Valenzuela breaks ground on P208M hospital expansion

The city government of Valenzuela recently broke ground on a P208-million, four-storey extension building of the Valenzuela Medical Center (VMC) to enhance delivery of quality health services to local residents and neighboring communities.

The project, which will expand VMC’s operational capacity to 500 from 200 beds, includes the construction of a roof deck, central sewerage treatment plant and central powerhouse. It will also house VMC’s expanded Radiology Department, Operating Room Complex and Surgical Intensive Care, Hemodialysis, Chemotherapy and Ambulatory Surgical Units.

Valenzuela 2nd District Rep. Eric Martinez, principal author of Republic Act 11327 which created VMC, led the groundbreaking rites with special guests and supporters led by Senators Christopher ‘Bong’ Go and Sherwin Gatchalian, Rep. Wes Gatchalian and Mayor Rex Gatchalian.

Located in a 6,600-square meter lot in Karuhatan, Valenzuela City, VMC’s extension building will be constructed by triple A construction firm Scheirman Construction Consolidated Inc. (SCCI). Target completion date is June 2023.

Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go (third from left) and deputy speaker and Valenzuela 2nd district Rep. Eric Martinez (fourth from left) lead the lowering of the time capsule during the groundbreaking ceremony for the P208-million extension building on the Valenzuela Medical Center in Karuhatan, Valenzuela City. Also in the photo are (L-R) deputy speaker Weslie “Wes” Gatchalian; VMC Medical Center chief II Dr. Nimfa Putong; Department of Health (DOH) undersecretary Elmer Punzalan; acting barangay chairman Martell Soledad; and DOH director Gloria Balboa.

VMC’s extension building is designed to cater to the increasing number of patients, provide space for new and additional services and enhance the quality of patient care and experience.

As a Department of Health-retained hospital, VMC’s goal is to become the “People’s Choice by 2028” through its mission of providing institutionalized patient-centered and pandemic resilient health care. It currently specializes in neonatal, geriatrics, dermatology, ophthalmology, trauma, burn management, cancer care, stroke care, emerging and re-emerging infectious disease and hemodialysis.

In 2018, the Duterte administration granted VMC, through a usufruct agreement, an additional 6,600 square meters of land for its expansion.

Construction of a three-storey motorpool, support and central supply and sterilization room is ongoing.

SCCI, the firm that won the competitive bidding for the VMC extension project, is also the company currently building the Makati Life Medical Center, a Public-Private Partnership hospital being jointly developed by Life Nurture Inc (LNI) and the City Government of Makati.