VOLUME III ISSUE 1 JANUARY 2012SEHI answers urgent call for blood BY DARYL PANERIOAS MORE AND MORE PEO- beth Hospital, Inc., under the leader- Catimbang.PLE REQUIRED BLOOD trans- ship of Dr. Ma. Helena Veneracion –fusions each day and yet a steady Garcia, Chief of Clinics and Mr. He explains that low levels ofdecline of people donating blood, it Efren T. Catimbang Jr., RN, Training blood supply could prove lethal foris but inevitable that the Philippine Coordinator, answered the dire some patients especially trauma cas-National Red Cross (PNRC) Gen- need to replenish the chapters sup- es and any delay in providing suffi-Sar Chapter blood bank, which sup- ply of donated blood through a cient amounts of appropriate bloodplies donated blood to the constitu- bloodletting activity. types for patients could make a lifeents of General Santos City and and death difference.SOCCKSARGEN Area, would at "Initially, we had planned tosome point in time face a crisis. But sponsor the bloodletting activity on With support from the hospitalit is never too late. February 25 this year, but we decid- administration and staff, the PNRC, ed to conduct it earlier after getting and the Samahang Magdalo - Gensan Last January 20, 2012, St. Eliza- a call from the PNRC," says Mr. Chapter, the program came into fruition after collecting sixty - five (65) bags of donated blood which were then sent to the PNRC Blood Bank. Later on February 25, another blood letting program will be con- ducted to continually pursue such endeavour. The blood letting activity is just one of the many community out- reach programs of St. Elizabeth Hos- pital, Inc. in order to show its com- mitment of service not only to the patients but also to the constituents of Gen. Santos City and the whole RONALD LIMON, RN, SEHI Safety Officer, Socksargen area. gives out a portion of his lifeblood to help increase the PNRC’s dwindling supply of donated blood. To donate blood, call (083) 552- 3162 loc.105 or 0932-694-9807.
PAGE 2 Editor’s Note C hange is G ood! M ost of us live - and even think - as if the world were static, or as if it should be. As individuals, as professionals, and as members or lead- Editor in chief: Daryl Panerio, RN ers of organizations, too often the way we act, plan, and react be- trays the assumption that tomorrow will be much like today, that well slide by Associate Editor: Levien Gail Ledesma, RN all right if we just get a little better, a little smarter, at doing what we are al- ready doing. Managing Editor: Ma. Leda Emery Yumang, RN But no! The reality is quite different. Looking back at 2011, a lot of changes Circulations MAnager: Joann Sienes, RN had transpired within our hospital. From center of safety, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Inc. advanced to center of quality. New services offered, old structures remod- News Editor: Neil Arinzol, RN elled, new rules established. We greeted new faces and even bid farewell to some of our colleagues. All of us dealt with change: some drastically, some sub- Features Editor: Argentina Roma, RN tly. Layout Artist: Juvie May Bonifacio As we look forward into the year of the water dragon: 2012 – the trends within our community, demographic forces, technological shifts – nothing sug- gests that the ride is going to be much easier. In fact, the ride is going to bePhotojournalist: Christopher John Dypiangco, RN much wilder, more turbulent than ever. But don’t fret because we will be pre- pared. Cartoonist: Crispy Mae Dequilla, RN The skills that we most need to learn in order to survive and thrive are the Editorial Consultants skills of dealing with change. An article ‘Leading a life the 5S way’ by Argentina S. Roma, tells us of a commendable Japanese practice of sorting, systematizing, Ma. Helena Veneracion-Garcia , MD sweeping, sanitizing, and acquiring self-discipline that will likely enhance service quality, productivity, safety and reliability. Our seminar on total quality man- & Ronaldo G. Veneracion, MD agement has provided us with inputs and skills on how to be of great service to our patients by doing things right the first time. Hospital activities like the Moderator/Publisher Sports Fest and Fun Run imbues the spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship among employees and organizational leaders. And as the hospital’s 50th Foun- Antonio G. Veneracion, CPA dation Anniversary comes close, more fun-filled and enriching events are ex- pected to line up this year. Staff Writers/Contributors Also, this 2012, with the help from the staff of the Corporate Planning Francis Joseph Faeldonia, RN Office, the official hospital publication – the Gazette – will not only be publish- ing through printouts but also online through the SEHI website. By embarking Mae Lomboy, RN on this task, the publication will be able to increase the expanse of its potential readers as well as show the world the beauty of St. Elizabeth Hospital. We even Kathlyn Chloe Fontanilla, RN stepped back a little to see what a bit of fine tuning we could do, and voila, we now have a new and improved Gazette. So expect the Gazette to be trendier, Mark Reuben Arat, RN friendlier, easier to read, and best of all, more informative. Desiree Joya Go, RN Change is inevitable. In as much as you want to take a halt, the world will keep on moving and you yourself will keep on moving. Change will always have Pamela Aquino, RN its ups and downs; its pros and cons. The company had already made the first step. Now, it is up to you to make yours; whether you will change gradually or incrementally – as long as you can change for the good. The GAZETTE Happy New Year and happy reading! All Rights Reserved. St. Elizabeth Hospital Inc. Regards, Daryl National Highway Cor. Santiago Boulevard General Santos City DARYL S. PANERIO, RN Tel No. (083) 552-3162 Editor-in-Chief
VOLUME III ISSUE I PAGE 3 Messages from the SEHI family On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of St. Elizabeth Hospital, Incorporated (SEHI), it is my pleasure and honor to invite you to explore through the pages of The Gazette and learn more about SEHI and its patient-centered philosophy. For almost fifty years, SEHI has been dedicated to meet the healthcare needs of the General Santos City community. This edition helps the reader to get a feel of what St. Elizabeth Hos- pital is. Each member of this newsletter is an integral part in conveying the most recent events and developments in this hospital and the General Santos City community. We hope you enjoy your journey as you go through these articles. To the Gazette team, all the best! MA. HELENA VENERACION-GARCIA, MD CHIEF OF CLINICS“Igive my congratulations to all who made the developmentof the St. Elizabeth Hospital website possible. This is one pro-ject that provides our community the opportunity to visualize the hospital’s ca-pability in terms of its services and equipment. The information that can begathered out of this newsletter will generate public impression of the hospital’scompetitive advantages.As we approach our 50th year anniversary, it is my wish that through this news-letter, the community will be more aware of its beginnings and what it is today.We have achieved our vision and we will preserve this achievement throughoutthe times. More power to St. Elizabeth Hospital, Inc., its Board of Directorsand the staff.”MARCELINO E. DOSPUEBLOS, CPAHOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR I am very pleased to extend my warm welcome to you on behalf of all the people who made St. Elizabeth Hospital, Inc.’s official publication a success. It is our aim to keep the community and the employees of SEHI informed of the latest news, developments, and undertakings of the institution. Recently, we have launched our official website, www.sehi.org.ph, to make it easier for you and our constituents to navigate through a variety of hospital-related information. RONALDO G. VENERACION, MD ASST. MEDICAL DIRECTOR
NEWSBITS PAGE 4 E the GAZETTNurses join tree planting advocacyBY ARGENTINA ROMAMORE THAN JUST KNOWING members, the Philippine Nurseshow to save patients’ lives, SEHI nurs- Association (PNA) members andes have proven that they too have the Philippine Nursing Student Associa-heart and compassion to care for the tion (PNSA) members. SEH repre-planet. sentatives were Ms. Joann Sienes, RN, Ms. Elvira Morales, RN, Mr. On January 22, 2012, SEHI nurses, Reyconrad Racosas, RN, Ms. Karlaalong with the General Santos City Matela, RN, Mr. Arthur Fernandez,Medical Society, participated in the RN and Ms. Argentina Roma, RN.Tree Planting Activity: Save the Earth Participants assembled in frontheld in a three-hectare landfill located of GENMEDEX building at around HAND-in-HAND. (Above) SEHI nurses joinat Barangay Sinawal, General Santos five in the morning. It was followed hands in protecting the environment andCity. The activity was spearheaded bythe medical society president and also by a convoy towards the area. preventing global warming thru tree planting.SEH chief of clinics Dr. Ma. Helena Amidst the pouring rain, healthVeneracion-Garcia. It was a jumpstart workers gathered all seedlings andfor Dr. Garcia’s thrust in promoting planted them across the land. Theenvironmental care and protection activity promoted camaraderieduring the course of her service. among the members of different organizations. Since most physi- The activity aimed to protect theenvironment in response to global cians brought with them their fami-warming and the alarming number of ly members, the activity alsofloods caused by illegal logging. It was served as a unique family bondingparticipated by the Medical Society experience. JCV celebrates bir thday BY NEIL ARINZOL DR. JESUS CRUZ VENERACION, MEDI- CAL DIRECTOR, celebrates his birthday last (Above) GSCMS Pres. Ma. Helena Veneracion Garcia, January 11, 2012 . Dr. J. Veneracion , who has MD carries with her the sprouts for a greener future been in the service for 49 years, is one of the through the tree planting event. pillars for the many successes achieved by the hospital. The celebration started off with a thanksgiving mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Ivan Obando, OP and Rev. Fr. Ching Salibay, OP at the hospital chapel. In attendance during the mass were the family ofDr. J. Veneracion including the numerous presence of SEHI employees and thefamily’s friends which completely filled up the chapel. A short program and a luncheon was then held at the Retro Hall whichwas highlighted by the birthday messages and wishes of the dedicated employ-ees and celebrants’ friends. Dr. Veneracion gave a short speech after the pro-gram. In his message, he challenged all the employees to have more focus ontheir work and to adhere on quality service. IN ACTION. (From Left to Right) Dr. Fe Rafael, Reyconrad Racosas, RN and Elvira Morales, RN. This year, the medical directors birthday was declared as special workingholiday.
VOLUME III ISSUE I PAGE 5RTO & NSO conduct Patient’s CouncilBY NEIL ARINZOL SEHI celebrates 49th Patronal Fiesta BY LEVIEN GAIL LEDESMATHE RESEARCH AND TRAINING OFFICE (RTO), incollaboration with the Nursing Service Office (NSO), con- NOVEMBER 17, 2011 – Employees of St. Eliza-ducted a series of patients’ council at Retro Hall, Training beth Hospital Inc. in General Santos City were in-Center, SEHI Compound as a venue for the patients to ex- volved in a series of activities in commemoration ofpress their views and opinions regarding their health condi- our patroness, St. Elizabeth of Hungary.tion and to encourage patient and family members to knowmore about their illness, get involve in their care, and create The day was started with Hataw Exercise atawareness. 4:30am and a Fun Run in downtown General Santos. After the work-out, “Kapehan sa Elizabeth” fol- Spearheaded by Ms. Czakei Faye Patino– Lardizabal, lowed where the employees gathered for a steam-RND, Research & Training Officer, several speakers were ing cup of coffee and some snacks.invited namely Dr. Annie Yabut who discussed on “Silent kill-er- Hypertension”. A fun-filled lecture about “Family Plan- At around 6:00am, free screenings for Diabetesning” was shared by Ms. Mae R. Lomboy, RN, the SEHI Lacta- and Hypertension were provided and a Gift-Givingtion specialist. Re-echoing the seminar she attended from activity followed which gave smiles to over a hun-Manila, Ms. Joann Sienes, RN lectured on “Multi-drug- dred in-patients and indigent children from all overresistant Tuberculosis in the Philippines”. Meanwhile, Dr. An- the city. A thanksgiving mass was then offered in thegelito Balay expertly tackled on “Acute Gastroenteritis afternoon attended by active employees and devo-(AGE)”. Ms. Mayniel Bayudan shows her expertise on tees of the patron saint at the hospital’s chapel.“Tuberculosis” and lastly, Dr. Ma. Antonietta Montemayor,pulmonologist, spends her time discussing on “Pneumonia”. To recognize their unwavering loyalty to St. Elizabeth Hospital Inc, thirty-two hospital personnel More lined up lectures were set early this year, Dr. who have served the hospital for ten years or moreRonaldo G. Veneracion, urologist, talked about “Urinary were awarded for their noteworthy dedication andTract Infection” last January 25, 2012. This February, Dr. An- service to the institution.alyza Galia, endocrinologist, will present her views on "SelfManagement of Diabetes”. (List of Employees Recognized and their corre- Patients, health care providers and care givers are en- sponding Length of Service)couraged to take advantage of this opportunity to receive NAME OF EMPLOYEE LENGTH OF SERVICEinformation on the latest trends of these diseases, to develop (in years)health care plans and other skills that will minimize cata- Almeria, Paquito D. 30strophic complications. The lectures will be followed by ques- Bolio, Helen B. 25tions and answers. Admission is free. Alcala, Janet M. 20 Retuya, Julio P. 20 Hataw na sa Elizabeth! Barot, Reynaldo V. 20 Caro, Eddie V. 20 BY DESIREE JOYA GO Escleto, Jocevita T. 15 Dulalas, Rey D. 15 A ccording to World Health Organization statistics, three Pelomida, Theresa C. 15 of the top leading causes of mortality in the world Angeles, Alex Sr. R. 15 include Ischemic Heart Disease, Stroke and other Bayudan, Mayniel A. 10 Cerebrovascular Diseases. It has also been reported in the Salavia, Teresa S. 10 recent news that 14 to 16 percent of Filipinos suffer from Diabe- Solivio, Ulbedina E. 10 tes. These are diseases commonly caused by a number of Niñal, Evimar G. 10 factors, many of which are preventable with life-style changes Bitalac, Joel B. 10 It has been known that a large number of people practice Cadotdot, Ramil O. 10 sedentary lifestyles at home and at work. They do not observe Reyes, Juditho L. 10 proper healthy food intake and activities that improve their car- Sierte, Dinnes L. 10 diac and metabolic functions of the body. Academia, Artemio A. 10 SEH employees are no exception to this practice. Be- Catampatan, Antonio C. 10 cause of this, the Corporate Planning Office with the approval Dorilag, Tom H. 10 of the Medical Director initiated an exercise program titled HA- Glorio, Liezl C. 10 TAW: Health Awareness Through Active Workout. Hechanova, Alvin A. 10 This program is conducted every Friday of the week, Ordiz, Loreto O. 10 which was launched last December 23, 2011. All of the employ- Laude, Santiago Jr. H. 10 ees are welcome to join the Friday activity which includes the latest workouts like Zumba, Tae Bo and the like. It is also Aballe, Faustina G. 10 planned that the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation will be Tubon, Emilia V. 10 taking part through stress relieving exercises and ergonomics Dela Cerna, Mary Grace, J. 10 to address strains built at work areas. Maningding, Cecilia L. 10 Finally the phrase, Thank God Its Friday, can be applied to Garcia, Maria Helena Veneracion 10 all of us; something to look forward to by the end of the week to Palencia, Hector Pantilan 10 help us live a healthy, active and long life.
PAGE 6 SEHI reaches out to Sendong victims Iligan City. Other deaths countdown to the 50th were tallied from other Anniversary, developed nearby affected provinces. an initiative to lend a Many more were devas- helping hand to the vic- tated by the effects of the tims of the calamity natural calamity. As a through the donation of matter of fact it had been bottled waters and kitch- officially labeled as the en utensils. A total of 219 most destructive typhoon four (4) ml and 169 six (6) that had visited the Philip- ml purified water , 100 pines for the year 2011. dozens of spoons and forks and 100 dozens of Succeeding reports plates were handed down have shown that a huge to the Philippine National number of residents suf- Red Cross General San- fer from shortages in tos Chapter last Decem- BY DESIREE JOYA GO food, shelter and other ber 8, 2012. The reliefHELPING HAND. (Above)SEHI Marketing Officer basic necessities of daily will then be delivered toJoann Sienes and Quality A DEVASTATING living. To make things the families who wereAssurance Coordinator TRAGEDY swept the worse, more and more distraught by the calamityDesiree Joya Go unload area of Cagayan de Oro people, children and adult in CDO and Iligan city.relief goods at PNRC to be and Iligan city last Decem- alike, suffer from diseasesgiven to the victims of ber of 2011. Due to the such as diarrhea due the As a way of givingtyphoon Sendong. flash floods brought about lack of clean and potable back to those who are in by Typhoon Sendong, a water and eating utensils. need, for the fifty years of total of 1,010 people died from different areas on As a result, St. Eliza- success, the people of Mindanao, which includes beth Hospital Inc., with SEHI share their blessings 650 in Cagayan de Oro the spirit of helpful giving despite the distance and City (CDO) and 283 from and in celebration of the circumstances. MRD gets 100% on PHIC BY MA. LEDA EMERY YUMANG office, spearheaded THE MEDICAL RECORDS DEPART- the conduct of the MENT, Area 5 on Information Manage- inspection. ment, gained a perfect rating among the seven critical areas on improving Ms. Liza R. Hi- quality care on the concluded March 22 dalgo, MRD head and 23, 2011 PHIC inspection accredit- reveals that on the ing Saint Elizabeth Hospital Incorpo- specific areas, analy- rated as Center of Quality. sis or chart audit and filing and retrieval, AT WORK . (Above) The MRD The Philippine Health Insurance propeled the highlight staff thoroughly auditing and Corporation (PHIC) isnt only about of the success. filing hospital documents . universal social insurance coverage. The National Health Insurane Act of “If you do not have a good filing ment and we should not stop improving 1995, explicitly mandates the PHIC to system, definitely disorder and break- even in a 100% rating." promote the improvement in the quality down will happen," she adds. The inspectors noted that the of health services through the institu- The MRD is under the umbrella of teamwork and cooperation of the heads tionalization of programs of quality as- the Assistant Medical Director, Dr. and staff alike is attributed to the strong surance. Ronaldo G. Veneracion of whom as per and consistent management support. Dr. Antoinette M. Ladio, Medical consensus of the staff is ever- specialist IV-AQAS, Jennil G. Santocil- supportive to all the endeavors without des and Ramil J. Sangco, RN, social counting the cost. He remarked, GAZETTE insurance officers of PHIC Regional “There’s always a room for improve-
VOLUME III ISSUE I S P E C I A L F E AT U R E PAGE 7 SPORTSFEST BY PAMELA AQUINO The Show Will Go On!In ness Office (the Orange team), the gust held at Big Shot Badminton Court. Nursing Service Office (the Violet team), Each sport had men and women com- an industry where staff turno- the General Service Office (the Yellow peting in teams. Emerging champion inver is but fleeting, sometimes it’s inevita- team), and the Diagnostics Department men’s badminton was the Yellow team.ble that comradeship goes weak. (the Grey team), the Sportsfest kicked The Orange team won in women’s bad- off last May 11, 2011 with the Amazing minton. The Grey team placed first in As part of an enduring tradition Race. women’s table tennis, while the Orangewhich aims to imbue the spirit of cama- team triumphed in men’s table tennis.raderie and sportsmanship among its The Amazing Race, an idea fromemployees, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Inc. Chief of Clinics Dr. Ma. Helena Venera- No event was held from Septemberlaunched its annual Sportsfest celebra- cion-Garcia, is a game that would test onwards. Indoor games such as dart andtion last May 12, 2011 during the institu- not only one’s agility and physical chess are still to be done.tion’s 49th Foundation Day celebration. strength, but also one’s intellectual acui-“The Sportsfest is not only held just ty. It was made up of three stages. The The Cheerdancing competition willbecause it is hospital tradition,” said Mr. first stage involved cleaning the entire highlight the Sportsfest celebration dur-Dennis Louie Hudieres, program organ- premises of the hospital. The second ing the finals on May 2012. Winners ofizer, “but is also held for the benefit of stage of the race was mind games such the respective events will be awardedits employees.” as puzzles and the famed Pinoy henyo. on the culmination of the Sportsfest The last stage of the games, apparently during the launching of the 50th Founda- “It gives us a chance to enjoy and the most challenging, involved catching a tion Day celebration of St. Elizabethhave fun after a day’s work. Further- pig, climbing poles, egg harvesting, Hospital, Inc.more, it gives us the opportunity to thrusting your hand into a box of cock-meet and socialize with new employees roaches to obtain a coin, and having aof the hospital,” he added. snake wrapped around your shoulders The actualization of this tradition, while answering a question.Mr. Hudieres asserted, could not have In the end, the Orange team provedbeen made possible without the help of to be the victor, winning Php 8,000.00 inthe department heads: Ms. Maieth Conlu cash. Coming in second was the Violetand Mr. Nonoy Panday from the Busi- team raking in Php 6,000.00. Third placeness Office; Mr. Joel Bitalac and Mr. was the Grey team, winning PhpArvin Pineda from the General Service 4,000.00. In fourth place was the YellowOffice; Ms. Aster May Aso and Ms. Elvira team securing themselves Php 2,000.00.Morales from the Nursing Service Of-fice; and Mr. Nards Perez from the Di- The month of June saw the bowlingagnostics. “The Sportsfest could have competition that was held at Tokyokbeen scrapped from last year’s activities Super Lanes. In the end, the Orangeif not for the insistence of the employ- team took home the crown.ees and their department heads,” re- The Oval Plaza City Court playedvealed Mr. Hudieres. host to the volleyball games that took place last July when the Yellow teamRealization seized the top spot on the said sport. Badminton and Table tennis were the A four-way battle among the Busi- sports played during the month of Au-
PAGE 8Leading a life the way BY ARGENTINA ROMA The first S is SEIRI orL SORT. It is an action to identify and eliminate unnecessary items from your work- iving in an era where every- place. A famous authorbody seems to struggle in a fast operation- once noted that we haveal pace, everyone’s focus has mostly shift- to know our purpose fored at the quality of their work and has tak- being and we should learn how to reach the end of the line feeling victorious for we have fulfilled our life’s meaning. Oftentimes, we don’t get inspired to moveen much less attention on the quality of life forward because a lot of obstacles are blocking our way. Sometimes the clutters inthey lead. Though work is an essential part our life that we needed to sort are those that are invisible to the eye yet mon-of life, it’s a different thing when you place strous enough to scare and halt us from keeping our eyes on the goal. These arethe thought the other way around. The unnecessary items that keep on holding us back. These may include fear, pride,quest for advancement in work perfor- insecurities and distorted jaded perceptions on life. Sort these things and let them go. Free yourself from unnecessary burdens that won’t take you anywhere.mance must be rooted from the desire toboost up the totality of our existence. The second S is SEITON or The third S is SEISO or In search for financial progression SYSTEMATIZED. SWEEP. It is an actionwhich may aid in economy improvement, It is an action to put every necessarystrategies had been schemed in order to item in good order. This life is yours to to clean your workplace thorough-enhance service quality, productivity, safety live. Opt to live it, the excellent way. ly. This part of the system emphasizesand reliability. One of the commendable You are endowed with opportunities that we should not wait for things to for you to take. Be the captain of your get dirty. It’s the same thing with yourprograms was the 5S process structured own ship. Plan the map of your life. life; don’t wait till everything is allby the Japanese. It is used to systematically messed up. Strive to work out things What you will become in the future isachieve total organization, cleanliness, and the fruit of your thoughts and the before problems arise. Develop atti-standardization in the workplace. Its prac- choices that you make now. So in eve- tudes that will yield career efficiencytice leads to improvement and it boosts rything you do, do it right the first and aid in nurturing your relationships time. with others.the morale of the workers, promoting asense of pride in their work and owner-ship of their responsibilities. The fourth S is SEIKETSU or SANITIZE. It is a condition where a high standard of good housekeeping is maintained. This part of the system It has been continuously promoted uses visual control signs and fool proofing to maintain outstanding work perfor-because it had generated a lot of positive mance. In this same way, we should also direct our lives with values that will help us avoid committing mistakes. Life is a game of temptations and so we have to beeffects. Looking at it closely, one will be strong and stand our grounds against it. Solely, we may be feeble but with God’sable to realize that this process could also guidance we will surely be able to combat those wicked encounters.be integrated into our personal lives. The 5S can do more than just solve The fifth S is SHITSUKE or SELF-DISCIPLINE. It is a condi-institution’s housekeeping issues and re- tion where the 4S is practiced spontaneously and willingly as a way ofsource care. The essence of the plot once life. The only way that we can sustain a worthy life is by bearing in our hearts thepracticed, could actually have a great im- weight of the lessons brought by each step. Let us walk through this life guided by these principles. Let us choose to be grateful for what we have rather than topact on each one’s journey. grumble, to respond to the needs of others than to rant about their difference and lastly, to bless the world amidst all the troubles present. From now on, be chal- lenged to become living examples of 5S. GAZETTE “The essence of the plot once practiced, could actually have a great impact on each one’s journey.”
PAGE 9 VOLUME III ISSUE I Literally Translated Public or Private?A nurse instructs a patient A patient’s relative desires toto never forget to do deep Liking it Raw transfer his patient from thebreathing exercises. “Sir, The patient‟s diet was changed fromayaw kalimot ug ginhawa- General Liquids to Diet As Tolerated ward to another room:ginhawa ha!” Nurse: “Sir, anong gusto niyong with two hard boiled eggs per day. Nurse: (instructing) “Ma‟am, pakan- room na lipatan? Private or a siya‟g itlog ha.” Watcher: “Ma‟am, luto?” suite room?” Watcher: “Public lang, Ma’am.” Soft Words As the morning shift draws to a close, the nurse-on-duty followed up the Misprinted attending physician who had not yet Nurse 1: I-start na ning tambal ni pt. ***, murag made their hospital visit. makaIELTS jud ka ani, Norwegian ingon sa face sheet. Nurse‟s SMS: “Good PM po, doc. SEH Nurse 2: (Enters the room) Good evening maam, I am go- Station ** po. Gentle reminder lang ing to give your antibiotic, but before that we have to per- po doc, not yet seen pa po si patient ***** of room ***.” form a skin test to know if you are allergic or not. Doctor‟s SMS: “Gentle reply. Coming.” (Performs the skin test)O verheard Patient: Aguyy! Sakita oi. Nurse 2: (Ngee! Bisaya man diay ni.) H E i at S One would think a hospital as a NOSE-BLEED gloomy and morbid place. But at St. Elizabeth’s, that isn’t the always case.A patient was admitted due toepistaxis. A nurse asks the moth- Wrong Guy Minus Pointser, “Ma’am, asa nagasunggo ang After being informed by the ER staff to Social worker: “Good after-bata? sa ilong?” noon, Ma’am! Pasok po prepare a complete set of oxygen for the admission, Nurse 1 began to look for kayo.” a janitorial staff. Client: “Maayong hapon, Food or Drug? Nurse 1: (spotting a male in white shirt, Ma’am. Gikan na ko ug PCSO. Mangayo unta ko ug jeans, and rubber shoes) “Sir! Sir!” During rounds, the doc- MEDICAL SUBTRACT.” tor ordered: Include ba- Male: (approaches the nurse) “Unsa, nana in the diet. Carry- Ma’am?” ing out the doctor’s or- Nurse 1: “Pabutang daw ko ug oxygen Presumably Wrong Findings der, the nurse trainee sa room ***.” asks the senior nurse, Male: (stares at Nurse 1, nods his head A patient‟s chest x-ray result showed “Ma’am, mag-drug study and walks away) no significant chest findings. Frustrat- pa ako ng banana?” ed because of the persistence of Nurse 2 to Nurse 1: “Wui! Watcher Nurse: (Drug ba ang ba- cough despite negative results, he nana???) man to ni patient *****!” vents out his feelings to the nurse. Patient: “Unsa ba na inyong x-ray? Makit-an ba na niya kung naa koy Unlikely X-ray plemas? Daghan-daghan baya akong plemas, ga-yellow na. Naabot na diri A nurse is accompanying a patient for x-ray of the sinuses. akong plemas.” (touches his cheeks Nurse: “Ma’am, patient Santos nandito na po!” and forehead) Nurse: “Maabot diay dira „tay imong Radtech: “Ah, unsa gani na iyang procedure?” plemas?” Nurse: “Ma’am, mao ni tung WATCHER’S VIEW!” (correct Patient: “Oo! Abot jud! Daghan term: Water’s View) kaayo! Unsa mana inyong x-ray mu- ingon nga wala koy pulmonary nga naa man koy pulmonary!”
A Night of Magical Christmas WRITTEN BY DESIREE JOYA GO IChapter 1: The Beginning of WonderChapter II: A Pageant of Creatures Chapter IV: The Crowning of Honours Chapter V: The True Magic of ChristmasChapter III: The Feast