Top hospital in the Philippines, Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed), received several honors from the Gawad Bayaning Kalusugan, the national award and tribute to frontliners in the health care and case management of patients with COVID-19 in Philippine hospitals.
The MakatiMed COVID-19 Task Force was declared a winner in the Team Category for the national award. The hospital’s Medical Director Saturnino P. Javier, MD was the overall winner for the Individual Category, while MakatiMed’s Head of Infection Prevention and Control, Janice C. Caoili, MD was recognized as a winner in the Individual Category.
Initiated by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), together with the Association of Allied Health Organizations of the Nation (AAHON), and the Health Educationalist, Advocates and Leaders Heal Philippines (HEAL Phils), Gawad Bayaning Kalusugan acclaims the professional excellence and interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary teamwork in the fight against COVID-19, and celebrates individual and team stories of heroism by frontliners. The awards is a nationwide program that include individual and team awards, and clustered in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and the National Capital Region, across the COVID-19-admitting Levels 1,2,3 hospital categories.
“We rejoice in the awards bestowed upon our MakatiMed COVID-19 Task Force Team and Drs. Bong Javier and Janice Caoili, given by Gawad Bayaning Kalusugan for excellence in responding to the COVID-19 situation,” says MakatiMed President & CEO Atty. Pilar Nenuca Almira. “The awarding body consists of highly respectable organizations from public and private sectors, with judges who are considered experts in the medical and administrative fields. We receive these awards in humility, and willingly share our experiences considered as best practices so that others may benefit from what we did.”