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The Zamboanga Peninsula Medical Center (ZPMC) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with HB Calleja Center last Nov 8, 2017 establishing the ZamPen Heart Institute - a first in the whole region of Zamboanga Peninsula and third in Mindanao after Davao City and Cagayan de Oro.

The agreement was signed by ZPMC President Mr Edwin Caliolio and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of HB Calleja Center Dr Denton Chua witnessed by the PHIC Head of Zamboanga City Dr Rossana Paraguya and DOH Region IX Representative Medical Officer IV Dr Rolando Bucoy in a short program attended by the board members and management staff of the hospital together with the founders of HB Calleja Center led by prominent Manila- based cardiologists Dr William Chua and Dr Romeo Saavedra.

The ZamPen Heart Institute is poised to become the primary heart center in the entire Region -9 and will house the cardiac catheterization laboratory (cathlab) - a state-of-the-art facility offering lifesaving diagnosis and treatment procedures such as coronary angiogram and percutaneous coronary angioplasty for patients suffering from coronary artery disease which continues to be the number one cause of death in the Philippines and worldwide.

Aside from the cathlab, the center will also include a coronary care unit, a cardiac diagnostic laboratory and in the near future it will accommodate a Cardiovascular Operating Room (CVOR) complex where heart surgeries such as coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) for severe cases of coronary artery disease, valvular surgery for patients with rheumatic heart disease and corrective surgery for patients bom with congenital heart defect will be performed. Indeed, the heart institute will make the advanced treatment for heart conditions accessible in the city further boosting the status of Zamboanga City as the center of medical tourism in the region where many patients from the nearby provinces flock to for specialized medical care. (Walid Amil, MD FPCP FPCC)




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