RAMON M. NERY, M.D., currently the Chief of the Misamis Oriental Public Hospital in Balingasag has been honored as among the Ten Outstanding Flipinos (TOFIL) Awardee for 2011.

He is cited for alleviating the ailing healthcare situation in the poorest provinces in Mindanao and for improving the services and facilities of public hospitals, inspiring and drawing young and promising doctors to public service.

A visionary and a leader, he has instituted changes in the rural hospital landscape that have greatly benefited the hospital community in the far-flung provinces. He continues to set higher goals and standards, bringing about significant improvements in and better alternatives to procedures and systems. He pioneered endeavors that provided hospital services to OFWs from Mindanao and introduced innovative schemes such as real-time on-line consultation (i.e. Tele-Health) and referrals that made quality health care accessible to the poor.

Moreover, he spearheaded a voluntary blood services program when he was Vice-Chairman of the Central Luzon Regional Blood Council, which saved thousands of lives in the region.

Dr. Nery’s eminence in the medical field began with his stint at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center, where he obtained his degree in medicine in 1980. He passed the Physician’s Licensure Examination two years later, the first among a string of achievements that would include a fellowship from… the Philippine Society of Pathologists, a masters degree in Hospital Administration from UP Manila, and a Career Executive Officer Rank VI from the Civil Service Commission.

Dr. Nery’s first foray into public service came in 1986, when he became Department Head of the Clinical Laboratory of the E. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Marikina. Three years later, he transferred to the Pathology Department of the Dr. P. J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center in Cabanatuan City.

In the Nueva Ecija hospital, he began what would be a lifelong tradition of innovative public service. Under his helm, the modest hospital gained accreditation from the Philippine Society of Pathologists and was allowed to conduct teaching and training in clinical and anatomic pathology.

Five years later, Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno asked him to alleviate the ailing healthcare situation in the province, where Dr. Nery grew up. Under Dr. Nery’s guidance, the provincial hospitals underwent institutional upgrades, including additional training for its surgeons, real-time online consultation and referrals, 24/7 availability of laboratory services, and a revenue generating scheme that made quality drugs more affordable.

He was also part of a pioneering endeavor that provided hospital services to OFWs from Mindanao. All his efforts and innovation won for the province the much-coveted Galing Pook Award in 2011 for the strategic innovations that were put in place in its hospitals.

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