stressed in defense of the good reputation of the hospital. The portrayal of the hospital in the particular segment of the program was unfair and unbalanced.

"In the episode, a patient of JLGMH complained that her newborn child, delivered in the hospital, acquired maggots inside the ear while confined in the hospital. The footages showed that parts of the hospital were unclean but many of the footages that were taken proving otherwise were not shown or cut during the program,” Mendoza said in his letter addressed to Marissa Flores, Senior Vice President of News and Public Affairs of GMA Network.

According to Mendoza, his interview where he explained that the baby was thoroughly checked and was even examined with an otoscope (a device which enables the doctor to view the ear canal of the patient), was cut and not aired during the program.

“My statement during my interview would have made a lot of difference in defense to the accusation that the worms have been acquired inside the hospital. Even the portion where I allowed them to video the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) where the baby was confined was only shown partially,” Dr. Mendoza said.

The footage showing the three doors one has to go through before entering the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which is part of the policy to maintain the cleanliness and sterility of the area, was not shown either. Dr. Mendoza also said that one of the camera crew taking the footage of the NICU remarked that “hindi nga basta makakapasok ang langaw dito.”

Apparently, the source was not a constituent of Olongapo City but out of the numerous hospitals in the city nearby provinces, she chose to have her baby delivered in JLGMH.

The source also complained about JLHMH’s policy restricting visitors and relatives inside the facilities, particularly in the Nursery and Rooming-in. The policy is strictly enforced so as not to risk outside contamination and bring threats to the well-being of patients, especially to the newborn.

It was also shown in the program that the complainant’s house is located in an open field with no flooring that poses a greater possibility that if any fly would have a chance to lay its egg in the baby’s ear, it would be during the time that the baby was brought to the house.

The opened windows featured in the program were not taken in the rooming-in but from other wards of the hospital. The windows of the rooming-in area are painted blue and kept closed at all times to prevent a breach in the cleanliness of the ward.

In the nursery, aside from the three doors that one has to go through before entering the area, nurses, doctors and other personnel are tasked to wear gowns and masks, a rule which is strictly enforced as part of sterility measures.

The hospital has gained respect and is being patronized by many patients because of its excellent service and cleanliness.

JLGMH is solely funded by the City Government of Olongapo, led by Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr. but due to the fact that many of the patients coming to the hospital are from different areas such as Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga and even as far as Pangasinan, the hospital serves as a ‘regional hospital’.

It also served as the base hospital during the Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC) when it was held in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ). It is also the base hospital for different companies and foreign TriCare patients.

“The hospital has been awarded with a ‘Sentrong Sigla’ seal and unlike in the program where it was sarcastically suggested that the hospital did not deserve the award, the hospital is a center for excellence and cleanliness which is attested by its outstanding performance and track-record,” Mendoza concluded.

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