BMC Chief Gigantone thanks DOH and hospital employees for their support and dedication

Bicol Medical Center celebrates its 89th founding anniversary, BMC's Medical Center Chief II looked back to the hospital's humble beginnings that started in 1933.

"In almost nine decades, dating back when the BMC started as a 25-bed general hospital that was converted from a Spanish residential house, its transformation and modernization have already come a long way. Aside from being an end-referral, Level III 1000-bed DOH Hospital, we now have 14 Specialty Centers, all fully operational. This makes us the biggest hospital in South Luzon in terms of service capability." said MCC Dr. Ronnie Gigantone.

In his speech during the anniversary celebration, Dr. Gigantone credited the hospital's feat to its dedicated employees and the full support of the Department of Health.

"We owe this to the dedicated BMC servants, past and present, who have been a solid part of our very foundation — without them and without the necessary support from the health department, BMC would not have been able to achieve its current status. Indeed, the vision is now being realized through actions." MCC Dr. Ronnie Gigantone added.

This year's anniversary was extra special with the presence of the Department of Health Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire, and Undersecretary Nestor F. Santiago Jr. lauds BMC's health workers for the health services to the Bicolanos throughout the pandemic.

"The Filipino people have a lot to be thankful for our health care providers and institutions for timely rising to the challenge, for the sacrifices in moments of exceptional difficulty, and for remaining committed to excellence in professional patient-centered care as guaranteed by our national mandate in Universal Health Care. As an institution, the BMC's successive triumphs over such adversities have harnessed its resilience befitting its development goals towards patient-centered, highly specialized care. The BMC's service, among other health institutions, truly delivers to the aspirations of matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay to every Juan and Juana," said OIC Secretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire.


The BMC community celebrated its week-long anniversary, which coincided with the Cardiac Center's first anniversary, with various activities such as the fun walk, a three-day health caravan at Robinsons Mall, fun games for its employees, a bazaar, and BMC Got Talent.