St. Luke’s Global City: The Resort Hospital
Among those most highly-anticipated projects to rise in The Fort is one of the country’s most advanced medical facilities, St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City. According to real estate analysts, the rise of this new development is a factor that could affect the prices of land and condos in The Fort. The hospital’s presence, however, would make The Fort step closer to its aim to become the next big thing among central business districts in the Philippines.
(Photo by Dex Baldon)
Strategically located at the heart of The Fort, St. Luke’s is the new branch of the popular St. Luke’s hospital chain first founded in Quezon City. It is said to be the country’s first modern biomedical research facility that aims to revolutionize the way people experience healthcare through offering services and facilities that are more reflective of a resort hotel rather than a hospital. In fact, the medical facility claims to be more equipped than 95 percent of hospitals in the United States, according to an official statement.
Goodbye hospital phobia
Instead of typical whitewashed clinics, St. Luke’s boasts of cosmopolitan furniture and pastel-embraced corridors, accentuated by fresh flower arrangements every day. There are no medicinal fumes wafting from somewhere, or stretchers rushing their way along narrow hallways and corridors. St. Luke’s aims to kiss hospital phobia goodbye through its virtually needle-free environment.
Just like in a five-star hotel, St. Luke’s has its own VIP lounges in every floor, concierge, conference rooms, bullet-speed serviced elevators, and a building for valet parking. The hospital has an international patient lounge that aids foreign travelers in hiring secretaries or interpreters, travel planning, getting airline tickets, arranging hotel reservations or land transportation, and even reserving a limousine service from the airport to the hospital, or vice versa.
The lobby of St. Luke’s Global City (Photo by Rico Quimbo)
The residents of communities in The Fort are not the only ones that will benefit from the hospital. Even non-Taguig dwellers might find the hospital accessible through the many taxis plying around the area.
St. Luke’s has a concession area with restaurants, convenience stores, cafés, and a Rustan’s flower shop. There are separate emergency rooms for adults and children, and six wards with four, well-lit, spacious rooms each. Every room in the ward has its own vault and locker. The seventh floor has a Zen garden for alternative healing and therapy, a facility that proves St. Luke’s aim to combine traditional cures to modern medicine.
The 16th floor, or the Executive Care Unit (ECU), has been called the “Sweet 16th” for housing the hospital’s suites, which aim to make a patient’s trip to the doctor feel like vacationing through their amenities like 10-seater coaches, 50-inch cable TVs, dining room, flat-screen computer with Wi-Fi connection and printer, kitchen with refrigerator and microwave oven, and bathroom with Jacuzzi and shower. Oxygen is centralized through tubes attached into wall regulators, making oxygen tanks obsolete.
The center also has independent departments for blood and marrow transplant, aesthetic surgery, obesity and weight management, breast, dermatology, and liver diseases, among others. The hospital’s adjoining Medical Arts building also has doctors’ rooms for out-patient consultations. The Wellness Center is the one-stop shop for all of the hospital’s major equipment and checkups. Among the technologies on use are a 64-slice CT scanner, 4D ultrasound, bioinformatics, and stem cell research. Through these facilities, services, and technologies, St. Luke’s hopes to become a top gun in the healthcare industry, not only in the Philippines, but in the whole world.
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