|Pasig City General Hospital Emergency Department Insignia|
|Front from left: Drs. Nitafan, Reburiano, Sarmiento, Sabarre, Avenido, Dato|
Dr. Belen immediately went to work, several plans were made, several calls to close colleagues in the field of Emergency Medicine transpired. Soon, a formal meeting of the pioneers took place, present were Dr. Pocholo Belen, Dr. Dave Dato and Dr. Nadia Sarmiento.
A start up plan was implemented, involving a change of ED consultants with background on emergency medicine and internal medicine to man the emergency room to facilitate immediate transition for full time consultant care to patients. True to his word, it was on November 1, 2007 that the initial phase of transition took place, with added expertise from Dr. Lowell Avenido, Dr. Manolito Caunti, Dr. Christopher Nitafan, Dr. Dennis Reburiano and Dr. Nerrissa Sabarre. General Physicians were hired as added manpower which later on became the first pioneer batch residents in training in Emergency Medicine of PCGH.
Mid 2008 was the second phase, to overhaul the Emergency Room Design at par to standards, Dr. Belen's plan to redesign and professionalize the emergency room was given a priority by the local government. It was also at this time that the Residency Training Program was started. Training manuals and protocols were made with the painstaking efforts of Dr. Belen, Dr. Dato and Dr. Sarmiento. Soon after, the Emergency Department of PCGH was given full accreditation by then the Philippine College of Emergency Medicine and Acute Care.
Several Milestones were made by the Department since its inception and it all started with just a simple phone call for help to a simple doctor with simple ambitions but with a BIG heart for service and honesty.
This I say, is a LEGACY, a LIFETIME achievement, BRAVO, THUMBS UP!!!! This I all say to DR. POCHOLO BELEN, my consultant, my mentor and my friend...
To my colleague and friend, DR. DAVE DATO, I salute you!!! Your unwavering wisdom shall always be remembered and passed on to future residents in training...
The Emergency Department of Pasig City General Hospital will continue to serve the public with the same enthusiasm, compassionate care, and professionalism that the AUTHORS have envisioned.