Ayala Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (AC Health), the healthcare subsidiary of the Ayala Corporation, has made plans to build a stand-alone Cancer Hospital which will provide comprehensive high-quality cancer care services at more affordable prices.
Running on the recently passed Cancer Control Act (RA 11225), the Php 2 billion project is expected to complement and support public sector efforts to improve cancer care in the Philippines.
Fernando Zobel de Ayala, president of the Ayala Corporation and AC Health Chairman, said the hospital aims to address the prevailing gaps in screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the Philippines.
“Cancer is now the third leading cause of death in the Philippines, and unfortunately, we struggle with poor outcomes. A key pillar of our advocacy is screening and early detection so that we can diagnose patients earlier, and provide them with more affordable high-quality cancer care.”
AC Health President Paolo F. Borromeo said they will be working with leading international cancer care providers to said high quality care, as well as state-of-the-art technology for the benefit of patients, ““We are working with some of the most respected names in the local oncology field, and we are delighted that they share our vision for this Cancer Hospital.”
The Cancer Hospital will be a specialized establishment, equipped with:
- 100 beds
- diagnostic equipment (including a PET Scan)
- chemotherapy facilities
- linear accelerators for advanced radiation therapy, and ;
- operating rooms for the specialist surgeons.
The hospital will also be led by some of the top local oncologists, working in a dedicated group practice as part of multi-disciplinary care teams.
Borromeo also notes the encouraging feedback AC Health has received from patients toward the project, “I think having a specialized cancer hospital in the Philippines is long overdue, and our goal is to redefine cancer care by serving a broader segment of Filipinos, while providing quality of care that matches global standards.”
This story originally appeared on Manila Bulletin Business.