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A smiling face is the mirror of our body and can heal sick patients” – Last March I came here for check-up. I was then referred to Dr. Espinosa so I went to his clinic. He sent me back here for EEG. The staff downstairs at the front office did the EEG for me right away so I had the time to go back to Dr. Espinosa who interpreted the result. It was done so fast that we had the time to go back to Ilocos that same day. I thank the staff very much. To Lorma as a whole, thank you so much and may God bless you all. All the staff and employees of Lorma Hospital are very friendly. I’m very glad to see their smiling faces every morning. Keep up your good work!!!
- Patient Rm 426.

Thank you for my pleasant stay at Lorma. Keep up the excellent care & service. Dr. Nelson Gundran is very patient, good physician. He listens well to patient’s complaints. He shows happy disposition. Hope he’ll be a fellow soon.
Thanks doctor!
– From Executive Suite G

“I have been supplied with newspapers everyday. I had been to big and modern hospital in Manila, and it’s only here that we are given newspaper.  Nursing personnel – prompt in doing things for patients’ comfort.  Very good big, and clean trash cans." 
- From Exec. Suite E

“My thanks to Dr. Gamboa and MCO in the ER who gave a helping hand during my life and death situation. I can’t forget all of you who gave me my second life and of course to our beloved God Almighty who used your hospital to help me survive. I was so satisfied. In behalf of my small kids, husband and my relatives, thank you very much! God bles you all!” – From 2A (Ward)

Lorma hospital has improved a lot when it comes to services. The personnel are so caring and they always offer a friendly smile. I am happy to see some interns who were my former students in high school. They are so cheerful and fresh looking which help the patients recover fast. LORMA EXCELLENT! – From Rm. 222


About Lorma Medical Center ►►

History of Lorma | Administration | Accreditations

Lorma Medical Center has been at the forefront of providing quality medical care since its founding in 1934.  From a small wooden clinic, the institution has grown both in size and capabilities over the years.  The hospital's hallmark for the past seven decades has been one of service.  The patient has come first at Lorma, and no needy patients have ever been refused care due to financial problems.

Through the years, the hospital has gradually built up its services, employee skills, equipment and medical staff.  So that today, it offers complete services at par with that found in other medical centers.

Those patients needing treatment no longer have to travel to Manila for excellent medical care.

The doctors and nurses keep abreast of the latest advances in medical science by attending scientific conferences, observing at other hospitals here and abroad, and reading new books and journals in all branches of medicine. The nursing service and other units of the hospital are also being continually improved.

Lorma has an outreach program that provides charity medical services to the outlying barrios. The LORMA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION, operational in 1986, provides health care, income generating, educational and development assistance to the rural communities of La Union. This program is funded by the Lorma, foreign donors and by civic minded individuals from the Ilocos Region.

The hospital is now a modern 200-bed medical center with about 350 workers, an average of about 3 workers for every patient. It IS accredited by the Employees' Compensation Commission and the Philippine Medicare Association and licensed for tertiary (the highest) level of services by the Ministry of Health. The hospital is departmentalized containing separate rooms and wards for surgical and medical cases. In 1970, it was adjudged as the Most Outstanding in the Philippines in Community Service.

Services covered include Special and General Surgery, Neuro-surgery , Cancer treatment, Obstetrics, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine, Children s Diseases, Well-Baby Clinic, Family Planning, Blood, Heart and Lung Diseases, (X-ray), Anesthesiology, EENT. Diseases, Psychiatry, Respiratory Therapy, Dermatology, Neurology, Dentistry Family Medicine.

Clinical services and facilities include modern air-conditioned operating rooms for abdominal, cancer, orthopedic, urology, and neurosurgery, plastic and chest surgery, and operative gynecology and obstetrics. Lorma has a modern Central Supply Unit wherein hospital equipment are sterilized. Needles and syringes are all properly disposed to prevent cross infections. It has several electrocardiographs, a Pulsar portable Cardio-resuscitation system consisting of a defibrillator. Recent new equipment purchases include 5 cardiac monitors, a volume ventilator, and a very powerful electro-cautery machine for urinary and other surgical procedures.

The hospital has acquired in 1997 a powerful General Electric X-ray machine. This unit has an image intensifier, television monitor, spot film device, a motorized electric table and an automatic cassette changer. This 1000 MA unit is the only one of its kind outside of Manila. It is able to perform the most complicated of procedures. Also since it is so strong, the amount of radiation dose is greatly lessened. Very special diagnostic procedures such as angiograrns are now possible.

Lorma’s NICU / transition staff is on duty 24 hours a day. It has several modern electric incubators for premature babies. There is a separate air-conditioned delivery room attached to the OR department.

The laboratory has 16 full-time medical technologists and facilities for routine and special examinations for blood, urine, stool and other specimens including some highly sophisticated examinations that are not commonly available. In June 1980, Lorma established the first pathology department in the Ilocos Region. Now histopath specimens can be examined immediately without the need to send them to Manila. The pathologist, who visits the hospital, consults with the patient's doctor to discuss difficult cases. Also, for the first time in the area, PAP smear exams can be done on site to detect cervical cancer in women…. Another major equipment acquired by the laboratory department is a blood gas analyzer. This is useful in the treatment of serious patients, and is unique in Northern Luzon. The hospital also does a complete line of test for cancer, thyroid disorders and other specialty exams not usually found in other hospitals.

Another new piece of equipment at Lorma is the ULTRASOUND Radiology SCANNING MACHINE. This unit is employed in diagnostic tests of the upper abdomen, the heart and obstetric and gynecological cases. This unit is the only one in the area fully capable of doing highly professional Echo-.cardiography exams,  including color studies. The hospital operates an EEG unit. This is used to diagnose injuries or other impairments to the brain. It is one of the few units outside of Manila. The hospital recently acquired a GASTROINTESTINAL  FIBERS.COPE (GASTROSCOPE) the newest fiber-optic instrument for the diagnosis and treatment of most diseases of the esophagus, stomach and small Intestine for in and out-patients. The only unit available in the province and in the Ilocos.

The hospital's INTENSIVE CARE/CORONARY CARE UNITS at the ICU were brought on line several years ago. It has the most modem, up-to-date treatment facilities for patients suffering from heart and other serious illnesses. It contains modem equipment such as a piped-in oxygen supply to assure a continuous flow of pure oxygen, piped-in automatic suction units with regulators, heart monitors, emergency crash cart and doctor call system to meet respiratory and cardiac emergencies, a volume ventilator, a defibrillator, 3 respirators, and a thermal draining unit. Highly skilled and specially trained nurses are assigned at a central station, with a view to all beds, are there to assist in the needs of the patients. Recently installed is the HTS 220 Central Station/Portable Telemetry Monitor -the most modern unit in evaluating critically-ill patients.

Fully air-conditioned with a sound-proof environment, the lCU composed of a - 2-bed Cardiac Unit, a 3-bed stroke unit, a 4-bed ICU ward, and -bed Coronary Care Unit. All beds are the intensive-care type, each of which can be placed in 12 different positions depending upon the patient's medical requirement. Since patients in this area require more rest and quiet atmosphere, only one watcher is allowed for ward patients and two for private rooms at the same time, and visiting hours have to be strictly followed, which are 10- 11 :30 a.m. and 3 -5 p.m.

A modern Computerized Tomography machine is located in the hospital. It produces excellent images of the brain and other internal organs. It is very usefully to the medical staff for diagnostic purposes. Patients come from areas as far away as Laoag and Baguio.

The hospital's OPD SURGICAL UNIT was opened a few years ago to provide a less expensive, faster, and more convenient way to have minor surgeries. The unit is air-conditioned and is fully equipped for such procedures.

Other hospital facilities include a pharmacy, business office, an out-patient department which provides a television set which we either show films or regular TV program for patients and their companions while waiting for their turn, separate emergency room, patient companions' kitchen, hospital chapel, dietary department, library and medical records department, a maintenance and transportation department, physical therapy, Chaplaincy and Patient Relations.

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