The New Xavier University – Maria Reyna Hospital

Aside from the new Magis Building inside the Xavier University Campus, more exciting things are brewing for XU.

So, what’s in store for Xavier University students for this academic year? They have a new hospital. While the hospital is not literally a new one, it will provide the medicine and nursing students of the university with a base hospital where they can undergo training as part of their curriculum.

Not a lot of people know this, but last June 29, 2010, Xavier University, the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, and the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro signed a partnership to jointly own the Maria Reyna Hospital. Today, the hospital is known by its new name: Xavier Maria Reyna University Hospital.

A Look at the Xavier Maria Reyna Hospital

The Xavier Maria Reyna Hospital is a private 140-bed hospital located at Hayes St, Cagayan de Oro City. The hospital used to be owned solely by the city’s Catholic Archdiocese and was managed by the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres until last year, when the agreement with Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan came into fruition.

Today, the hospital is a private, general, tertiary hospital that does not only focus on patient treatment, but on training and teaching as well.

Medicine students of Xavier University now have their residency training programs for various fields, including family medicine; internal medicine; obstetrics-gynecology; ophthalmology; otolaryngology; pediatrics and surgery. Nursing students will likewise undergo hospital duties in the different departments of the said hospital as part of their curriculum requirement.

Plans for the Future

In the future, the hospital will see some improvements and new constructions, one of which is the Medical Arts Building. The new construction will house several specialty centers. The Medical Arts Building is envisioned to provide specialty health care to the local population, so that they can get specialized quality care without the need to go to Manila or Cebu.

With these improvements, the Xavier Maria Reyna University Hospital is envisioned to be one of the foremost medical institutions in the area, not just in terms of its advanced medical technology and superior services, but also as a place where people can get quality medical care to patients and of course, training for the students.

Members of the board have also been chosen to represent each of the three parties. To represent Xavier University, Dr. Ruth Beltran, Engr. Elpidio Paras, and Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin SJ were chosen as members of the board. For the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres – Sisters Maria Bernaldez, Zeta Caridad Rivero and Maria Bernaldez. Lastly, to represent the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, Archbishop Antonio Ledesma and Fathers Gil Escalante and Columbus Villamil were chosen as members of the board.

-Justine B. Raagas-

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