Guam Wish-Child Gets Free Treatment at Medical City


Guam – The Medical City (TMC), a tertiary hospital located in Manila, will provide free medical treatment to 15-year-old Rolfo “Julius” Dogillo of Guam, who suffers from end-stage renal disease and malignant hypertension.

  Dogillo’s wish to travel to Manila to spend the holidays with his family was granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Guam.  Dogillo arrived in Manila on Dec. 19, 2011 with his mother, uncle and four (4) siblings.  Because of his medical condition, Dogillo will need to undergo four dialysis treatments while in Manila, which will be provided for free by TMC.  In addition, TMC helped celebrate the Holidays today with Dogillo and his family at a special Christmas gathering hosted by the hospital.   

“I am so thankful to The Medical City for their kindness and generosity.  This Christmas party they gave me was so special because I was able to get together with my family and relatives who I have not seen in so long,” says Dogillo.    

The Medical City, the largest health care network in the Philippines and a Joint Commission-accredited Philippine healthcare organization, will operate the Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC), a 130-bed tertiary hospital that will be located in Dededo.  GRMC is expected to open its doors in 2014.  GRMC’s services will be aligned with TMC’s centers of excellence and the Region’s specific health profile, featuring wellness, cardiology, medical oncology, endocrinology, pulmonology, neurology and other medical and surgical subspecialties. TMC’s unique value proposition of patient empowerment and partnership will enliven all programs and services.   

“TMC is committed to providing the very best in health care for our Guam patients.  We are committed to giving back to the community that we serve and to the island that will be home to the Guam Regional Medical City, another TMC-operated hospital.   When we heard about Julius’ case and his need for medical treatment, we were determined to help in any way we can, especially during this Holiday season,” say Margaret Bengzon, TMC’s Head of Strategic Group and President and CEO of Guam Healthcare Development.    

“It all happened so fast.  Just last week, we were still looking for a dialysis clinic for Julius, and then one day, I was informed that The Medical City has agreed to pay for all of Julius’ dialysis treatments and will host a party for our family.  We are so grateful for all their help and for making this a day that Julius will always remember,” said Shirly Doctor, Dogillo’s mother.  

About the Medical City

The Medical City (TMC) is a tertiary health care organization with over forty years’  experience in hospital operation and administration towards the establishment of its world-class health care complex, serving some 40,000 in-patients and 400,000 out-patients annually. TMC has a medical staff of 1,100 physicians who are established experts in their various fields of specialization. This core of professionals is complemented by a 2,200-strong human resource complement, engaged in allied medical, administrative and support services.

At the heart of TMC’s service philosophy are new paradigms of hospital care addressing the entire continuum of health needs, and the patient as an equal, informed and empowered partner in the pursuit and preservation of health. TMC is accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the world’s most prestigious accrediting body for international health care organizations.