After the capitulation of Manila in 1898, the United States found itself faced with serious health and sanitation problems. Aside from outbreaks of epidemics and countless deaths from various diseases, thousands of people afflicted with leprosy were
at- large. It was estimated that there were 3,500 to 4,000 leprosy cases in the country. Since there was no known cure or treatment for leprosy then, the Americans who are noted to be “sanitarians” conceived of the segregation policy to protect the healthy population through the isolation and segregation of the sick (“lepers”) with the view that by rounding up the “lepers” in the Philippine archipelago through forced segregation, noting that transmission is human to human, then there will be control and eventual natural extinction of the disease even without treatment.
The choice of where to place the leper colony was very crucial then, not only to consider that it should be far from the center of government, it must be far from habitation of people, hard to reach by the common man but also hard to escape for the new residents - the “leper immigrants”. A military board sought an isolated place. The sparsely populated Culion Island, which had been described by Dean Worcester, the first Secretary of Interior, as “a very healthful place,” was judged suitable for the purpose.
The hospital then began its rich history through Executive Order No. 35 by then Civil Governor of the Philippines Hon. Luke E. Wright, issued on August 22, 1904, declaring Culion Island as a Leper Colony. Hence, Act No. 1711 of the Philippine Commission was mandated to order compulsory segregation and isolation of people afflicted with leprosy in Culion. Its services commenced upon the arrival of the first batch of patients from Cebu on May 27, 1906.
The Sanitarium, in its evolution, has acquired many unique characteristics. It is the first and oldest organized leprosarium in the Philippines. It was also distinguished as the once largest leper colony in the Far East, catering to about 50,000 patients since 1906. Furthermore, it is the only hospital in the Philippines that gave rise to a municipality by virtue of RA 7193. Although its general hospital services began in 1994, it was on November 19, 2009 that it became a full-pledged general hospital by virtue of RA 9790 or Culion Sanitarium Conversion and Upgrading Act of 2009.
Currently bearing the official name of Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital, it now offers diversified services through both general and specialty care.
Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital is the only general hospital in the entire Northern Palawan. The DOH Administrative Order No. 2012-0012, otherwise known as, “Rules and regulations governing the new classification of hospitals and other health facilities in the Philippines”, classified CSGH to a level 1 hospital. CSGH, despite the new mandate, continues to recognize a quality and humanitarian services to the People Affected by Leprosy.
CSGH has different organized service-departments and offers quality ancillary services such as secondary level Clinical Laboratory that possesses state-of-the-art equipment which produces reliable laboratory results, a secondary Radiology Department, and a 24/7 operating Pharmacy.
In 2014, CSGH opened the private wing with four suite rooms, three private rooms, and one semi-private room with 5-bed capacity. Also in the same year, the CSGH had been certified as TB-DOTS Center and was awarded a certificate on Quality Service for its Animal Bite Treatment Center. And because of its intensified advocacy for anti-smoking law, it earned prestigious award, the Red Orchid Award, for two consecutive times.
In 2015, the CSGH has upgraded its OPD or Out-Patient Department through its departmentalized services. The physicians have their respective clinics and consultation areas within the hospital vicinity. An OR/DR Complex, situated in a newly-constructed building of CSGH, was opened and named after the late Dr. Paul A. Evangelista, former chief of the hospital.
The CSGH, being the only DOH retained hospital and referral center in the Northern Palawan, has been challenged to meet the demand of its clients from its catchment areas in the quality of service delivery and affordable health care services.
PLANS & DIRECTIONS
The CSGH envisions that by the year 2016 and onward, it shall fully operate as a level 2 general hospital with 100-bed capacity and tertiary care capability. Additional health services will also be established, such as; Peritoneal Dialysis Unit (PDU), Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDRT-TB) Treatment Hub, HIV Treatment Hub, Water Analysis facility, and, shall become a destination for Medical Tourism. It will likewise become a training center for health emergency response and disaster management in the entire Northern Palawan.
Through the aid of the Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP) of the DOH, the CSGH shall continue to upgrade its physical plant and equipment in order to conform to the licensing standard set by the department. The ISO Road Map created by the CSGH will serve as its benchmark in the upgrading of the system of the institution. The salient concerns towards achieving the upgraded system are the thorough scrutiny of policies, quality and accessible support services, and health care delivery services.
We appreciate your interest in us. We are also interested in hearing from you. Should you have any concerns about CSGH feel free to contact us through any of the following:
a.) You may key in your question/concern in a question box which you can find in home page. It is a secured message.
b.) Postal mail:
Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital
Robert St., Brgy Tiza
Culion, Palawan 5315
c.) Mobile phones and e-mail:
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|MEDICAL CENTER CHIEF
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|IMO (INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
|MEDICAL SOCIAL SERVICEemail@example.com|
- OIC - Nursing Service
- General Nursing Supervisor
- Nursing Training Officer
|OB /GYNE WARDfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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