MATI, Davao, April 15, 2015—The only private hospital run by a Catholic congregation in this city is celebrating on April 20 17 years of providing hospital care for the people of Davao Oriental.
Headed by Fr. Angel Crisostomo, St. Camillus Hospital of Mati Foundation, Inc. is run by the Ministers of the Infirm (MI), better known as Camillians, MI.
He said the hospital will celebrate 2015 as the “Year of Hospital Personnel”.
On April 20, a motorcade will be held in the main thoroughfares of Mati City. A Holy Mass will be celebrated at 5:00 p.m. to be followed by dinner and a program in the evening where the “Year of Hospital Personnel will be launched.
On April 15, the hospital will hold a free consultation in the morning until 12:00 noon.
Crisostomo said the hospital opened in April 15, 1998 when the Mati Bishop Emeritus Patricio Alo invited their congregation to put up a hospital for the care of the sick in the Diocese of Mati.
He added what was supposed to be a small clinic would then become a hospital that has a 50-bed capacity and is categorized as Level 1 by the Department of Health.
Crisostomo said the hospital remains committed to providing not only medical service but also pastoral care for the sick and the poor of Mati and nearby towns.
He added that St. Camillus Hospital wants to live out the spirituality of St. Camillus de Lelis, which says: “To see Jesus in the sick and to be Jesus for the sick, to be the compassionate Jesus for the sick while looking at the suffering Christ in the person of the sick.”
St. Camillus de Lelis is the patron saint of hospitals, doctors, and health care workers. (John Frances C. Fuentes/CBCP News)