PCH – Philippine Heart Center – Purpose, Functions and Responsibilities

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The Philippine Heart Center (PHC) is the first government corporation and hospital with specialization in the treatment of heart ailments. It is well-known as one of the busiest congenital heart surgery centers in Asia, admitting about 14,000 patients per year, including 3,300 heart surgeries. The hospital also houses rooms for paying and charity patients and hosts regular training programs for medical professionals.

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Since it launched in 1975, the PHC has been keeping up with its mandate to prevent, diagnose, treat, save, and care for Filipino patients with cardiovascular diseases and other heart-related ailments.

For over four decades, the Heart Center has brought dedicated service and hope of a healthier and longer life not only to Filipinos, but also to other people in the Asia-Pacific region. For your reference, you may check this guide on the services, background, and history of the Philippine Heart Center that you know today.

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A Closer Look at the Philippine Heart Center

The Philippine Heart Center is a government corporation established to serve as the prime hospital for cardiovascular health care in the Philippines. For four decades, it has established itself not only as a reputable heart center, but also as one of the busiest Congenital Heart Surgery centers in the South Pacific Islands to the Middle East, the Philippines, and the Asia-Pacific regions.

True to its mandate, the Heart Center has dedicated over four decades to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and provisions for comprehensive patient care, education and training, research, and public information. It also boasts of the best and most efficient medical services, powered by well-trained and highly-experienced manpower (including physicians and other medical personnel) as well as the latest technology and procedures in cardiovascular science.

History

The Philippine Heart Center was launched by virtue of the Presidential Decree No. 673 issued by president Ferdinand E. Marcos in February 1975. It was housed in what was referred to as the Marcoses’ “edifice complex,” as part of the Marcoses’ “hallmark of greatness.” The PHC hospital was built using 50% of that year’s national health budget, which resulted in criticisms because as Senator Jose W. Diokno said, “Filipinos were dying of curable illnesses like TB [tuberculosis], whooping cough, and dysentery” in other places in the country.

The Philippine Heart Center did not actually start as such. Prior to 1975, it was known as the Philippine Heart Center for Asia and was originally headed by Avenilo P. Aventura (1974-1986)—a well-known cardiovascular surgeon who performed many pioneering operations in the Philippines including the first successful renal transplantation in 1970, and the first CABG in 1972. He also developed and implanted the first ASEAN bioprosthesis, the PHCA porcine valve.

By 2014, the Philippine Heart Center has becomeso well-known that it received a Qmentum International Gold Accreditation for August 2014 – 2017 by Accreditation Canada International for its “excellence in hospital practices and safety.

Philippine Heart Center logo
Philippine Heart Center logo

Philippine Heart Center: Mission, Vision, Objectives, Values, and Mandate

The Philippine Heart Center operates with the following mission, vision, objectives, values, and mandate:

Mission

To provide comprehensive cardiovascular and heart care with the support of enhanced education, research, and technology.

Vision

The Philippine Heart Center aims to uphold the highest standards of cardiovascular care as a self-reliant institution dedicated to the health needs of the Filipino people.

Objectives

The Philippine Heart Center operates with the following objectives:

  • To provide compassionate and expert patient care.
  • To provide world-class education and training.
  • To conduct Internationally-acclaimed research.
  • To responsibly disseminate scientific and lay information to the public.

Core Values

In carrying out its mandate and achieving its mission, the Philippine Heart Center operates and abides by the following values:

  • Dedicated patient-focused care
  • Sensitivity and compassion secondary to overall healing and nurturing
  • Highest standards of professionalism, fairness, honesty, and Integrity
  • Respect
  • Consistent excellence in the cardiovascular and heart care industry

Mandate

From its establishment in 1975, the Philippine Heart Center is mandated by law to be an institution dedicated to prevent, treat, and care for Filipino patients with heart and other heart-related diseases. Throughout its existence, it has effectively saved lives and reduced sufferings due to heart problems. Just as its four-heart logo symbolizes, the Philippine Heart Center offers a fourfold service inclusive of comprehensive program for patient care, education and training, research, and public information.

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website of Philippine Heart Center

Services Offered at Philippine Heart Center

As a government corporation, the Philippine Heart Center offers the following services:

Diagnostic and Surgical Packages

  • Diagnostic Packages
    • Inpatient Diagnostic Packages
      • Cardio-Pulmonary Examination (CPE) – P25,300.00 to P32,700.00
        • Complete Blood Count
        • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate
        • Blood Chemistry
        • Fasting Blood Sugar
        • HbA1c
        • Lipid Profile
        • Total Serum Cholesterol
        • Serum Triglycerides
        • Serum HDL Cholesterol
        • Serum LDL Cholesterol
        • Serum Creatinine
        • Serum Uric Acid
        • Serum Glutamic Pyruvic Transaminase
        • Blood Typing
        • Routine Urinalysis
        • Routine Stool Examination
        • PSA (male)
        • Pap’s Smear (female)
        • Breast Ultrasound (female)
        • Chest X-Ray (PA and Lateral)
        • Whole Abdomen Ultrasound
        • Electrocardiogram
        • Stress Test (with Exercise Program)
        • Pulmonary Function Test
      • Cardiovascular Check-up (CVCU) – P29,500.00 to P36,900.00
        • Complete Blood Count
        • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate
        • Blood Chemistry
        • Fasting Blood Sugar
        • HbA1c
        • Lipid Profile
        • Total Serum Cholesterol
        • Serum Triglycerides
        • Serum HDL Cholesterol
        • Serum LDL Cholesterol
        • Serum Creatinine
        • Serum Uric Acid
        • Serum Glutamic Pyruvic Transaminase
        • Blood Typing
        • Routine Urinalysis
        • Routine Stool Examination
        • PSA (Male)
        • Pap’s Smear (Female)
        • Breast Ultrasound (Female)
        • Chest X-Ray (PA and Lateral)
        • Whole Abdomen Ultrasound
        • Electrocardiogram
        • Stress Test (with Exercise Program)
        • 2-D Echocardiogram Doppler
      • Executive Check-up (ECU) – P41,150.00 to P43,150.00
        • Complete Blood Count
        • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate
        • Blood Chemistry
        • Fasting Blood Sugar
        • HbA1c
        • Lipid Profile
        • Total Serum Cholesterol
        • Serum Triglycerides
        • Serum HDL Cholesterol
        • Serum LDL Cholesterol
        • Serum Creatinine
        • Serum Uric Acid
        • Serum Glutamic Pyruvic Transaminase
        • Blood Typing
        • Thyroid-stimulating Hormone (TSH)
        • Routine Urinalysis
        • Routine Stool Examination
        • PSA (Male)
        • Pap’s Smear (Female)
        • Breast Ultrasound (Female)
        • Chest X-Ray (PA and Lateral)
        • Whole Abdomen Ultrasound
        • Electrocardiogram
        • Stress Test (with Exercise Program)
        • 2-D Echocardiogram Doppler
        • Pulmonary Function Test
    • Outpatient Diagnostic Packages
      • Hypertension Package – P3,700.00
        • Complete Blood Count
        • Fasting Blood Sugar
        • Creatinine
        • Uric Acid
        • Routine Urinalysis
        • Electrocardiogram
        • Chest X-ray (PA/LAT)
        • Lipid Profile
      • Diabetes Package – P3,300.00
        • Fasting Blood Sugar
        • Glycosylated Hemoglobin (HbA1C)
        • Creatinine
        • SGPT/ALT
        • Lipid Profile
        • Micral Test
        • Routine Urinalysis
      • Dyslipidemia Package – P2,350.00
        • Complete Blood Count
        • Fasting Blood Sugar
        • SGPT/ALT
        • Uric Acid
        • Lipid Profile
      • Cardio-Pulmonary Package I – P4,500.00
        • 2D Echocardiogram with Doppler
        • Chest X-ray (PA-LAT)
      • Cardio-Pulmonary Package II – P4,950.00
        • Electrocardiogram
        • 2D Echocardiogram with Doppler
        • Chest X-ray (PA-LAT)
      • Cardio-Pulmonary Package III – P5,550.00
        • Complete Blood Count
        • Routine Urinalysis
        • Electrocardiogram
        • 2D Echocardiogram with Doppler
        • Chest X-ray (PA-LAT)
      • Heart Package I – P4,300.00
        • Electrocardiogram
        • 2D Echocardiogram with Doppler
      • Basic Adult Package – P2,700.00
        • Complete Blood Count
        • Fasting Blood Sugar
        • Lipid Profile
        • Routine Urinalysis
        • Chest X-ray (PA-LAT)
      • Mini-Adult Package – P1,400.00
        • Fasting Blood Sugar
        • Lipid Profile
      • Basic Pre-Employment Package – P1,150.00
        • Complete Blood Count
        • Routine Urinalysis
        • Chest X-ray (PA)
      • Pre-Employment Package I – P1,370.00
        • Complete Blood Count
        • Routine Urinalysis
        • Chest X-ray (PA)
        • Drug Test
      • Pre-Employment Package II (for 34 years old and below) – P2,050.00
        • Fasting Blood Sugar
        • Complete Blood Count
        • Routine Urinalysis
        • Routine Fecalysis
        • Blood Typing
        • Chest X-ray (PA)
        • Drug Test
      • Pediatric Sports Package I (for Sports Clearance) – P1,150.00
        • Electrocardiogram
        • Chest X-ray (PA/LAT)
      • Pediatric Sports Package II Neonates (6 years old and below) (for Sports Clearance) – P7,550.00
        • 2-D Echocardiogram with Doppler
        • Treadmill Exercise Test
        • Pulmonary Function Test – Neonates
      • Pediatric Sports Package III Pediatric (7 to 12 years old) (for Sports Clearance) – P7,750.00
        • 2-D Echocardiogram with Doppler
        • Treadmill Exercise Test
        • Pulmonary Function Test – Pedia
      • Pediatric Sports Package IV Pediatric (13 to 18 years old) – P7,000.00
        • 2-D Echocardiogram with Doppler
        • Treadmill Exercise Test
        • Pulmonary Function Test (Pre/Post)
      • Basic Pediatric Package – P1,400.00
        • Complete Blood Count
        • Routine Urinalysis
        • Stool Exam/Fecalysis
        • Chest X-Ray (PA/LAT)
      • Basic Pediatric Cardio Package – P4,300.00
        • Electrocardiogram
        • 2-D Echocardiogram with Doppler
      • Cardiovascular Risk Assessment – P7,150.00
        • Complete Blood Count
        • Fasting Blood Sugar
        • Creatinine
        • Total Cholesterol
        • HDL
        • Triglyceride
        • Routine Urinalysis
        • Electrocardiogram
        • 2-D Echocardiogram with Doppler
        • Chest X-Ray (PA/LAT)
      • Cardio-Pulmonary Clearance Package – P4,900.00
        • Complete Blood Count
        • 2-D Echocardiogram with Doppler
        • Chest X-Ray (PA/LAT)
      • If with Cyanosis: Tetralogy of Fallot – P5,600.00
        • Complete Blood Count
        • 2-D Echocardiogram with Doppler
        • Chest X-Ray (PA/LAT)
        • Arterial Blood Gas Determination
      • Pre-Operative Assessment – P8,150.00
        • Complete Blood Count
        • Sodium
        • Potassium
        • Calcium
        • BUN
        • Creatinine
        • Prothrombin Time
        • Partial Thromboplastin Time
        • Routine Urinalysis
        • Blood Typing
        • Electrocardiogram
        • 2-D Echocardiogram with Doppler
        • Chest X-Ray (PA/LAT)
      • Pulmonary Hypertension Package Neonates (6 years old and below) – P8,100.00
        • Complete Blood Count
        • 2-D Echocardiogram with Doppler
        • Arterial Blood Gas Determination
        • 6 minute Walk Test
        • Pulmonary Function Test-Neonate
        • Chest X-Ray (PA/LAT)
      • Pulmonary Hypertension Package Pediatric (7 to 12 years old) – P8,250.00
        • Complete Blood Count
        • 2-D Echocardiogram with Doppler
        • Arterial Blood Gas Determination
        • 6 minute Walk Test
        • Pulmonary Function Test-Pedia
        • Chest X-Ray (PA/LAT)
      • Pulmonary Hypertension Package Pediatric (13 to 18 years old) – P7,400.00
        • Complete Blood Count
        • 2-D Echocardiogram with Doppler
        • Arterial Blood Gas Determination
        • 6 minute Walk Test
        • Pulmonary Function Test-Pre/Post
        • Chest X-Ray (PA/LAT)
  • Treatment Packages
    • Surgical Package Deal
      • Pacemaker Surgery
      • Congenital, Closed Heart Surgery
      • Congenital, Open Heart Surgery, Simple
      • Congenital, Open Heart Surgery, HIgh-Risk
      • Congenital, Open Heart Surgery, Complex
      • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
      • Single Valve Surgery
      • Double Valve Surgery
      • Aneurysm Surgery
      • Peripheral Bypass Surgery
    • Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Packages
      • Non Complex Lesion
      • Complex Lesion
    • Cardiac Cathetherization/Coronary Angiogram Packages
      • Coronary Angiogram
      • Right and Left Heart Cathetherization
      • Coronary Angiography + Angiography of Bypass Grafts
      • Combined R & L Heart Cath + Coro Angio

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Centers

  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Non-Invasive Diagnostic Cardiology
    • Cardiac Graphics Laboratory
      • ECG (Station and Bedside)
      • Signal Average ECG
      • Holter Monitoring (24 Hour Ambulatory ECG Monitoring)
      • Echocardiography
        • 2D Echo (Station and Bedside)
        • 2D Echo Doppler (Station and Doppler)
        • Stress Echo (Treadmill and Pharmacologic)
        • Transesophageal Echo (Intra-operative and Station)
        • PTMC Monitoring
        • Fetal Echocardiography
        • 3D Echo for Pediatric
    • Exercise Laboratory
      • Treadmill Stress Test
  • Invasive Cardiology
    • Coronary Angiography (CA)
    • Hemodynamic Study (HS)
    • Peripheral Angiographies: Renal, femoral, cerebral, etc.
    • Swan Ganz Insertion (SGI)
    • Pulmonary Angiography
    • Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
      • PTCA with Stent Implantation
      • Direct Stenting
      • Percutaneous Transcoronary Rotational Atherectomy (PTCRA)
    • Balloon Atrial Septostomy (BAS)
    • Blade Septostomy
    • Temporary Pacemaker Insertion (TPI)
    • Embolization
      • TACE
      • Coil
    • Vene Cava Filter Implantation (VCFI)
    • Endomyocardial Biopsy
    • Retrieval of Foreign Bodies
    • Post-Bypass Coronary Angiogram
    • Pericardiocentesis/Pericardiostomy
    • Intra-Aortic Balloon Insertion (IABI) for IABP
    • ASD/PDA Closure (Amplatzer Occlusive Device)
    • Peripheral Vascular Intervention
    • TIPS (Transjugular Intra-hepatic Port-systemic Shunt)
    • Valvotomy
  • Radiological Sciences
    • General Diagnostic
    • Ultrasound
    • CT Scan-MRI
    • Interventional Radiology.
  • Nuclear Medicine
    • Cardiovascular Imaging
      • Myocardial Perfusion Scan Exercise Rest Thallium
      • Myocardial Perfusion Scan Rest Redistribution Thallium
      • Myocardial Perfusion Scan Dipyridamole Thallium
      • Myocardial Perfusion Scan Exercise Rest Sestamibi
      • Myocardial Perfusion Scan Resting Sestamibi
      • Myocardial Perfusion Scan Dipyridamole Sestamibi
      • First Pass RNA
      • Gated Cardiac Blood Pool (MUGA)
      • Infarct Avid Imaging
    • Non-Cardiac Imaging
      • Bone Scan
      • Bone Scan Three Phase
      • Dacryoscintigraphy
      • Gastric Emptying Scan
      • Gastroesophageal Reflux Scan
      • Hepatobiliary Scan
      • Leg Venography
      • Leg Venography including Lung Perfusion
      • Liver-Spleen Scan
      • Lung Perfusion Scan
      • Lung Ventilation Scan
      • Lung Ventilation/Perfusion (V/Q scan)
      • Lymphoscintigraphy
      • Meckel’s Diverticulum Scan
      • Parathyroid (dual tracer)
      • Renal Cortical Scan DMSA
      • Renal Diuretic Scan DTPA
      • Renal Diuretic Scan MAG3
      • Renal Dynamic Scan DTPA
      • Sialoscintigraphy
      • Scintimammography (Sestamibi)
      • Scintimammography with Bone Scan (HDP / MDP)
      • Tagged RBC Scan / G.I. Bleeding
      • Testicular Scan
      • Thyroid Scan (Tc99m pertechnetate)
      • Thyroid Radioactive Iodine Uptake (I-131)
      • Thyroid Uptake and Scan (I-131 + Tc99m)
      • Thyroid Uptake and Scan (I-131)
      • Whole Body Scan (I-131)
    • Bone Densitometry Procedures (DXA)
      • Routine (Lumbar, Spine & Hips)
      • Routine + Forearm
      • Whole Body DXA Imaging
    • Radioimmunoassay Procedures
      • FT3 RIA
      • FT4 RIA
      • TSH IRMA
    • Radioiodine I-131 Therapy
  • Vascular Center
    • Carotid Duplex Scan
    • Transcranial Duplex Scan
    • DVT screening
    • Venous Duplex Scan
    • Arterial Duplex Scan with ABI
    • Abdominal Aorta Duplex Scan
    • Renal Duplex Scan
    • Graft Surveillance
    • Duplex of MassScan
    • Ankle Brachial Index
    • Segmental Pressure
    • Segmental Pressure with Treadmill Exercise Test
    • Arterial Duplex Scan with Segmental Pressures
    • Arterial/Venous Duplex Package
    • Arterial Duplex Scan (Upper/Lower Extremities)
    • Intima Media Thickness
    • Flow Mediated Dilatation
    • ABI/Intima Media/Flow Mediated
    • OPD Clinic
    • Wound Care Clinic
  • Laboratory Medicine
    • Hematology
    • Coagulation
    • Clinical Chemistry
    • Bacteriology
    • Clinical Microscopy
    • Histopathology
    • Cytopathology
    • Immunohistochemistry
    • Point of Care Testing
  • Blood Bank
    • ABO and Rh Typing
    • Compatibility Testing
    • Investigation of Blood Transfusion Reaction
    • Coomb’s Testing
    • Cold Agglutinins Testing
    • Du Variant Determination
    • Processing of Blood Products/Components
    • Hemoglobin and Hematocrit Testing
    • Pre and Post Donation Counseling
    • Blood Collection
    • Apheresis Procedure
    • Autologous Procedure
    • Screening for Transmissible Diseases (Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, HIV, Malaria)
    • Hepatitis Profile (HbsAg, Anti-HBs, Anti-HBc, HbeAg, Anti-Hbe, HAV IgM, Anti-HCV)
    • Drug Testing
    • Antibody Testing
  • Neurovascular Laboratory
    • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
    • Transcranial Doppler Examination. (TCD)
    • Carotid Duplex study (CDS portable- for In-patients only)
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
    • Comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program (CCReP)
      • In Patient Program (Phase I)
      • Out Patient Program
      • – Early Recovery Phase (Phase II)
      • – Maintenance Phase (Phase III)
    • Project H.O.P.E. (Health Optimization through Prevention and Exercise)
    • Lifestyle Clinic
      • Risk factor identification and modification
      • Physical fitness assessment
      • Physical activity and exercise counseling
    • Starter’s Class
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    • Physical Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Wellness and Health Promotion
    • Speech Therapy
    • Electrodiagnosis
  • Pulmonary Medicine Division
    • Bronchoscopy Unit
      • Diagnostic
        • Bronchial Biopsy
        • Bronchial Brushing
        • Bronchial Washing
        • Bronchioalveolar Lavage
      • Therapeutic
    • Pulmonary Laboratory
      • Adult Pulmonary Function Test
        • Diffusion Lung Capacity Measurement (DLCO)
        • Fractional Exhaled Nitric Acid (FENO)
        • Forced Oscillation Technique
        • Lung volume
        • Simple Spirometry
        • Slow Vital Capacity
        • Spirometry with Bronchoprovocation Test
        • Spriometry, Pre and Post Bronchodilator
      • Aerosol Therapy
        • Small Volume Nebulization
        • Ultrasonic Nebulization
      • Arterial Blood Gas
      • Chest Physiotherapy
      • Invasive Mechanical Ventilation
        • Ventilator
      • Neonates and Pediatric Pulmonary Function Test
      • Non- Invasive Ventilation
        • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
        • Bi- Level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP)
        • Nasal High Flow Oxygen Therapy
      • Peak Expiratory Flow Rate Measurement
      • Pleural pH Determination
      • Pulse Oximetery Monitoring
      • Purified Protein Derivative Skin Test
      • Sputum Induction
      • Venous Bicarbonate Test
    • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit
      • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET)
      • Incremental Shuttle Walk Test
      • Indirect Calorimetry
      • Pre- Flight Assessment/ High Altitude Simulation Test
      • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
      • Six Minute Walk Test
      • Smoking Cessation Program
      • Carbon Monoxide Analysis
    • Sleep Unit
      • Diagnostic Sleep Study
      • Maintenance of Wakefulness Test
      • Multiple Sleep Latency Test
      • Split Night Sleep Study
      • Therapeutic Sleep Study
  • Electrocardiology
    • Cardioversion
    • Head-up Tilt Test
    • Electrophysiologic Studies
    • Radiofrequency Ablation
    • Temporary Pacemaker
    • ICD Implantation
    • CRT and Pacemaker Implantation
    • ICD and CRT Analysis
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
    • Cardiac Health Education, Enhancement and Restoration Service (CHEERS)
      • Enhance ability to cope with presurgical stress
      • Educate about diagnosis, treatment plan, and prognosis;
      • Strengthen motivation and sense of responsibility for the success of the surgery.
    • Consultation- Liaison (CL) Psychiatry
      • Mental status examination (MSE) abnormalities, depression, anxiety, and adjustment difficulties
      • Need for emotional support
      • Assistance with patient disposition
      • Competency determination
      • Unexplained physical symptoms
      • Use of psychopharmacologic medications
      • Evaluation for transfer to psychiatric services

Online Services

  • Payment
  • Donation
  • Lab Results View

Video: Philippine Heart Center Services

Learn more about the Philippine Heart Center and how it has helped the Filipino people through the years by watching this video:

Summary

To date, the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) continues to offer hope and affordable yet dedicated service, while improving its facilities to keep up with world-class standards. It also continues to innovate and expand its capacity and upgrade its human and technological resources to meet the modern demand for better cardiovascular services.

Amidst this, the Center continues to carry out its primary mission: To care for those who need the best of what medical science with a social conscience has to offer.

Contact Information

Philippine Heart Center
Address: East Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Telephone Number: +63 2 8925 2401
Website: https://www.phc.gov.ph/

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