Cardiovascular Center 2018-12-18T08:43:43+00:00

World-class Heart Care in Central Luzon

The Medical City Clark’s Cardiovascular Program offers integrated, state-of-the-art care, encompassing non-invasive diagnostics, minimally-invasive interventional services, open heart surgery, and cardiac rehabilitation.

The team has also served as a model center for heart attack and stroke cases, boasting of improved survival and enhanced quality of life for its patients.

With its expert staff of  Cardiologists, Interventional Cardiologists, Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgeons and state-of-the-art equipment, and a rapid response team, patients coming in for an acute heart attack can have a life saving procedure to open blocked arteries within minutes of being seen in the emergency room.

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The Medical City Clark

The Medical City opens another regional hospital in Clark Freeport Zone.

Good health knows no boundaries and The Medical City is proud to lead the way.

World-class hospital, The Medical City Clark (TMCC) formally opened its doors in January 2015 to serve patients in Central Luzon. TMC Clark take an immense pride in its dedication to maintain a globally competitive state-of-the-art infrastructure to match the unparalleled expertise of our medical staff.

In our commitment to provide the best diagnostic and therapeutic services to our patient partners, we unfailingly operate within a three-fold culture of care: patient partnership, leading expertise, and the only the world’s best, most advanced equipment. These are the fundamental tenents that underscore our success as a healthcare organization.

Our Cardiovascular Center Services

We take pride in the expertise of our specialists in Pediatric and Adult Cardiology, Neurovascular and Peripheral vascular catheterization, as well as in Interventional Radiology.

  • Cardiovascular Laboratories:
    • Electrocardiography (ECG)
    • Stress Test
    • Adult/ Pedia 2D Echo
    • Adult/ Pedia 2D Echo with Doppler Study
    • Stress Echo
  • Cardiac and Vascular Catheterization and Coronary Intervention :
    • Coronary Angiography & Left Heart Catheterization
    • Hemodynamic Studies & Right Heart Catheterization
    • Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty
      • Balloon Angioplasty
      • Intracoronary Stenting
      • Rotablation of Calcified Arteries
    • Balloon Valvuloplasty
    • Intra Aortic Balloon Insertion
    • Valvular & Congenital Defect Studies
    • Temporary Pacemaker Insertion
    • Pacemaker Implantation and other Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices
  • Vascular/ Peripheral Radiology:
    • Diagnostics/ Digital Subtraction Angiography
      • Cerebral Angiography
      • Renal/ Hepatic
      • Abdominal Aorta / Thoracic Aorta
      • Upper Lower/ Extremities
    • Interventional
      • Coiling Embolization
      • Embolization (Glue, Particles, Gelfoam)
  • Diagnostic Procedures:
    • Coronary Angiogram and Left Heart Catheterization
    • Hemodynamic Studies and Right Heart Catheterization
    • Four-Vessel Digital Subtraction Angiogram/ Cerebral Angiogram
  • Interventional Procedures:
    • Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty/ Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
    • Rotablation
    • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump Insertion
    • Permanent Pacemaker Implantation
    • Percutaneous Transhepatic Biliary Drainage
    • Transarterial Chemoembolization (TACE)
    • Coiling Embolization
    • Temporary Pacemaker Insertion
  • Open Heart Surgery:
    • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)
    • Off-Pump Coronary Bypass (OPCAB)

Our Specialists

We take pride in the expertise of our specialists in Pediatric and Adult Cardiology, Neurovascular and Peripheral vascular catheterization, as well as in Interventional Radiology.

Schedule: Monday & Thursday (11AM-1PM); Saturday (10AM-12NN) 

Dr.Domicias Albacite is an Internal Medicine doctor specializing in Interventional Cardiology, and Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Head of the Cardiovascular Center of The Medical City Clark.He is ranked 1, Board- Certified of the Philippine College of Cardiology and Philippine College of Physician, a member of the Philippine Society of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventions, and Philippine Society of Echocardiography.

In his seven years of dedicated practice, he has performed a significant number of IVUS Intravascular Ultrasound which is only available at TMC Clark and Coronary Angioplasty procedures. He graduated from the University of the East of Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Quezon City and finished his Interventional Cardiology Fellowship training at University of the Philippines- Philippine General Hospital, Manila. He has completed his Rotablator and IVUS Training (Rovus Training) at Boston Scientific, Miyazaki Japan in July 2015; and his Basic Interventional Cardiology Mentice program in 2010 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Domicias Albacite MD FPCP PFCC , Interventional Cardiology

Schedule: Tuesday (9AM-12NN); Wednesday (3PM-5PM)

Dr. Jose Donato Magno is an Intensivist, a Cardiologist and a Level 3 Echocardiographer at The Medical City Clark. He’s been in dedicated practice for seven years handling cardiac cases and has performed a significant number of open heart surgeries, both bypass and valve surgeries. He graduated from the University of the Philippine College of Medicine and finished his Internship at the Philippine General Hospital.

Jose Donato Magno, MD, FPCP, FPCC, FPSE, Cardiology / Echocardiography

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday(11AM-12NN)

Dr. Alano Olivas is an Internal Medicine doctor specializing in Cardiology. He is an active consultant at
The Medical City Clark. A proud member and fellow of Philippine College of Cardiology, Philippine Heart
Association, Philippine College of Physician, Philippine Medical Association, Angeles City Medical
Society, Philppine Heart Center Medical Alumni Society and Aero- Medical Association of the Philippines.

Alano Olivas, MD, FPCP, Cardiology

Schedule: Wednesday (2PM-3PM)

Dr. Frederick Gabriel is an Internal Medicine doctor specializing in Adult Cardiology. He is an active
consultant at The Medical City Clark. A member of Philippine Society of Cardiac Catheterization and
Intervention and Society of Thomasian Internist, a fellow of Philippine heart Association and Philippine
College of Physicians.

Dr. Frederick Gabriel, MD, FPCC, DPCC, Adult Interventional Cardiology

Schedule: Tuesday (2PM – 5PM); Saturday (10AM-1PM) by appointment

Dr. Claire Sebastian II is an active consultant at The Medical City Clark specializing in Adult Cardiology.
She is a member of Philippine Heart Association, a fellow of Philippine College of Physician and member
of Philippine Medical Association and Council on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Philippine Heart
Association.

Dr. Claire Sebastian II, MD, FPCP, Adult Cardiology

Schedule: Thursday (2PM-4PM); Saturday (1PM-4PM)

Dr. Cherrie Clemente is an Internal Medicine specializing in Interventional Cardiology/Critical Care. A Board Certified Cardiologist by the Philippine Heart Association and Philippine College of Cardiology and a Chief Cardiology Fellow, a three-year subspecialty fellowship in Cardiology at the Heart Institute, Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center Trainer in Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (BLS/ACLS) certified by the Philippine Heart Association (PHA), an affiliate of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) and a Member of Resuscitation Council of Asia.

Dr. Cherrie Clemente, MD, FPCP, DPCC, Adult Cardiology / Interventional Cardiology / Critical Care

Wednesday (3PM-5PM) by appointment

Dr. Peter Carlo Nierras is an Internal Medicine specializing in Electrophysiology and Cardiac Pacing. A Certified Cardiac Device Specialist by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners. A Diplomate and fellow of the Philippine College of Cardiology, Diplomate and fellow of the Philippine College of Physician, a Member of the Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society.

Peter Carlo M. Nierras, MD, FPCP, FPCC, CCDS , Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Cardiac Pacing

Schedule: Wednesday (2PM-5PM); Friday (9AM-12NN)

Dr. Jeffrey Patawaran is a Cardiac Rehab specialist at The Medical City Clark. He graduated as a Cum Laude at the University of Santo Tomas, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. He had his Residency training, Adult Cardiology fellowship and Cardiac Rehab Clinical Research Fellowship programs at The Medical City. Dr. Patawaran has handled a significant number of patients with Hypertension and Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).

Jeffrey Patawaran, MD, FPCP, FPCC, Cardiology / Cardiac Rehab Specialist

Schedule: Monday & Wednesday (2PM-4PM)

Dr. Elaine Payumo is an Internal Medicine doctor specializing in Interventional Cardiology at The Medical City Clark. She finished her training at the University of Sto. Tomas Hospital and St. Lukes Medical Center. Dr. Payumo is a fellow of the Philippine College of Cardiology and Philippine College of Physicians. She sees around 200 foreign patients annually.

Elaine Payumo, MD, FPCP, FPCC, Adult & Interventional Cardiology

Schedule: Wednesday (1PM-4PM)

Dr. Arnel Gabriel is an Internal Medicine specializing in Interventional Cardiology. He is a member of Philippine Society of Cardiovascular Catheterization and Intervention Inc. a Diplomate and fellow of the Philippine College of Cardiology/Philippine Heart Association, and Diplomate and fellow of the Philippine College of Physicians.

Dr. Arnel Gabriel, MD, FPCP, FPCC , Interventional Cardiology

Dr. Adriano Magpali Jr. is an Internal Medicine doctor specializing in Interventional Cardiology at The Medical City Clark. He is a Fellow of Philippine Heart Association/Philippine College of Cardiology (PHA/PCC), Fellow (2013-present), Philippine College of Physicians (PCP), a Member of Council on Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation Philippine Heart Association and a Member of Philippine Society of Cardiovascular Catheterization and Intervention,Inc.

Adriano E. Magpali Jr., MD, FPCP, FPCC, Interventional Cardiology

Schedule: Thursday (1PM-3PM) by appointment

Dr. Justin Yap, Pedia Cardiology

Schedule: Friday (10AM-4PM) by appointment; Saturday (8AM-12NN) by appointment

Dr. Roberto Cristobal a Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon at The Medical City Clark has been in practice for 16 years. He underwent trainings at a number of known hospitals in the Philippines namely The Medical City Ortigas, Mary Mediatrix Medical Center in Lipa City, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, East Avenue Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, and Cardinal Santos Medical Center . Dr. Cristobal attends to 100 foreign patients every year.

 

Roberto Cristobal, MD, FPCS, FPATCS, FPCC, FASCT, FACS, FSTS, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Schedule: Tuesday (10AM-2PM) by appointment; Wednesday (2PM-4PM) by appointment

 

Dr. Avelino Aventura, Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Schedule: Monday and Friday (10AM-4PM) by appointment

 

Dr. Winston Centeno, Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Schedule: Wednesday by appointment

Dr. Juan Reganion is an active consultant at The Medical City Clark specializing in Pedia Interventional Cardiology. He is the Head section of Pediatrics Invasive Cardiology at Philippines Heart Center, Sub-Section Chief and Member, Surgical Hybrid Unit, Philippine Heart Center (PHC), Treasurer and Board of Director, Philippine Society of Pediatrics Cardiology Inc., Board of Director, Philippine Society of Cardiovascular Catheterization and Intervention, Inc. a member of PSCCI committee on training and accreditation, member of Training Committee, Department of Pediatrics Cardiology, PHC, a Regular Faculty, PSCCI Annual Conventions and  International Faculty, CSI (congenital and    structure Intervention) at Asia Pacific.

Dr. Juan Reganion, MD, FPPS, FPCC, FPSCCI, Pedia Cardiology / Pedia Interventional Cardiology

Our Testimonials


Mr. Edwin Minas son of patient Eugenia Minas

My mother ( Mrs. E. G. Minas, 80y/o) undergo angiogram and angioplasty procedure last Nov. 8, 2016 @ The Medical City Clark under Dr. E. Payumo (cardio) and her team... The hospital was highly recommended by our private cardio doctor in Subic. It was a very successful procedures done to my mother! Thank you Lord! We experienced great services and good treatment from Admitting Section, Specialist Doctors ( na magagaling, mababait , madali kausap at naglalaan ng oras magpaliwanag sa kaanak ng pasyente ) ... helpful Nurses.. down to their courteous Staffs. They assisted us from billing, hotel reservation from TMC hospital to Park Inn hotel and vice versa... Thank you to that wonderful lady, she's a big help thou! Forgot her name but she gave her card to my bro- in- law. They really took care of us! Well, we'r very happy and satisfied sa maganda serbisyo at linis ng hospital and please Keep it Up! Wala po kami naging problema, hazzle or stress man. Actually my mom happily celebrated her 81st B-day last Feb. 6, 2017. She's happy and strong now! To God Be The Glory.
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Mr. Edwin Minas son of patient Eugenia Minas

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Che Lucas, daughter of Violeta Hernandez, TMC Clark's first patient who availed of the PHIC Z benefit package for CABG

"We went to TMC Clark to inquire about their PhilHealth Z package. We asked about the requirements for eligibility for the Z-benefit package then gathered and prepared all these. There was proper coordination between us and the TMC staff that's why mom was able to undergo the procedure on July 9, 2017, merely one week after we first went to TMC Clark to inquire.

We are happy with our experience at The Medical City Clark. We were treated well. They were really kind and caring to us. Akala namin mag-iiba ang treatment nila sa amin dahil under PhilHealth Z package kami pero hindi sila ganun (We thought they would treat us differently because we were under the PhilHealht Z package but they were not like that)," shared Che Lucas, daughter of Violeta Hernandez, TMC Clark's first patient who availed of the PHIC Z benefit package for CABG.
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Che Lucas, daughter of Violeta Hernandez, TMC Clark's first patient who availed of the PHIC Z benefit package for CABG

"We went to TMC Clark to inquire about their PhilHealth Z package. We asked about the requirements for eligibility for the Z-benefit package then gathered and prepared all these. There was proper coordination between us and the TMC staff that's why mom was able to undergo the procedure on July 9, 2017, merely one week after we first went to TMC Clark to inquire. We are happy with our experience at The Medical City Clark. We were treated well. They were really kind and caring to us. Akala namin mag-iiba ang treatment nila sa amin dahil under PhilHealth Z package kami pero hindi sila ganun (We thought they would treat us differently because we were under the PhilHealht Z package but they were not like that)," shared Che Lucas, daughter of Violeta Hernandez, TMC Clark's first patient who availed of the PHIC Z benefit package for CABG.

CheAnn Pagdilao, Godmother of Patient Lian Kayleen, employee of TMC Clark

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Truly God is indeed powerful, thank you for all your prayers. The entire operation was a success, thank you Lord for sharing your wisdom and love for us. Thank you for sending your angels to guide Lian and these doctors, who've been the instrument for the healing of Lian's heart but we know that you are our great doctor and healer. Truly that through Christ nothing is impossible. Thank you for your overflowing love, we 're so blessed Lord.

Again, thank you for all your prayers! And unending thanks to these doctors, Dr. Roberto Cristobal, Dr. Juan Reganion, Dr. Edgardo Cuadro, insert Dr. Wilson Centeno , Dr. Merceditas Althea Quinon, Sir Jonathan Abuang, Nursing Services, Ancillary Dept, The Medical City Clark Management and to all those who donated blood for my inaanak. I really appreciate your support. God will bless all of you because of your good hearts.

To God all be the glory!
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CheAnn Pagdilao, Godmother of Patient Lian Kayleen, employee of TMC Clark

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Truly God is indeed powerful, thank you for all your prayers. The entire operation was a success, thank you Lord for sharing your wisdom and love for us. Thank you for sending your angels to guide Lian and these doctors, who've been the instrument for the healing of Lian's heart but we know that you are our great doctor and healer. Truly that through Christ nothing is impossible. Thank you for your overflowing love, we 're so blessed Lord. Again, thank you for all your prayers! And unending thanks to these doctors, Dr. Roberto Cristobal, Dr. Juan Reganion, Dr. Edgardo Cuadro, insert Dr. Wilson Centeno , Dr. Merceditas Althea Quinon, Sir Jonathan Abuang, Nursing Services, Ancillary Dept, The Medical City Clark Management and to all those who donated blood for my inaanak. I really appreciate your support. God will bless all of you because of your good hearts. To God all be the glory!

Ms. Teresita Lagason patient underwent Angiogram and Angioplasty

"As people say, the heart is a traitor. With no symptoms at all, on November 17, 2016, two (2) days after my birthday, I suffered a mild heart attack and was confined in a hospital in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga from November 17-21, 2016. After discharge, in the morning of November 22, 2016, I again felt the chest pains and perspiration (cold sweating). I was rushed to The Medical City Clark and was immediately given the necessary medications and treatment and after the several tests, I was told that I suffered a heart attack. I was taken to the ICU and on November 23, 2016, I underwent an Angiogram and immediately an Angioplasty (Coronary Heart Disease - One Valve Disease). Life after Angioplasty is no longer the same as before the operation but with the proper diet, regular exercises and constant follow-up with the doctors and self-discipline, I can still enjoy a good life with my family and friends. Thank you. “
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Ms. Teresita Lagason patient underwent Angiogram and Angioplasty

"As people say, the heart is a traitor. With no symptoms at all, on November 17, 2016, two (2) days after my birthday, I suffered a mild heart attack and was confined in a hospital in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga from November 17-21, 2016. After discharge, in the morning of November 22, 2016, I again felt the chest pains and perspiration (cold sweating). I was rushed to The Medical City Clark and was immediately given the necessary medications and treatment and after the several tests, I was told that I suffered a heart attack. I was taken to the ICU and on November 23, 2016, I underwent an Angiogram and immediately an Angioplasty (Coronary Heart Disease - One Valve Disease). Life after Angioplasty is no longer the same as before the operation but with the proper diet, regular exercises and constant follow-up with the doctors and self-discipline, I can still enjoy a good life with my family and friends. Thank you. “

Press Releases:

TMC Clark Philhealth Z Package Cares for the Heart

The Medical City Clark (TMC Clark) is now an accredited facility for the delivery of PhilHealth Z Benefit Package for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). PhilHealth will cover as much as P550,000 for member patients needing a coronary bypass.

In order   to help  achieve  Universal  Health  Care  for  all  Filipinos  and  true  to  its   aspiration of ensuring that “Bawat Pilipino, Miyembro; Bawat Miyembro, Protektado; Kalusugan Natin, Segurado,” PhilHealth issued a call for private health care institutions such as TMC Clark to apply for contracting services for the delivery of any of its existing Z Benefit Packages.

Who are eligible for the Z benefit packages?

Only standard-risk outpatients are eligible for this package as determined by the screening committee from the TMC Clark Department of Cardiology together with the Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgeons (TCVS) who shall then refer the patient to the PhilHealth Officer for completion of requirements.

What are the requirements for eligibility for the Z-benefit packages?

Prior to completing the requirements, the patient must qualify under the inclusion criteria for elective CABG as assessed by the screening committee. An approved pre-admission assessment checklist, pre-authorization form and other PhilHealth forms are necessary for approval of application for Z-benefit package. The pre-authorization from PhilHealth, based on the agreed selection criteria, is required for approval, for the Z-benefit package.

What are required for approval of application for Z-benefit package for CABG Surgery?

The patient must submit the following documents to the PhilHealth Officer.

  • MDR Form
  • Member Empowerment Form
  • Approved Pre-Admission Assessment Checklist (Signed by Attending Cardiologist & Surgeon)
  • Pre-Authorization Form (approved by Hospital Director)
  • PhilHealth ID
  • Signed Patient Educational Brochure
  • CF1/CF2
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Services:
    • VI.I Phase I: In- hospital Phase (ICU, Private Room or Ward)Initial health education and psychological evaluation is performed or done.VI.II Phase II: Out-Patient PhaseThis phase starts one-two weeks after hospital discharge. Group exercises are done three times a week for 16 sessions.Exercise Services:
      • Calisthenics
        • Aerobics
          • Flexibility
          • Telemetry –monitored exercise training
          • Prescription or instruction for independent maintenance of exercises (e.g home exercises)
          • Professionally supervised exercise training
          • Resistance/ Strength training
          • Submaximal fitness testing
          • Stress Testing
          • Stress Management

         Education, Counselling and Behavioral Services:

      • Orientation to cardiac rehabilitation
        • Risk factors for heart disease and lifestyle modification
          • Anatomy of the Heart
          • Psychological Referral
          • Understanding your medications
          • Benefits of exercise and the heart
          • Dietary education
          • Diabetes, Hypertension and Smoking Cessation
          • Weight Loss program, Return to work, Spiritual Counselling (optional)

      VI.III Phase III: Out-Patient Maintenance

      • Continuation phase lasting for three months
      • Group exercises at 3 times a week
      • Focus on risk factors and lifestyle modification

Cardiac Rehab A Work of Heart

Getting back to your normal life after a heart attack entails quite a process. It starts with lifestyle modification and physical activities.

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to get into a cardiac rehabilitation program, a medically supervised program to help you improve your health and well-being and change your lifestyle habits through exercise training, education and counselling.

At The Medical City Clark, Cardiac Rehabilitation is a customized program of exercise and education, the goal of which is to help patients regain strength, prevent their condition from getting worse as well as to reduce the risk of future heart problems. TMC Clark’s Cardiac Rehabilitation & Secondary Prevention Program or CARES ads up to a better quality of life.

TMC Clark’s CARES is managed and supervised by a multi-disciplinary team led by Dr. Jeffrey F. Patawaran and composed of cardiologists, physiatrists, psychiatrists, nurses, physical therapists, dieticians, pharmacists, and other allied health workers. Dr. Patawaran is a Cardiologist and a Cardiac Rehab specialist.

The Medical City Clark’s Cardiovascular Center Offers World Class Services for Open Heart Surgery

The Off-pump Coronary Artery Bypass is a faster, safer, and less costly surgical procedure for heart patients

The Medical City Clark’s (TMC-Clark) Cardiovascular Center continues to provide residents of Central Luzon with world-class and advanced services for open heart surgery as it offers all the benefits of the Off-Pump Coronary Bypass (OPCAB).

Here are 5 facts about OPCAB to shed some light on what it is all about, shared by the experts from The Medical City Clark’s Cardiovascular Center.

It is performed by expert doctors from TMC-Clark’s Cardiovascular team.

TMC-Clark houses a team of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgeons who are locally and internationally accredited on their sub-specialties, a cardiovascular anesthesiologist and an in-house cardiac critical care intensivist who perform OPCAB surgeries. These doctors were trained in the Philippine Heart Center and are internationally recognized fellows from the American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Asian Society of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.

It is accessible to North and Central Luzon residents.

Heart diseases has remained one of the top causes of mortality in North and Central Luzon. These trained doctors with the same level of expertise as Metro Manila doctors cater to North and Central Luzon residents due to this rising need in heart surgeons in the area. High quality medical services are not only found in Metro Manila. The Medical City Clark offers the same high quality surgery with less cost for the patient. People in Central Luzon now have easier access to world-class medical services especially when there is increased connectivity through nearby airports as well as expressways such as NLEX and SCTEX.

High-risk patients are eligible for this operation.

The heart-lung machine used in Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgeries could be harmful since it increases the risk of a heart attack, more commonly in high-risk patients, as it needs to arrest the heart. OPCAB performs the procedure while the heart is still beating, overruling the need to use a heart-lung machine. High-risk cardiac operation are now managed with expertise. Not using the heart-lung machine in most of the procedure will now remove its bad effects resulting early patient’s recovery and early return to work.

It results to a faster recovery time.

Due to previous fact, it results in a much faster recovery time for patients. Those who undergo the OPCAB surgery usually recover within 5-7 days after the surgery. In addition to that, OPCAB surgeries has the same success rate as CABG surgeries at 99%.

It costs less

OPCAB requires fewer anesthesia and without the added cost of the heart-lung machine, it lessens the expenses of the patient. Since the recovery time is also shorter, there is less hospital room costs. The Medical City Clark also offers the best package for catastrophic illnesses including coronary bypass graft with the PhilHealth Z Benefit, which lowers the cost to ₱650,000 and PhilHealth shouldering ₱550,000. The patient only needs to pay a total of ₱100,000 for the operation.

OPCAB is a proven surgical procedure that has successfully treated many patients with coronary heart diseases. With its well-trained doctors and world-class facilities and equipment, patients of The Medical City Clark are sure to receive the best treatment possible closer to home.

TMC Clark PhilHealth Z Package Cares for the Heart

In July 2017, 64-year-old Violeta Bagtas Hernandez and her family travelled from Bataan province to Quezon City to consult a cardiologist about her heart condition. Hernandez was previously diagnosed with a coronary artery disease.

Coronary artery disease is the narrowing or blockage of the artery or arteries supplying blood to the heart muscle. This narrowing is caused by plaques, which are cholesterol deposits on the vessel wall, resulting in abnormal and gradual thickening of the lining of the heart arteries which is a condition known as atherosclerosis. The narrowing usually develops slowly over many years.

The heart has three main coronary arteries. Patients are said to have single, double, or triple-vessel disease, depending on the number of vessels that are narrowed. In the case of Hernandez, it was a triple-vessel disease. She was already experiencing symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath. In medical terms, this is called angina.

Hernandez’ cardiologist, Dr. Roberto Cristobal, suggested to them to go The Medical City (TMC) Clark instead of spending almost three hours on the road going to the Quezon City based hospital.

TMC Clark is located at the Global Gateway Logistics City, a 177-hectare master planned logistics and business center inside the Clark aviation complex. It is one of the provincial hospitals of the country’s largest health network, The Medical City.

Nag alala kami noong una dahil hindi namin afford sa TMC Clark (We were hesitant at first because we could not afford it in TMC Clark),” said Ms. Che Lucas, Hernandez’ daughter.

Dr. Cristobal however told them that TMC Clark is now an accredited facility for the delivery of PhilHealth Z Benefit Package for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). PhilHealth will cover as much as P550,000 for member patients needing a coronary bypass.

The Z Benefit Packages, designed to address catastrophic illnesses, were initially available in selected government hospitals nationwide. It was designed for the treatment of breast and prostate cancer, acute lymphocytic leukemia, ventricular septal defect, tetralogy of fallot, coronary artery bypass graft, selected orthopaedic implants, among others. PhilHealth’s move to invite private hospitals hopes to increase accessibility and provide more options for its members.

In order to help achieve Universal Health Care for all Filipinos and true to its aspiration of ensuring that “Bawat Pilipino, Miyembro; Bawat Miyembro, Protektado; Kalusugan Natin, Segurado,” PhilHealth issued a call for private health care institutions such as TMC Clark to apply for contracting services for the delivery of any of its existing Z Benefit Packages.

With this latest development, TMC Clark makes its world-class cardiovascular services more accessible to patients in Central Luzon and nearby provinces. Patients in need of a coronary bypass need not go to Metro Manila hospitals to undergo this life-saving procedure.

“We went to TMC Clark to inquire about their PhilHealth Z package. We asked about the requirements for eligibility for the Z-benefit package then gathered and prepared all these, “said Ms. Che Lucas.

“There was proper coordination between us and the TMC staff that’s why mom was able to undergo the procedure on July 09, 2017, merely 1 week after we first went to TMC Clark to inquire,” she added.

Hernandez was discharged from the hospital on July 15, 2017. She lauded and thanked the hospital’s Cardiovascular Center team who attended to her led by Dr. Cristobal for her successful operation.

“They are all competent, generous and caring,” said Hernandez.

Ms. Che Lucas also expressed gratitude to her mother’s doctors, nurses, and the rest of the staff who took care of Hernandez.

“We are happy with our experience here at The Medical City Clark. We were treated well. They were really kind and caring to us. Akala namin mag iiba ang treatment nila sa amin dahil under Philhealth Z package kami pero hindi sila ganun (We thought they would treat us differently because we were under the Philhealth Z package but they were not like that),” shared Ms. Che Lucas.

Hernandez said she feels a lot better and stronger now. She and her family are now at ease knowing that they can always count on TMC Clark for their healthcare needs.

TMC Clark has a Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Center (MCC) that offers the following services for:

  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Acute Heart Attacks
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Permanent Pacemaker Implantation
  • Temporary Pacemaker Insertion

For inquiries, please call TMC Clark Cardiovascular Center at 045-598-4000 or 0916-448-8046.