Garcia eyes Loreche as hospital admin

CEBU Governor Gwendolyn Garcia plans to hire former Department of Health (DOH) 7 chief pathologist Mary Jean Loreche to help manage all provincial and district hospitals in the province.Garcia plans to form a management team for all provincial and district hospitals to ensure that good medical services are received by every Cebuano living in the province.“Hopefully, Dr. Loreche will be heading the team. Probably, I might ask her to come in as hospital administrator, the provincial and district hospital administrator,” Garcia said.Loreche will be working with two other members of the group to study the entire operation of Cebu’s 16 provincial and district hospitals.“(She will) Focus on the administration aspect of running these hospitals. It’s no joke really. As I’ve said, the procurement is already a long process, to see to it that this is also run efficiently without waste of resources. We want a culture of excellence among our medical workers. The type who will properly treat especially the poor who come in. They deserve really good service and courtesy and all,” Garcia said.Loreche is currently one of the Provincial Capitol’s consultants on health services.She was also hired by Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama to assist in the operations of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).“I talked to her and she informed me that she did not push through with CCMC,” the Governor said in a mix of Cebuano and English.Loreche said she will wait for their meeting with Garcia to discuss the offer.But Garcia said Loreche expressed readiness to assist the Province.Garcia intends to streamline the operation of the hospitals especially since each capacity is different and there is a limit on the number of doctors that can hired in accordance with the law.“The occupancy is different and so with the personnel. For a 10-bed hospital, there is a particular number allowed. The personnel there are only this many number of doctors. That’s also something that the public doesn’t understand. I know that feeling. When you have nowhere else to go but only that hospital. So we will try our very best to upgrade our services,” Garcia said.