CHCC gets a huge shot in the arm


Providing health and medical care in the CNMI is expected to become faster after the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. received a $250,000 donation from Docomo Pacific to upgrade the hospital’s patient recordkeeping system.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Rep. Ivan A. Blanco (R-Saipan), Sen. Jude U. Hofschneider (R-Tinian), CHCC chief executive officer Esther L. Muña, hospital administrator Jesse M. Tudela, and Docomo officials were present in Wednesday’s check presentation at the CHCC conference room.

The donation, which is intended for the hospital’s medical records system, will be given across five years, starting with the $50,000 handed over last Wednesday.

Improving the health electronic system, and re-engineering and providing technical assistance to the hospital’s IT department were the things that Muña had brought up when she met with Docomo Pacific officials a few years ago.

She said the amount is a significant contribution. “Ensuring that we have a [health records] system that works is one of our biggest challenges. We’ve invested a lot of money in helping the IT department. They need the tools to make sure the physicians do their services for our patient care,” said Muña. “This is a great contribution and we thank the governor and the Legislature for their support.”

She added that the Commonwealth Health Center and the CNMI’s patients will benefit from the collaboration between the government and Docomo. “We’ve improved our servers and done a lot of upgrades with our system.”

“Docomo has done a lot for [the hospital] like holding a golf tournament to help our pediatric unit. We truly appreciate this contribution and all the help,” she added.

Torres said that upgrading the electronic health record system is something that is needed. “We’ve been working on this and we thank Docomo for their partnership with CHCC and the hospital,” Torres said. “This is something that is needed and obviously for a long time. [Docomo’s] continued contribution with the electronic health record system definitely gives us a measurement that we need to look at our healthcare in the entire CNMI.”

He thanked Muña and Tudela for their continued efforts to enhance the healthcare system. “This is another step forward in making sure that the needed healthcare is provided to our people.”

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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