The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) in Northern Mindanao Region X, conferred the Center of Excellence to Bethel Baptist Hospital last February 21, 2011. It was during the awarding ceremony held at Pearlmont Inn, which coincided with the agency’s 17th year anniversary. The Center of Excellence is the highest of the levels of accreditation that a hospital can receive from PhilHealth, the others as Center of Quality and Center of Safety.
Dr. Esther Ricardo, chief of PhilHealth Region X Health Care Delivery Management Division, said Center of Excellence means that Bethel Baptist Hospital has passed at least 100 percent compliance of the 51 core indicators and 90 percent compliance based on the seven performance areas categorized under the Benchbook Standards of Hospital Accreditation.
20 other hospitals in the region were accredited as Centers of Quality as they have passed 100 percent compliance with the core indicators and at least 75 percent for the seven performance areas. These hospitals include Abella Midway Hospital, Bukidnon Provincial Hospital in Manolo Fortich, Don Carlos Doctors Hospital, La Viña General Hospital and Simbulan Sto. Niño Hospital in the province of Bukidnon; Dr. Uy Hospital Inc., Iligan Medical Center Hospital, Kapatagan Provincial Hospital and Mercy Community Hospital Inc. in Iligan City in the province of Lanao del Norte; Clinica Ozaraga, Medina General Hospital, Misamis University Medical Center and St. Vincent Hospital in the province of Misamis Occidental; Gingoog Sanitarium Hospital, Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital-Initao and Northern Mindanao Medical Center from Misamis Oriental; and Capitol University Medical City Foundation Inc. and Cagayan de Oro Polymedic General Hospital, all from Cagayan de Oro City.