Qualimed and Karl Storz Seal Partnership
29 SEPTEMBER 2015 – QualiMed Health Network signs strategic partnership with multinational, medical equipment and technology provider, KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG. QualiMed is a network of healthcare facilities (multi-specialty clinics, outpatient day surgery centers, and specialty to full-service hospitals) under the healthcare partnership between Mercado General Hospital, Inc. and Ayala Land, Inc.
The multimillion-peso contract involves KARL STORZ’s provision of medical equipment for multi-specialty, minimally invasive surgery, consumables, and other related supplies to QualiMed. The contract also includes specialized local and offshore leadership and medical trainings for QualiMed. This includes provision of two dedicated but expandable equipment systems for Laparoscopy, Urology, Gynecology, Gastrointestinal, Arthroscopy, and Anesthesiology procedures to the NUVALI Training Center. The six-bay setup will be capable of providing surgery training with live feed from the operating rooms for live demonstration cases.
Dr. Edwin Mercado, President and CEO of QualiMed, says, “We are continually looking for ways to best deliver our promise of Alagang Abot-Kaya or affordable, accessible, and appropriate healthcare to the communities we serve. QualiMed’s partnership with KARL STORZ does not only lead to more affordable medical services, but reliable quality at par with world-class standards as well. This makes work easier for us doctors – it helps us focus more on our main job, that is, to take care of our patients.”
Cora Dizon, Vice President of Ayala Land, Inc. and Head of ALI Capital Corp., adds, “We strive to forge long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with our business partners; QualiMed’s collaboration with KARL STORZ, the leading endoscope manufacturer, is no exception. With this partnership, we will be closer to our goal of providing high quality yet affordable healthcare in Ayala Land developments, through QualiMed.”
Stephan Abele, KARL STORZ Director for Business Development in the Philippines, says, “Our distinctive technology on endoscopy and laparoscopy offers optimal imaging for use in specific surgical applications; our precision technology package of hardware and software makes it easier for surgeons to operate in ‘keyhole’ surgeries. This is how we have built and established KARL STORZ’s reputation for excellence as the “Diamond Standard” in the medical device industry.”
Thorsten Molitor, Managing Director for KARL STORZ Endoscopy Asia, concludes, “At KARL STORZ, we focus on the things that matter: creativity, competence, versatility, and responsibility. To realize these principles, we need users to experience and affirm that our technologies are relevant and deliver results as promised. Our partnership with QualiMed shall provide us with this kind of feedback from physicians and clinical staff, and help enhance the quality of care for patients in the Philippines.”
KARL STORZ is a multi-awarded, Germany-based, and family-owned manufacturer and distributor of endoscopes, medical instruments, and devices. Operating worldwide, including the Philippines, the 70-year old company designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets all its products with an emphasis on visionary design, precision craftsmanship, and clinical effectiveness.
Under the partnership, KARL STORZ shall provide products, services, and trainings for the existing and upcoming facilities of QualiMed. Two of the upcoming hospitals of QualiMed are the QualiMed Hospital in Altaraza, San Jose Del Monte (opening in first quarter of 2016) and QualiMed Hospital in NUVALI, Sta. Rosa, Laguna (opening in second quarter of 2016). In October 2015, QualiMed Hospital – Women’s and Children’s Center in Iloilo City will also be upgraded as a general hospital with 104-inpatient beds and 4 ICU beds. Also in the pipeline are QualiMed hospitals in Cloverleaf in Balintawak, Quezon City and Arca South in Taguig.