Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center
A System Approach On Bridging Gaps Between Treatment And Prevention In The Era Of Pandemic
One day before the Philippines entered lockdown, the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center activated its Incident Command System (ICS) to deal with the pandemic. The ICS was driven by the need to ensure continuity of service and was composed of key personnel who were tasked to coordinate with stakeholders while other frontliners were battling the pandemic.
In its first week of meetings, the team worked to craft policies to ensure that safety protocols were established even though no cases had yet been reported in the province at that time. The team decided to suspend less essential services to make way for more pressing concerns in dealing with COVID-19. Elective surgeries were deferred, procedures and private admissions were strategized to decrease patient load at the wards and outpatient clinics. Most private rooms were then converted to isolation rooms in preparation for the possible increase in COVID-19 census.
Furthermore, the team had managed to set up a Molecular Biology Laboratory with the assistance of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte within three (3) months. With its establishment, the hospital in tandem to receive and respond to referrals from all over the province and nearby towns outside the province 24/7.