AMG solidifies healthcare imprint across VisMin

AppleOne Medical Group (AMG), the healthcare arm of Cebu-based property developer AppleOne Properties, Inc. (API), is forging ahead in elevating healthcare standards in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. To date, AMG has acquired three hospitals under its wing: Visayas Med in Cebu, United Shalom Hospital in Tacloban, and Brokenshire Hospital in Davao.

Expanding by way of acquisition, the first came in July of 2020 when AMG went into a joint venture partnership with the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) for the management and operations of Visayas Med, then the Visayas Community Medical Center (VCMC). A well-regarded institution that has been a beacon of hope in Cebu for over 69 years now, VCMC was placed for expansion, modernization, and enhancement of facilities and services. 

Since then, the hospital has experienced significant changes. Firstly, in overall capacity expansion. Some important highlights include the addition of 36 new private rooms, an expanded hemodialysis facility, newly-renovated operating theaters (OR) along with two new ones and updated and modern equipment/machines to aid in the skills of the doctors.

United Shalom Hospital

A forthcoming significant development for Visayas Med is the addition of the AppleOne Medical Arts Building (MAB). Currently underway, MAB will be the premier health and wellness facility in the region with physician’s clinics and doctor’s offices, specialized diagnostics centers, medical laboratories, and commercial retail spaces, among others. MAB will further complement the hospital and complete the integrated healthcare experience. 

United Shalom Hospital (USH) in Tacloban, formerly Bethany Hospital, opened its doors to the Leyte-Samar areas on December 28, 2021, as the second hospital under AMG’s wing. Initially on its first run or soft opening to the public, USH is offering diagnostics and inpatient services as it continues to enhance its facilities. 

Today, USH is a newly-built Level 1 hospital with a capacity of 100 beds, 2 operating theaters, a delivery room, a level 2 accredited laboratory, dialysis, imaging (X-ray), dedicated pharmacy, and 80 affiliated doctors to champion the mission of the hospital. The goal for the coming year is to transition to a level 2 hospital with an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity.

The third and most recent hospital to be added to the AMG portfolio is Brokenshire Hospital in Davao. Currently a level-3 general hospital with a 200-bed capacity, Brokenshire is among the few in the country that specialize in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). It is the only one in Mindanao that offers Hybrid Endolap Surgery with Spyglass. 

Under the new management led by AMG, the hospital will continue to experience significant changes in terms of the expansion of its services and specialties, and improved facilities and amenities, and medical force. More comprehensive and modern technology will be added to complement its growing services. 

With three hospitals primed for the challenges and uncertainties of tomorrow, AMG will continue to remain steadfast in its commitment to the Filipino people in providing better access to quality healthcare.  

API’s foray into healthcare is according to the direction of its President & CEO, Ray Go Manigsaca. Envisioned even before the onset of the pandemic, moving into healthcare was a timely and necessary progression of the company, given its 12-year track record in property management and development. “With our strength and expertise in development and operations, and a keen foresight into the market, strengthened with our agile and dynamic approach to all our businesses, we are wholly committed to strengthening the foundation of our healthcare industry with well-equipped and well-supported hospitals around the region,” explains Manigsaca on the expansion into healthcare. 

API is a development company based in Cebu City with core business interests in hotel operations, property development, and real estate sales. Its subsidiaries now include AppleOne Mactan, Inc., the developer of the five-star Sheraton Cebu Mactan Resort, The Residences at Sheraton Cebu Mactan Resort, and Mahi by AppleOne Properties, Inc., as well as Brickwall Construction & Development, the operator of Apple Tree Resort & Hotel, Boardwalk City Residences, and City Mall Danao.  

Sunsky Development Corp. and AppleOne Equicom Tower also fall under the AppleOne Properties wing. Sunsky is the developer of Diamond Suites & Residences and a forthcoming local brand of hotels while AppleOne Equicom Tower is the first mixed-use development in the premier business district in the Visayas. API is in a franchise partnership agreement with the International Workplace Group, formerly Regus and the world’s largest provider of workspace solutions, to acquire two existing centers and develop eight more in six cities in the Visayas region.