Celebrating its 6th Founding Anniversary, OrmocDoc gives back to the community through its largest Medical Mission by far with more than 700 beneficiaries last October 28, 2018 held at Ormoc Doctors Hospital Atrium.
A total of 189 patients were given free dental check, cleaning, and extraction and 200 patients were checked and given reading glasses by Cebu Doctors University volunteers. Simultaneously, another 199 patients were seen by CebuDoc’s resident ophthalmology doctors, and 186 patients were checked for Capillary Blood Sugar, Blood Typing, and Blood Pressure. As needed, free medicines were also given to beneficiaries.
"We are grateful that OrmocDoc provides opportunities like this especially for us who are less fortunate who cannot usually afford dental services”, one of the beneficiaries explained in Cebuano.
The beneficiaries are from the different Barangays such as District 27, District 16, District 15, District 12, and District 13, and from Punta Mission Stations of St. Peters and Paul Parish namely Barangay Batuan, Barangay Alegria, Barangay Punta and Barangay Don Felipe.
“This is the second time that OrmocDoc conducted this kind of activity. Last 2016, we also did a medical mission where we served more than 200 patients”, said Mr. Hilario Jake Cortes, OrmocDoc Hospital Administrator.
Second time to organize the mission, Mr. Cortes added that this year’s medical mission is more meaningful and bigger as it is their way of celebrating their 6th Anniversary and their way of commemorating the legacy of CebuDoc Group’s Founder, Dr. Potenciano Larrazabal Jr.
OrmocDoc as a member of CebuDoc Group of Hospitals is similarly dedicated to provide patients with utmost compassion, quality service, and innovative healthcare.
As addressed by CebuDoc Group’s Chairman, Dr. Potenciano “Yong” S.D. Larrazabal, III, on his anniversary message for OrmocDoc, the medical facility is positioned to be the finest hospital in Ormoc and Leyte as the hospital continues to upgrade its facilities and offer highly specialized services in the coming years.
Committed to its thrust to serve patients better, OrmocDoc also awarded its five year service awardees and outstanding employees during the anniversary celebration simultaneous with the medical mission.
“The daily adversities that beset OrmocDoc are more than a few but certainly not insurmountable. But as we continue to go beyond each challenge in the best way we can, let us not lose sight of the ideals upon which institution was founded; to refuse care to no one and to never compromise quality care”, shared Dr. Gardenia Larrazabal, OrmocDoc Medical Director during the anniversary celebration.
Despite the threat of Typhoon Rosita entering PAR, CebuDoc volunteers and doctors conquered the waves in order to serve the patients waiting in OrmocDoc.
Alongside with the medical staff, nurses, and volunteers in OrmocDoc and with the help of the local barangay units, the anniversary celebration continued and so the medical mission.
“There are always good Samaritans who are ready to answer the call to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others. This call was heroically answered today by our volunteers from CDU and CDUH. To the every active employees of Ormoc Doctors Hospital, our heartfelt thanks for the excellent job you are doing every day”, Mr. Cortes expressed during the anniversary program.
The volunteers and organizers of the mission also expressed how fulfilling it is for them to be of service to others.
“I see this as an opportunity to give back to the community where I live and helping people who cannot afford the cost of services we have tendered”, Ms. Ma. Teresa Beslig, OrmoDoc Information and Medical Records Department Head said.
“For me personally, I feel good every time I am able to help other people and it gives me self-satisfaction that somehow I am able to make a difference in this world. Volunteering also brings me closer to the community; it’s also fun meeting different people and that I’m able to share my time and it just feels so fulfilling”, expressed by Ma. Chola Lourdes Mendoza, another volunteer of the mission.