Late last night, we were notified by the Health Department that we have a patient in our facility who tested positive for COVID-19. We are following CDC guidelines and the patient is in isolation. Our top priority is your safety and the safety of our staff and patients.

Our colleagues and physicians are well equipped and well trained to treat patients with infectious diseases.

Here are some questions you may have:

Is it safe for me to go to work if a patient in my facility has COVID-19?

Yes. There is no evidence of the virus spreading in a setting where proper precautions are used: patient isolation, use of N95 masks (where appropriate) and activation of personal protection equipment (PPE). Evidence also indicates that the route of transmission is respiratory; we know how to contain respiratory viruses via precautions mentioned above.

How are you ensuring that surface areas in contact with a positive patient have been disinfected?

COVID-19 virus can be easily killed with standard disinfecting procedures. We are ensuring that environmental cleaning and disinfection procedures from the CDC are followed. This includes:

Routine cleaning and disinfection procedures. This includes those patient-care areas in which aerosol-generating procedures are performed.
For any isolation patient, machines are to be cleaned in the room and then taken out and cleaned again. Personnel cleaning the machine must wear gloves.
Now that a patient has tested positive for COVID-19, what happens next?

We will continue to monitor the patient closely with direction from the CDC. The patient will remain in isolation and we are utilizing PPE procedures.

Will there be routine testing for staff now?

No. Staff and physicians coming into contact with the patient are wearing PPE. Our staff are following infection prevention protocols, including the latest guidance from the CDC. We have also utilized a two-person system to ensure proper PPE procedures have been followed when applying and removing protective gear.

What precautions should I take at work?

All of our caregivers need to hold each other accountable for performing good hand hygiene and using PPE appropriately and properly.

Where can I get more information about COVID-19?

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I want you to know that I appreciate your extraordinary efforts to care for and protect our patients, each other and our community.

jane mondadori, director

medical staff services



Francis D. Ong, M.D.
Cosmetic and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery
Hand and Microsurgery

Telephone: (904) 213-9005
Fax: (904) 213-9010

Mr. Roxas Macam husband of Dr. Ester Macam has passed away.

Good afternoon everyone,

It is with great sadness to announce the passing away of Mr. Roxas Macam, husband of Dr. Ester Macam, this afternoon. We would like to express our deepest sorrow and prayers to the Macam family. Please pray for the repose soul of Mr. Roxas Macam. May he rest in peace. If you would like send comfort through cards, Dr. Ester Macam’s address is :

Dr, Ester Macam
4220 Tideview Dr.
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Done And Gone


Last week for 4 days volunteers from PMSNEF, Inc,PMSNEF, Inc Auxiliary, Visayas Mindanao Association, Ilocano Association, Palm Coast Group and several other good hearted individuals came and spend their weekends helping load hospital beds, dialysis machines, surgical equipments, and medical supplies.With one truck and 2 trailers, we were able fill up 3 (40ft) container vans up to the brim.

Three  of the hired workers gave up on us on Sunday evening and thanks to the children of Drs. Patrick and Grace Bunyi for stepping into the plate. Kyle, Roman, Marie and their friend Ashley stayed with us up to late Sunday night and completed the work with a smile.

Thanks to Chris Ordonez who has always been with us since we started our Medical Mission in 2005. She drove a limping 26 ft Penske truck with a lift. The truck was so lame that it can only run up to 25 miles/hr  on I-10, 295 and 95 highways transporting the goods from the Westside farm of Roman Paje where we stored them for free to the parking lot of Patrick. The truck barely made it out at the backyard of Patrick. She complained to Penske with her South Georgia Farm lady manners and got a break. Instead of paying over $600 for the 4 day rent we paid $215.94.

The rainbow over the 3 container vans on the last afternoon made all our efforts worthwhile.

Dr. Francis Ong

New volunteers for the Cebu Medical Mission


I would like to introduce new volunteers for the Cebu Medical Mission.
Dr. Matthew and Mrs. Rebecca Barros from New York
Ms. Maya Flores from Jacksonville.
Dr. Eden Nuval from California
Attached is a photo of Michael and Deborah Byerly, avid supporters of our Medical missions and GK houses. They donated $250 for the Cebu Medical Mission.Mr. Greg and Rose Dimayuga donated $500.
The final accounting on the Pain Management Seminar held last month will be released when all payments are received from the sponsors. Dr. Bernard Canlas had a good program that was well attended and Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville expressed their interest to host it again next year.
Dr. Betty Mina is busy preparing for our 2nd fund raising event with our Hawaiian Night on July 25, 2015. We have wonderful Friday nights with the children and grandchildren rehearsing their dances with Ms Lally Ferro. If you have teenagers and younger ones (at least 5 yrs old) this is a fun activity for the summer. Also Joe and Rose Romero from West Virginia is our newest couple volunteers to the Cebu Medical Mission.

Share with the group any info about discounted airline fares to Manila or Cebu. international flights are available to both airports. Our mission date is Feb 7-14, 2016, Arriving and departing on a Sunday. But you can come earlier or depart later on your own schedule if you want to explore Cebu and other surrounding islands.
I would like to ask the hosts and the volunteers from Visayas to give us some ideas about places to visit and events happening around that time next year.
Let’s make this a Voluntourism Trip

Francis Ong

Pain Management Seminar

Dear Friends of the Mission,

I cannot wait to tell you the great news today. Dr, Bren  Canlas and his Florida Institute of Pain Medicine Staff conducted a good seminar for the whole day.
Dr. Mel Barros highlighted well the PMSNEF mission works and our Cebu Mission 2016. The estimated funds raised from today’s seminar is $15,000.
We also received the check of $1000 from the President of Read Philippines
Ms. Doreen Flippin.
Last night, we had a fun night with the children rehearsing their Hula dance for the Hawaiian Night for  July 25. We thank Ms Lally Ferro for the dancing lessons. This is
our second fund raising event.