August 18, 2008

P9B St. Luke’s Global City Project Nearing Completion

Phil Star 7/23/2008

St. Luke’s Medical Center’s excellence in health and medical care traditions honed for over 100 years will soon have a second state-of-the-art building right in the heart of Global City in Taguig City.

The ambitious P9-billion project, arguably the biggest single-construction hospital undertaking by St. Luke Hospital, will occupy much of the 1.6 hectares of prime space accessible from all points of Metro Manila and neighboring provinces in the Global City.

More than 600 patient beds can be accommodated on a single day with excellent health care for which the hospital became noted that led to it becoming the first hospital in the Philippines to be accredited by the prestigious Joint Commission International, a subsidiary of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCHAO) in the United States.

Slated to be completed in October next year, the hospital will also have modern medical arts building for well-appointed medical practitioners and administrative staff. Also, the hospital will have available parking space for 1,400 vehicles on top of the helipad big enough for Huey helicopter to land.

Top businessmen and government officials attended “topping off” ceremony recently for the 14-story structure, that also boasts of a modern helipad primarily designed and included in the project for best and fastest medical emergency transportation.

“This topping-off ceremony marks another big and exciting milestone for St. Luke’s Medical Center and our community,” said Robert Kuan, chairman of the St. Luke’s medical Center.

St. Luke’s opened its doors in 1903 with a nine-bed ward. The tradition of excellent care has been and continues to be the hallmark of St. Luke’s. It has transcended tall odds, even wars and today, or 105 years after, the hospital, located in Quezon City, has kept its tradition to become one of the best in the industry.

Seventy percent of the funding for the P9-billion project is being sourced from internal corporate funding, while additional funding is being raised through loans and philanthropic donations.

Among the guests were members of the hospital’s board of trustees led by chairman Robert Kuan and president Joe Ledesma, Fernando Zobel of Ayala Development Corp., Jimmy Ayala of Ayala Land, Inc., Butch Campos of Fort Bonifacio Development Corp., and Taguig City officials led by Vice Mayor George Elias, among others.

“We are challenged by our continuing success. Modesty aside, our biggest competition is ourselves. St. Luke’s-Global City is a tangible symbol of our commitment to deliver the highest quality care to Filipinos, our neighbors in Asia, and now the world,” said Ledesma.

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