Fresh from being recognized and awarded with the COVID Management Initiative of the Year Award from Healthcare Asia, AC Health continues to put together the vital pieces to realize its vision and commitment of bringing accessible and affordable healthcare for all Filipinos.
AC Health, a subsidiary of Ayala Corporation, through its QualiMed Hospital – Iloilo facility recently shared its plans for its In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Center and Integrated Practice Unit (IPU). Citing estimates that 1 in 10 Filipinos is affected by infertility and that 10% of those with infertility concerns will undergo IVF treatment as premise, Dr. Henry Tupas, Director and President of the Iloilo Fertility and Reproductive Care Center (IFER) presented key developments on the Iloilo Fertility & Reproductive Care Center Phase 2 Expansion Project which is the first and only Fertility and IVF Center in Western Visayas.
In accordance with the concept of a patient-centered integrated practice unit (IPU), the services to be offered at the Iloilo Fertility and Reproductive Care Center (IFER) is organized around the patient’s primary problem of infertility and providing the full cycle of care for the patient’s medical condition. According to Dr. Tupas, “It will offer assisted reproductive technology, cryopreservation and genetic testing with our very own, fertility doctor, Dr. Rey Castillo leading the way and with the guidance of QualiMed – Iloilo COO Dr. Nathaniel Chan, and QualiMed – Iloilo Medical Director Dr. James Woo.”
The presentation on the IVF IPU was made during the recent MDXperience Roadshow that kicked off last May 26 at QualiMed Hospital in Atria Park, Iloilo City. The event was also attended by Ayala Corporation President and CEO Fernando Zobel de Ayala, AC Health President and CEO Paolo Borromeo, Healthway Philippines Inc. President and CEO Jaime E. Ysmael, QualiMed Health Network Group COO Margaret Bengzon, Healthway Cancer Care Center Vice Chairman for Medical Advisory Dr. Manuel Francisco Roxas, AC Health Consultant Dr. Manuel Dayrit, QualiMed – Iloilo COO Dr. Nathaniel Chan, and QualiMed – Iloilo Medical Director Dr. James Woo.
Ayala Corporation President and CEO Fernando Zobel de Ayala also took the opportunity to reaffirm the Ayala group’s commitment to investing in healthcare, “At Ayala, nation-building has always been at our core and the pandemic has only reinforced our long-standing commitment towards improving lives and promoting development and growth for the country, which of course includes accessible and quality healthcare. The pandemic underpinned the importance of investing in healthcare and we at Ayala promise to continue doing so.”
AC Health President Paolo Borromeo for his part reiterated the Group’s commitment to healthcare, “We have a genuine desire to address gaps in the healthcare sector. Our belief is that healthcare is a fundamental human right. Creating an integrated healthcare ecosystem that will provide accessible and affordable healthcare for all Filipinos is the bold vision of AC Health.”
Emphasizing the importance of proactive and meaningful doctor engagement in the entire organization, Healthway Philippines Inc. President and CEO Jaime E. Ysmael in turn conveyed, “A key element of success to realize our vision to be among the major players in the hospital and clinics space is our Stakeholder Engagement or Stakeholder for Life Program. This program focuses on our three main stakeholders – you, our doctors, our patients, and our employees. As our partners in delivering quality care, our doctors play a critical role. Hence, we value very much the relationship and would like to continue to strengthen it. Our doctor engagement program supports the three main areas of a doctor’s needs, which are to be able to practice, learn and teach.”
During this time of constant change and transition, AC Health is committed towards improving lives and promoting development and growth for the Filipino people, which includes accessible and quality healthcare. Doctors play a crucial part on making this possible as they work together with their leadership team to achieve this goal.
Other QualiMed facilities that offer Integrated Practice Units are:
QualiMed – Tanauan, Batangas (GI/Gastro Center, and Acute Stroke Unit)
QualiMed Hospital – San Jose del Monte, Bulacan (Diabetes Center, Hypertension Center, Geriatric Center, AesthetiQ Center, Breast and Women’s Health Center, and Eye Center)
QualiMed Hospital – Sta. Rosa, Laguna (Aesthetic Center, Lifestyle and Wellness Center, Wound and Ostomy Care Center, and Neuroscience Center)
QualiMed Surgery Center – Manila (Women’s Health and Breast Center, Palliative Care Clinic, Wound & Ostomy Care Center, and Pain Management Clinic).
QualiMed is a comprehensive network of full-service hospitals, multi-specialty clinics, and a stand-alone day surgery center. QualiMed Health Network is part of Healthway Philippines Inc. and of the AC Health Group.
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Ayala Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (AC Health) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Ayala Corporation, and serves as the portfolio company for healthcare businesses. Its vision is to build an ecosystem that links every patient to a seamless healthcare experience. Its portfolio includes Generika Drugstore, the pioneer in generic retail pharmacies, IE Medica and MedEthix, major pharmaceutical importer and distributor, Healthway, a network of primary care, multi-specialty, and corporate clinics, and QualiMed, a comprehensive network of full-service hospitals, multi-specialty clinics, and a stand-alone day surgery center. AC Health has also invested in health technology solutions, most recently, HealthNow, a healthcare aggregator app that offers online consultations, medicine delivery, and clinic and diagnostic booking.
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