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

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.

Visayas Mindanao Association (VMA) Collaboration

Dear Friends of the Medical Mission,
For those who are just getting into the circle, The Medical Mission is in Cebu Island. This is one of the islands of Visayas in the middle part of the Philippines. This is the second largest city with lots of history. This will be on February 7-14. 2016. Be ready to spend your Valentine’s day in the mission.
JiJi Gullas one of our hosts in Cebu is visiting us in Jacksonville and has seen the equipments and supplies to be donated to the medical mission area. This may take 3-4 (40 ft) container vans to ship them. We have a continuing discussion with him and the rest of the team what are our needs. I am requesting that for our accomodations we need air-conditioned rooms and a hot shower. We are working with the Governor’s Office and the Rotary Club
Most of the communications and discussions will be done through the email. And when the team is being formed we will meet each other for those who can. We have volunteers from California and New York.
We would like to thank the donations of Drs. Ben & Virgie Samera ($1000), Drs Joe & Minnie Hernandez ($1000)
and the pledges of Visayas Mindanao Association ($1000), Read Philippines (Doreen Flippin) $1000, Art Gandionco $500
Our goal is to raise $60,000. Not including the above donations and pledges we have $28,000 in the bank, $1,700 in paypal,
$500 in credit card account. So we pass the 50% mark and every month we will have a fund raising activity.
May 30 Sat, Dr. Brent Canlas is conducting Pain Management Seminar for Primary Physicians and all proceeds will go to the mission. July 25 the Luau Night, Aug 22 – Formal Ballroom Dancing, Sept- Bowling, October- Filipino Pride Day.
Save the dates.
If you are free tonight, join us at the Maharlika Restaurant at 142255 Beach Blvd Jax, Fl 32250. VMA(Visayas Mindanao Association) is having a dinner entertainment night for Doreen Flippin, She is running for Mrs Philippines. Let us support our friends of the medical mission.

Dr. Ong

Initial Cebu Medical Mission Meeting

1. Site of Mission – Cebu and the specific towns and hospital to be determined
after confirmation with the hosts
2. Date – Last part of January 16 and first week of February
3. Type of Mission – medical, surgical, dental, CME. BLS
4. Fund Raising Goal – $60,000
PMSNEF Seed ,money – $23,000
Dr. Ben & Virgie Samera’s
Donation – $1000
Remaining Goal – $36,000
Bren will conduct his yearly Pain Management Symposium on May 2016 and proceeds will be going for the medical mission. We ask the help of primary physicians and other members of
PMSNEF for pharmaceuticals and other business for booth sponsorship.( Home health,
medical group practice, insurance companies, hospice etc) The symposium is free to attend
Suggested fund raisings- Spring Garage Sale, 15K run, musical concert at St Augustine’s
5. CME- Pol will be in charge
.5. Terms
U.S. volunteers – 50 people
Pay their own plane fare
Host to provide lodging , food and local transportation
Medical Mission will donate five (5) 40 ft. container vans at $3,700
Hosts will take care about the Philippine Customs
6. Logistics- Mel Barros, Don Alfonso, Vincent Verdeflor, Mary Baluyot, Grace Bunyi
7. Treasurer- Elsie Barnes
8. Auditor – Elsie Ong
9. Checks & donations to Philippine Medical Society of Northeast Florida
10. Other matters: .
1. Temporary licenses for volunteers- Logistics & hosts
2. Adopt a Hospital Program for the shipment of containers, custom tariffs
Shipment not later not Oct 1
3. Malpractice Insurance requirements
4. Recipients of shipments to be decided by Logistics
5. To solicit from Cebuanos residing in the U.S. whose people are being helped by the
medical mission and develop a data base to get them involved
6. One month supply of medicines to be provided to patients and medicines to be purchased
7. Letter of Invitation from the host
8.Next meeting will be a potluck at the PMSNEF Bldg and the date to be announced as soon
we get answers.
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