Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Memorial Hospital - On October 5, 2018, Hitachi's Echelon Smart MRI Superconductive 1.5 Tesla was installed at Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Memorial Hospital (DDVMH). This was made possible through its joint-venture project with High Integrated Medical Engineering Exponent (HIMEX) Corporation which is the leading health-care provider and pioneer in rehabilitation and development projects in the Philippines. This joint venture will help doctors give quality diagnostic treatment to patients with a variety of injuries and diseases.
Rema Padilla-Ohno, HIMEX Corporation's President and CEO said "Our corporate mission to improve the healthcare sector through the installation of state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology and I think it’s already a success with the partnership with DDVMH."
Some important people present in the blessing and launching of the Echelon Smart in DDVMH were Rema Padilla-Ohno, president and CEO of HIMEX; Robin Padilla, eminent Action-Superstar and Social Reformer; Dr. Jose Vivencio Villaflor III, DDVMH medcical director; representative of Mayor Belen Fernandez; Dra. Gregoria Villaflor, DDVMH administrator; Dra. Betha Fe Castillo, president of the medical association; and Dr. Jose Vivencio Villaflor Jr., chairman of the board and president.
HITACHI’s New Echelon Smart 1.5T Superconductive heralds the dawn of a new standard for 1.5T superconductive MRI. The Echelon Smart features a small footprint and limited cost, without compromising diagnostic quality and speed. Based on Hitachi’s proprietary technology, this system has opened up the potential for 1.5T systems, providing superb image quality and superior install flexibility inherited from permanent-magnet MRI systems.
For 50 years the DDVMH has been an innovator of health-care services throughout the region. With the new Echelon Smart 1.5T, Dagupan is expected to become the premiere medical institution in Region I. Now, all Dagupeños and Pangasinense as well as the patients who are living in Northern Luzon don’t have to travel to Manila to get a first-class diagnostic medical treatment.
According to Dr. Jose Vivencio Villaflor Jr., DDVMH chairman of the board and president, “DDVMH expects to deliver the most possible and affordable care to the entire Pangasinan and northern part communities with the arrival of the MRI 1.5 Tesla on the hospital.”
HIMEX Corporation, along with its partner manufacturers and hospitals such as DDVMH will continue its long term partnership in order to uplift the growing need for nationwide healthcare coverage and to ensure that Filipinos will have access to quality healthcare and affordable medical services.