TANCHULING GENERAL HOSPITAL
The Tanchuling General Hospital is a fifty bed tertiary hospital located in the Imperial Court Subdivision in Legazpi City, Albay. Construction began in January 1971 and it opened its doors a year later in January 1972.
The hospital was first conceptualized by its founder, Dr.Vicente Nebres-Yap Tanchuling, an obstetrician gynecologist who earned his medical degree from the University of the Philippines, Manila and proceeded to finish his residency training in Kings County Hospital in Queens, New York. and his wife, Dr. Renee Baccay Tanchuling, a pediatrician who finished medical school at the University of Sto. Tomas and completed her residency training at the Cornell University Hospital in New York. It was in New York that they met, married and had their first child.
Despite their success in their respective fields, the call of their homeland was strong and they decided to move back home to Bicol. It was then that they started a Maternity and Child clinic where they would see their patients. Despite their efforts, the clinic was not as successful as they had hoped and the couple gave themselves a deadline, if in 2 years they were not able to establish a good practice they would move back to the United States where their respective hospitals were waiting for them. I was in these 2 years that the couple started to become known and the clinic became a small Maternity and Child Hospital with a 7 bed capacity. Most of their cases consisted primarily of obstetric and gynecologic cases as well as pediatric cases. As the couple’s reputation grew, so did the number of patients that would seek consult in the hospital and in 1978, the small hospital became a 25 bed secondary hospital with the new name of Tanchuling General Hospital. At this point, the hospital catered to all patients and cases, not just maternal and child. In 1984, the hospital became a tertiary hospital with a 50 bed capacity and was accredited by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), and most of the private insurance companies.
It eventually evolved into the multi-specialty hospital that it is today, with a staff of 120 nurses, medical allied, and non-medical personnel, as well as more than 100 doctors with different fields of specialty, including, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Surgery (general, orthopedic, urologic, pediatric), Anesthesia, ENT, Radiology, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine and subspecialties, including Cardiology, Hematology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonology, Infectious and Neurology. The hospital itself has a land area of 1600 sq meters and its floor area is 4200 sq meters. It contains an ER, an operating room, a delivery room, nursery, a laboratory, nursing units, including a 3 bed ICU, Radiology section where the xray, ultrasound and CT scan services are provided, as well as the hospital kitchen, pharmacy, central sterilization and supply, a chapel, consultation rooms and the business office. There are 25 private rooms and 10 semi-private rooms and the rest are ward rooms.
The hospital’s growth and expansion has been steady and progressive, in 2012 renovation of the old hospital was started and a 6 station dialysis unit was opened, headed by our current Chief of Clinics, Dr. Arnel Villanueva. In 2014, a 16 slice CT scan was purchased and has surpassed expectations in number of patients it currently caters. In 2016 the hospital started full operations on its newly renovated OR DR complex, which now caters neurosurgery cases and has an active TCVS on roster for our specialized operations aside from the general, urologic and orthopedic cases. In the same year an endoscopy unit was opened which has procedures daily, done by our expert gastroenterologists. In 2017, we opened the first out patient hematology unit which caters to patients who do out patient chemotherapy, making it more comfortable and cost-effective for our patients under the supervision of our hematologist. The hospital is currently completing renovation and is in the process of completing construction for the DOH approved increase to 75 bed capacity. The hospital remains to be dynamic adapting to the needs of our patients and community as the need arises, and it is our hope to continue the legacy of the Drs. Tanchuling in providing competent, and compassionate care to the patients of the Bicol Region and beyond.