Joni Villanueva General Hospital Expansion to elevate status to Level 2 by December 2024

Senator Joel Villanueva has praised the expansion of the Joni Villanueva General Hospital (JVGH), highlighting that the enhancement of its critical care facilities will elevate the hospital to a Level 2 status by December 2024.

Villanueva, alongside local officials and hospital executives, inaugurated the JVGH’s new third floor, which now includes three operating rooms, a five-bed intensive care unit (ICU), a surgical ICU, and a medical ICU.

“Ito po sana ang mga kwarto na gugustuhin natin na walang laman.  Pero sa mga hindi maiiwasang pagkakataon, ito rin po ang kwarto na sasagip sa buhay ng ating mga kababayan,” he said.

“Bulakenyos and other patients in need of emergency care will no longer have to travel far. The upgrade and expansion of JVGH aim to provide immediate life-saving interventions accessible to our people,” the senator added.

Villanueva also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between JVGH and several Bulacan towns to implement the Medical Assistance to Indigent Patients (MAIP) program, valued at P20 million.

The seven municipalities benefiting from the program are Bocaue, Guiguinto, Hagonoy, Marilao, Obando, Pandi, and Plaridel.

Present at the MOA signing were Department of Health (DOH) Region 3 Director Corazon Flores, Bulacan 5th District Representative Ambrosio “Boy” Cruz Jr., Obando Mayor Ding Valeda, Plaridel Mayor Jocell Vistan, Norzagaray Mayor Merlyn Germar, and JVGH Medical Center Chief Dr. Renelyn Tungol.

Established through Republic Act No. 11720 which was signed into law on April 22, 2022, JVGH is the first public hospital in Bulacan province to be operated by the DOH.

During the event, JVGH also received its certificate of accreditation from PhilHealth as a primary healthcare facility.

The DOH central office funded the P40 million cost of construction for the hospital’s third floor facilities through the department’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program.

Spanning 9,425 square meters, JVGH is also the first public hospital in Bocaue with an 81-bed capacity. The entire lot was donated by the Villanueva family and named after the senator’s sister, Joni Villanueva, who was serving as the Mayor of Bocaue when she passed away on May 28, 2020.

“We hope Mayor Joni’s character and traits will guide JVGH staff to always provide quality service to those in need of healing and recovery,” Villanueva concluded.