Department of Pediatrics
The Department of Pediatrics started as a phase IIB Philippine Pediatric Society accredited department in 1983. It has been granted a Level II Pediatric Residency Program last January 2016 The department’s proudest boast is its full complement of Pediatric subspecialties: Adolescent Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Ambulatory Pediatrics, Cardiology, Child Protection Unit, Critical Care, Developmental Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Neonatology, Neurology, Oncology, Pulmonology and Toxicology.
We were among the pioneer advocates of breastfeeding in the country for which we were recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a “Baby Friendly Hospital”.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) fulfils the Level III standards as required by the Philippine Pediatric Society. Currently it accommodates 70-80 sick neonates and reaches up
to a maximum of 100 patients during the peak months of September to December. It has a fully accredited fellowship training that started in 2017. The Maternal and Child Services Unit located on the 3rd floor, North and East wings averages a daily census of 100 well newborns who were immediately roomed-in with their mothers. Breastfeeding is encouraged and strictly observed in these areas. The Birthing Center is located at the lower ground floor of the hospital where mothers identified as having non–complicated pregnancies and deliveries are admitted. It serves as a training center for LGU and DOH accredited facilities.
We lend full support to the TB D.O.T.S (Tuberculosis, Directly Observed Treatment Strategy) among our admitted and out patients. The TB DOTS facility is a one floor building located at the far end of the right-side parking lot. Diagnostic work-up for TB is free of charge and patients enrolled in the TB program are given free anti-TB medicines. Our Tumor Clinic serves the indigent cancer patients through the DOH Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Medicine Allocation Program (ALLMAP). It is located at the ground floor of the hospital near the main laboratory and is composed of consultation rooms and chemotherapy areas. It operates every Wednesday and sees an average of 60-75 patients per month. Procedures, like OPD chemotherapy and bone marrow aspiration are done in the clinic where they can be observed for six hours after which they are sent home. This unit is currently undergoing renovation and will reopen towards the first quarter of 2019.
The TAHAN TAHANAN located at the lower ground floor, is a halfway home for children with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia and solid tumors without any communicable diseases who seek treatment in Metro Manila hospitals together with their family/caregiver from the provinces. The clients are provided with free board and lodging coupled with a comprehensive enrichment program like home-study, arts and crafts, music, theatre, dance and skills training for the parents/caregivers.
Together with the Department of Medicine, we became a Satellite Center of the National Poison Control Center since 1995.
At present, we maintain active consultations and referral system with Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Dermatology, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Pediatric Urology, and Pediatric Anesthesiology. The Department also serves as a good training ground for residents from other institutions when it opened its door for affiliation in Allergology, Nephrology, Toxicology, Normal and intensive newborn care and Pediatric Pulmonology and Critical Care.
The Department actively remained in the forefront of national concerns by sending medical teams to the victims of natural disasters such as flood, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.