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Manila Doctors dedicates new building to George Ty

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Manila Doctors dedicates new building to George Ty
MDH’s newest tower was inaugurated in 2016 and comes as the fulfillment of Dr. Ty’s dream and vision for MDH. Dr. Ty envisioned the hospital to become one of the top hospitals in the country – a provider of safe, comprehensive and accessible health care to anyone in need.
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MANILA, Philippines — Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH) commemorated the legacy of Dr. George S.K. Ty, chairman of the Metrobank Group, with a ceremony dedicating its new building as the Dr. George S.K. Ty Medical Tower held on Nov. 22, 2022.

MDH’s newest tower was inaugurated in 2016 and comes as the fulfillment of Dr. Ty’s dream and vision for MDH. Dr. Ty envisioned the hospital to become one of the top hospitals in the country – a provider of safe, comprehensive and accessible health care to anyone in need. The new tower allowed MDH to grow its services, opening new specialty centers such as the Cancer Institute, one of the hospital’s Centers of Excellence; more diagnostic services through high-tech equipment installed in its new departments and laboratories and a one-stop shop Wellness Hub. With more spaces for both doctors and patients, MDH has since taken care of over a million outpatients and more than 50,000 inpatients in this new tower.

The ceremony held at the Dr. George S.K. Ty Medical Tower lobby brought together key partners who helped make the dream a reality. Unveiling the marker bearing Dr. Ty’s name were Mary Ty, widow of the late Dr. Ty, trustee of the Metrobank Foundation Inc.; Anjanette Ty-Dy Buncio, Manila Medical Services Inc. board chairman; Aniceto Sobrepeña, MBFI president and MMSI board vice chairman; Arlene Ledesma, MDH president; Dr. Hian Ho Kua, MDH hospital director; Dr. Mario Joselito Juco, MDH medical director and Dr. Dante Morales, MMSI board director.

In his opening remarks, Sobrepeña recalled Dr. Ty’s passion in building the new tower. He was at the site nearly every week to inspect, monitor the construction progress and make adjustments as he saw fit. “He wanted more than a place that went beyond providing cure and critical illness prevention; he envisioned a leading center of wellness in the country.”

In delivering her family’s response, Ty-Dy Buncio recalled her father’s true love for the hospital when, despite his frail health at the time, Dr. Ty would still drive by the hospital nearly every day to lovingly look at the building entrance before going home.

She also shared photos that rekindled memories of Dr. Ty, showing his commanding presence and dynamism but also reflecting his enthusiasm, joy, gratitude and generosity. “It is our family’s very hope that the MDH community will continue to pursue our father’s legacy.”

She added that this legacy goes beyond the name and the building. “It is about working together to provide the medical care our patients expect, it’s about finding true fulfillment in what we do and it’s about touching lives and making a difference.”

In closing the program, Ledesma thanked the late group chairman for his generosity to MDH. “It was the Filipino people who benefitted from the fulfillment of Dr. Ty’s dreams.”

She expressed her gratitude to Dr. Ty for his dedication to uplift MDH so that it may become and continue to be one of the top hospitals in the country. She called on the MDH community to move his dream forward by staying true to the promise of proving safe and accessible health care for all, and to keep pushing their boundaries in delivering quality health care.

The naming ceremony was held on the eve of Dr. Ty’s fourth death anniversary and is part of activities that the MBFI and MDH held in honor of his memory. Dr. Ty passed away on Nov. 23, 2018 at the age of 86.

The Dr. George S.K. Ty Medical Tower came to life carrying his touch and vision at every corner. Dr. Ty’s vision has afforded MDH the opportunity to provide comprehensive care to its patients and be with them every step of the way in their journey to living full, healthy lives.

“In dedicating the tower to Dr. George S. K. Ty, the community honors not just the founder of the Metrobank Group, but everyone who remains committed to pursuing the highest standards in caring for our fellowmen,” Sobrepeña said.

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