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CMC Newsletter - 2016 2nd Edition

Dept. of Pediatrics: 22nd Scientific Symposium “[email protected]



Department of Pediatrics

22nd Scientific Symposium [email protected]

Over the years, Capitol Medical Center has grown, providing continuous quality healthcare service in the country.

In line with its 47th anniversary celebration, the Department of Pediatrics is inviting everyone to attend its 22nd scientific symposium entitled “[email protected]: Integrating Laboratory Examinations Into Pediatric Practice”. Topics to be discussed are “ABCs of CBC” by Dr. Rodelia G. Lacson, “Cardiac Evaluation: When are EKG & 2D Echo Needed?” by Dr. Martha Socorro M. Santiago, “Fecalysis & Liver Function Tests: A Review” by Dr. Marilou G. Tan, “Value & Interpretation of Neurologic Diagnostic Procedures” by Dr. Marissa B. Lukban, “Urinalysis Revisited” by Dr. Esther U. Tan-Medina, “Basic Infectious Workup: A Review” by Dr. Edna P. Sunga-Mallorca, and “Proper Utilization of Chest X-ray & ABG” by Dr. Arnel Gerald Q. Jiao, along side are 3 symposia on “Continuing Management of Typhoid Fever and Pneumonia”, “Debunking Hard Core Concerns in Infantile Constipation” and “Amino Acids”.

The event will be held on June 14, 2017, from 8:00am to 5:30pm at the Novotel Manila, Araneta Center Cubao, Quezon City.

For more inquiries, you may contact any pediatric

resident at 372 – 3825 local 1747/1414, 0917–892–1591 or

0917–892–1592 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. CPD

units: PPS 10.5/CME units: PMA 45/PAFP 10 category 2.


Dr. Thelma Navarrete-Clemente

TNC1October 11, 2016 marked the 95th birthday of CMC’s Founder and Chairman of the Board Dr. Thelma Navarrete-Clemente.  The celebration’s theme, “A MILLION THANKS” conveyed her heartfelt gratitude to her Creator, Family, Friends and Colleagues in the Medical Field not only for long life but for a meaningful journey making her an ICON in the healthcare industry.   Her smile manifested not   just happiness but most of all, fulfillment knowing that she was able to carry out her mission to make a difference in other peoples’ lives. While visitors were sharing their personal experiences with her during her heydays, she was a picture of a Celebrant beaming with pride and satisfaction, knowing, that she was able to impart her knowledge, expertise and service dedication to those around her and all these years, her efforts have paid off.   

Barely 28 days after the grand celebration, Dr. TNC as she is fondly called drifted peacefully to join our Creator leaving behind a bereaved community and a bucket full of memories that will remain in the hearts of the people whose lives she has touched.  The CMC workforce mourned her demise, and gathered together to say their last goodbye during the funeral march to the North Cemetery. In trying to cope with the loss of our Beloved TNC the CMC family can’t help but reminisce the good old days when she was hands on, teaching the value of hard work to the employees and consistently reminding them to practice Good Manners through the Annual Meetings done every January. Her compassionate treatment to every patient is imbibed in the hearts of the Doctors and Nurses whom she has trained to render Tender Loving Care (TLC) to everyone regardless of their color and belief.

TNC2She did not content herself in realizing the CMC goals instead she spread her reach to the community to make sure that those with health issues are properly attended. She did not leave any stone unturned much more she tried to exhaust all possible means to achieve set goals taking CMC to greater heights. Popularly known as Lola to CMC’s Rank and File employees, TNC is oftentimes the Santa Claus at Christmas time who painstakingly initiates gift giving activities to Residents and Interns, Employees and those significant others who are in need.  With all the merits, awards and accomplishments she has received in her lifetime, she did not forget to appreciate the support of her people, to the extent of naming those who have played a vital role in all her projects. Busy as she could get, she never forgets special occasions/dates of celebration especially of the people who worked closely with her.  She embodies the totality of a WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE by being a mother, friend, counselor, mentor and a buddy in any group undertaking.  A Good Doctor, Role Model may be GONE leaving behind a legacy of KINDNESS, AND SERVICE EXCELLENCE.  Memories and good deeds etched in the hearts and mind of people will make her UNFORGETTABLE!

TNC3October 11, 1921 - November 09, 2016



































Farewell… Two other doctors from CMC’s roster have been called to Join God’s Healing Team in Heaven.  They are:



He was under CMC’s Department of Medicine for the past 27 years. Knownas a friendly and amiable person, he is loved by his fellow Doctors and CMC employees as well.

August 13, 1958 – June 25,2016




She practiced under the Department of Ob-Gyn for 39 years and a stockholder for 24 years.

August 21, 1934 – October 2016 



Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of 3. Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, 


communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non – verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. They often suffer from numerous co-morbid medical conditions which may include: allergies, asthma, epilepsy, digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, feeding disorders, sensory integration dysfunction, and sleeping disorders.


Diagnosing an Autism is often a two-stage process. The first stage involves general developmental screening during regular child check-ups with a Pediatrician. Children who show some developmental problems during a checkup are referred for additional evaluation. The second stage involves a thorough evaluation by a team of doctors with a wide range of specialties. After further evaluation, a child may be diagnosed as having ASD or another developmental disorder.



Children with ASD can typically be diagnosed by age 2, though recent research suggests that some screening tests can be helpful as early as 18 months or younger. Many people—including pediatricians, teachers, and parents—may minimize signs of ASD at first, believing that children will “catch up” with their peers. While you may be concerned about labeling your child with ASD, the earlier the disorder is diagnosed, the sooner specific interventions may begin. Early intervention can reduce or prevent the more severe disabilities associated with ASD. Early intervention may also improve your child’s IQ, language, and everyday functional skills.

For more information on ASD you may visit CMC’s Child Development Section at the CMC OPD complex, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City or you may call 3723825 to 44 local 1120. You may also visit Dr. Agnes G. Falcotelo and Dr. Marcelino G. Reysio-Cruz. CMC Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics consultants.

Women’s Health Care

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

womens health1In keeping with the tradition of excellence in the delivery of total quality healthcare, the Department of OB-GYN of Capitol Medical Center offers total healthcare center for women consisting of Reproductive, Endocrinology & Infertility, Menopause Management, Hysteroscopy, Cancer Clinic (Colposcopy, Comprehensive Cancer Check for women, Sonomammogram, Breast Ultrasound), Infectious Disease Clinic and High-Risk Obstetrical care highlighted by continuous surveillance of would-be mother and fetus complete with fetal monitor.

The Ob-Gyn Department aims to provide continuing and advanced reproductive health, through accessible, attainable and affordable health care delivery systems. It believes in the principle that reproductive health begins in the womb and ends in the tomb.

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CMC Dept. of Ob-Gyn (L to R seated) Drs. Ma. Luisa Acu (Dept. Vice-Chairman), Milagros Cantre, Rogelio Mendiola, Lilia Luna (Board Member), & Lourdes Manlongat.  (L to R standing) Drs. Imelda Dalmacion, Roselyn Garcia, Marissa Huerto, Aurora Quiambao (Dept. Chairman), Ma. Theresa Bongala, Roselyn Navarro, Ma. Ana Villaraza, Ma. Carla Chua, Alexandra Mallari, Ma. Estrella Flores (Training Officer), & Shierly May Del Rosario, Abelsenia Noche all are Fellows of Philippine Obstetrics and Gynecology Society (FPOGS)


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The department has board-certified general Ob-Gyn practitioners who regularly update themselves on continuing education in the specialty.

It’s out-patient and emergency sections provide updated ambulatory Ob-Gyn services under the supervision of qualified and available consultants. It has subspecialty sections in perinatal care (high - risk unit), reproductive endocrinology and infertility, menopause, adolescence, oncology, endoscopy, ultrasound and urogynecology. These subspecialties are manned by qualified and competent Obstetrician-Gynecologists who had undergone extensive trainings.

womens health4The High Risk Pregnancy Unit caters to high risk pregnant mothers and their fetuses, women who are infertile and with gynecologic problems.  It has a 2-bed maternal unit equipped with both maternal and fetal monitors. A portable ultrasound machine is readily on hand to check fetal status. High-risk pregnant women admitted to this section are closely monitored by a Primatologist, Resident Doctor and Nurses trained in the subspecialty of Maternal Fetal Medicine.


womens health5The Labor / Birthing Room is designed for maximum comfort. Theroom provides the most modern medical equipment and hand in hand with best trained doctors, ensure the safest, and painless deliveries. To make the experience more memorable, the husband and fathers-to-be can be present during delivery with their wives and during recovery with their newborn. Equipped with fully automatic birthing bed, piped-in oxygen and fetal monitors. Room amenities include table, TV, telephone, refrigerator, dining table and sofa bed.

womens health6Minimally Invasive Surgery / Laparoscopy probably is the most common surgical procedure performed as part of the infertility evaluation and generally regarded as the definite test for the evaluation of tubal factors. It is usually performed under general anesthesia and involves the thorough exploration of the pelvis organs (uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and peritoneal surfaces) and documentation of tubal patency.

Hysteroscopy is performed at the hospital under conscious sedation or general anesthesia. In this setting operative procedures such as the removal of polyps, fibroids (submucosal) and scar tissue (adhesions) can be performed. In addition, operative hysteroscopy is performed for the treatment of a congenital malformation of the uterus called a septum. The Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy services aid in the over-all diagnosis and treatment of women.

womens health7The Ob-Gyn Ultrasound Section is fulfilling its commitment in providing quality healthcare by giving the best imaging technique needed by the woman in all stages. Our ultrasound examination uses the latest technology. The machines provide a wide range of imaging technology including 3D/4D/5D scanning capability. All of our ultrasound scans are carried out by the best Sonologists in the country. The facility is accredited by the Philippine Society of Ultrasound in Ob-Gyne (PSUOG).

womens health8The Digital Mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce images that are displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor and stored like other computer files. The mammography remains the gold standard for screening early stage of breast cancer. It is the most imaging tool used in the detection of breast cancer for women over forty years.

womens health9The Breast Ultrasound is an imaging technique used to screen for tumors and other breast abnormalities. The ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce live images of the inside of the breast. Unlike X-ray and CT scans, Ultrasounds use no radiation and are considered safe for pregnant women and nursing mothers.

Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

Bahay Aruga


Bahay Aruga, a halfway house for pediatric patients with cancer. These kids (patients) come from the different provinces outside Metro Manila who wish to seek treatment in a hospital. The children can stay at Bahay Aruga together with 1 guardian for free while receiving treatment. Their youth is being threatened with the illness and yet they are so high spirited, kind, hopeful, and genuine. Bahay Aruga is located at San Marcelino, Paco Manila.



On September 10, 2016, Capitol Medical Center employees headed by the President and CEO Ms. Carmina C. Desales went to Bahay Aruga for the outreach program which is an annual activity for the hospital.  They brought cooking utensils, food, 

medical supplies and other items that could help the patients during their stay.  Managing Director Ms. Mayet Bonilla in her welcome remarks expressed her
appreciation for the Donations from CMC.  She was quoted as saying, "Bahay Aruga's Wish List has been granted.  Thank you, Capitol Medical Center for the early Christmas gift”.



Photo shows the President, Officers and Supervisors of CMC: (L to R) Ms.Trell De La Pena, Ms. Carmina C. Desales, Pres./CEO, Ms. Lorellie Arguilla, Ms. Emelyn Garcia, 

Ms. Rosemarie De La Pena,. (standing 2nd row) Ms. Jemiliene Encarnacion, Ms. Aster Nojara, Ms. Myrna Ordiales, Ms. Cristy San Ramon, Ms. Dada Caburnay, Ms. Rhea Hintay, Ms. Zeny Tagarda, (3rd row) Ms. Lenie Robles, Ms. Mitzie Mendoza, Ms. Rulinda, Ms. Leano, and Ms. Riza Cruz.