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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

An oasis of wellness rises in Subic

An earthly paradise for individuals seeking health, an ideal place for retirement or a second home for numerous comforts has risen in a sylvan section of Subic.

The George Dewey Medical & Wellness Center is the only one of its kind in the Philippines and perhaps in the world. Located in an exclusive, gated facility called Villa Amorosa, it is a complete health resort for retirees, health seekers and medical practitioners.

The center has all the amenities of a world-class health center: professional care, experienced doctors and nurses, modern facilities, and outlets for sports, shopping, entertainment, leisure and business.

The only tertiary hospital in Subic

It is the only tertiary hospital in Subic, ideally sited for Regions I and II and large parts of Region III, principally Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija and Pampanga. Recently issued a license to operate by the Department of Health, the center will have its grand opening on Saturday, August 15.

The wellness center sits on a 12-hectare facility on top of a hill, in the middle of a forest. A US-compliant hospital system was installed in the facility two weeks ago and nurses are currently training and familiarizing themselves with the system.

Owned and operated by George Dewey Medical College Inc., the center’s medical college is four years old, going five. It offers BS in Nursing. Beginning School Year 2010, BS in Radiology and BS in Medical Technology will be offered. Other courses—Dentistry, Opthalmology, Physical Therapy and Medicine—will be introduced in 2011.

Professional staff, total health care

Highly respected practitioners and well known for their experience, professionalism and integrity make up George Dewey Medical & Wellness Center’s medical staff. Many of its doctors are US- and Canada-trained. They have impeccable credentials. Almost all, save for a few, are doing their practice in leading hospitals in Metro Manila.

Readers will be pleased to know that the center’s medical and health-related services cover cardiac surgery, joint and hip replacement, reconstructive surgery, corneal transplant, refractive surgery and multi-focals, dental implants, stem cell rejuvenation, sleep-disorder therapy, transplant surgery, laboratory analysis, pain management and fertility clinic.

Many of the 12-hectare facility’s departments are in business: a medical college; a tertiary world-class hospital; a world-class wellness center; a chapel; and a gym cum sauna (for men and women) now accepting membership.

Open for business

The center’s 72-bed facility for retirees will be ready for occupancy in a month’s time. Scheduled to open in the next two months are the additional 500 condominium units for retirees; a breathtaking “Flower Park;” a mini-sports complex that includes a covered badminton court, pool tables, swimming pool and bowling alley; mini-mart, coffee shops, convenience stores, gift shops, fine restaurants; a clubhouse for conferences, club meetings and socials; a mini-theatre for 500 guests; housing facilities for visiting relatives and friends; a business center; and a theme park. Parking space is ample.

The center is positioned to compete in the domestic and global markets. In addition to serving the medical and health needs of Filipinos and expatriates, it seeks to capture a share of the growing medical tourism market here and overseas.

Management sees the domestic market as a sizeable, rich client base. Many patients from Northern Luzon (Regions I and II) now travel all the way to Metro Manila hospitals for medical treatment and other services because of a dearth of tertiary hospitals with first-class facilities and a shortage of professional doctors in their places.

A globally competitive facility

In the Freeport zone alone, there are roughly 70,000 to 90,000 workers, some 6,000 to 9,000 local and foreign executives and hundreds of local and foreign tourists. More than 3,000 US veterans and retired servicemen live in and around Olongapo. Their main complaint is the absence of a tertiary hospital in the former US naval base.

The middle and upper economic classes remain a vibrant, viable market. Other nationalities have made the Philippines their second home. In Subic, the Koreans are productively engaged in education, restaurants, shipbuilding and entertainment. Their number increases by the day.

The more than 2.9 million Filipino residents and immigrants in the US prefer the Philippines because medical care here is cheaper than in America. The Filipino-American gets first-class care in Manila, able to enjoy a month-long sabbatical and still has enough money saved on his return home.

The aging populations in countries like Japan, Korea, Singapore, the United States, Canada and Italy are expected to boost the market for medical and wellness care. Patients from Guam, Saipan and the other islands of United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and the Republic of the Marshall Islands are seen to be seeking medical care in Manila.

Good news for the country

Villa Amorosa is several minutes away from an international airport, close to a yacht club and within comfortable distance from the Subic beach.

The center, according to a facility administrator, has defined the real meaning of medical tourism, what a full-service system is all about: professional medical care, a health resort for wellness and rejuvenation in complete synergy with nature, offering opportunities for a healthy and happy lifestyle.

George Dewey Medical & Wellness Center answers a whole range of needs in healthcare and enjoyable retirement. It is poised on making the Philippines a preferred health care destination competing with the world’s best. Manila Times

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