North General Hospital relaunches Mental Wellness Center

Cebu North General Hospital (NorthGen) marked its 17th Founding Anniversary with a new milestone — the opening of its all-new Chemical Dependents Control and Rehabilitation Center (CDCare) facility.

The first private hospital-based CDCare in Visayas and Mindanao, the 48-bed facility at NorthGen features amenities such as library, multi-purpose halls, and detoxification room.  It also has an accommodation such as private, semi-private and pay-word rooms.

“We decided to reintroduce CDCare to let the people know that NorthGen offers excellent services, facilities, and specialized centers,” said Engr. Russell Mastusa, the hospital administrator at NorthGen.  

NorthGen’s CDCare provides comprehensive programs that aims to address the problems of patients with a continuum care and focus on the individual. The facility employs a well-rounded team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and nurses as it is positioned to be a temporary shelter intended to reform drug offenders and members of the society that needs mental aid.

“The main goal of CDCare is to provide treatment to chemical dependents and to address comorbidities or dual diagnosis within a program that believes in the biopsychosocial and spiritual approach,” said CDCare Program Director Manuel Delos Santos.

Green hospital

In his message, Cebu Doctors Group’s President and Chairman Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III recalled how depressive NorthGen was when he first visited the hospital.

“To be honest, the first time I came to NorthGen doing my rounds, I really thought it was quite depressive. It was dark and only half of the entire space was utilized, the other half used as storage. It also did not help that it is situated inside small streets.  But we slowly rebranded NorthGen and took advantage of its scenery. The place is conducive for healing,” said Dr. Larrazabal.

NorthGen was founded in 1980 and from being that dark hospital it was described to be, it is now a 200-bed hospital. “We improved the OR (Operating Rooms), offer ultrasounds and X-Rays,” said Dr. Larrazabal.

He added: “Good hospitals can buy good equipment, but what differentiates the number 1 from number 2 is in details. We have pocket gardens in NorthGen. When you pay attention to details, patients will appreciate and tell their family to patronize NorthGen. Hence, we rebranded NorthGen as the ‘Green Hospital’ among the all hospitals of the CebuDoc Group of hospitals.”

Stress-free environment

With NorthGen situated in a stress-free healing environment, patients could experience peace and harmony while recuperating.

Cebu Doctors Group’s President and Chairman Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III (5th from left) leads the celebration of Cebu North General Hospital’s 17th Founding Anniversary.

“In here, we provide utmost services to our patient that could help them in recovering faster.  We thought that when battling a chronic or life-threatening disease, the focus is often the battle at hand.  Little thought has been given to the importance of creating an environment that reduces stress and promotes healing,” said Engr. Mastusa.

NorthGen is located at Kauswagan Drive, Talamban, Cebu City. For inquiries, call +63 32 3437777 local 109 or email (With Press Release)

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