The soft opening of Lanang Premiere Doctors Hospital, Inc. (LPDHI), the hospital component of Megaworld Corporation’s Davao Park District township project, could take place this year.
Lemuel Podador, chairman and CEO of LPDHI, told Edge Davao in a interview that from the total capacity of 250 beds, the facility will initially start with 100 beds at the lower ground.
“Probably the whole building will be completed but the operation will be partial and will be on the lower ground. We’ve just done our topping off last week and we are looking at the possibility to do the soft opening this year if God- willing,” Podador said.
The 14- storey building, which includes a helipad, is now 70% complete, according to Podador who also revealed that they are now awaiting the arrival of medical equipment from abroad.
“We are trying to give Davaoenos the best. We want to be the best. We cannot discount that there are other hospitals that also carry best equipment but we have to adjust so that we can be at par with competitors,” he said.
He said the hospital’s line of specializations will be finalized by Dr. Jojo Aquino, president of LPDHI.
“As far as we are concerned we are into all different specializations,” he said.
Podador said they are also positioning LPDHI for medical tourism facility.
“It will cater to all walks of life. I have instructed our medical board that we will give our patients the best rate and service,” he said.
After the building’s completion, the next step would be to make some expansions. He said they will be adding a five-storey building beside the hospital for doctors’ clinics, a heart center, orthopedics center, and dialysis center.
Podador said the total investment will reach around P5 billion to P6 billion including the state-of-the-art medical equipment. He said they are expecting to have a grand opening by July next year.
The medical facility is also envisioned as a “green building” with some environment-friendly features such as positioning of the rooms in such ways that it will not be directly hit by sunlight, construction of the windows that will enable natural ventilation, utilization of solar panels for power, using recycling sewage treatment plants that will utilize wastewater in restrooms, and installation of chilled water system for cooling the whole facility.
Davao Park District is envisioned to be Davao City’s central business district (CBD) and a major center for information technology and business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) in Mindanao. It is located at S.P. Dakudao Loop in Lanang, Davao City which used to be the Lanang Golf and Country Club.