SM Foundation renovated the Edwin Andrews Air Base Hospital in Zamboanga City and provided it with the necessary furniture, appliances, and medical equipment. With this intervention, the hospital is now up for a level 1 accreditation from the Department of Health (DOH).
The 29-bed capacity hospital currently operates as an infirmary catering to the health needs of around 3,900 uniformed personnel and their dependents, including authorized civilians within its area of responsibility. The hospital also provides medical care and aero medical services to its stakeholders in Zamboanga, Basilan, and Tawi-Tawi.
Through the program, SMFI was able to improve the hospital’s Pharmacy, OR/DR Complex, Emergency Room, Laboratory, Rehabilitation Section, X-ray Room, Out-Patient Department, Military Ward, Dependents Ward, and Isolation Room. In addition, SM Foundation was also able to establish awaiting lounge, breastfeeding room, and a Mobile Read and PlayStation for children.
The said Mobile Read and Play Station is another innovation under the health and wellness program of SMFI. The facility aims to provide therapeutic value for ill children, thus contributing to both their physical and emotional well-being and to their recovery.
The medical facility was first established in 1950 under the operational control of Sulu Air Task Group stationed in Baliwasan Moret during the height of a military offensive against the outlaw group of Hadji Kamlon. In 1955, the dispensary was transferred to Santa Maria District and was renamed Edwin Andrews Air Base with the construction of a new medical wing. In 1961, it was upgraded into a Medical Dispensary to cater to the growing PAF personnel in the area. Now it is home to the Tactical Operation Command with 5 Tactical Operations Group, 3 Tactical Operations Squadron and 4 tenants.
Camp Edwin Andrews Airbase Hospital is SM Foundation’s 34th improved military health facility & the 157th wellness center.