St. Luke’s celebrates 119th anniversary with CSR initiatives

St. Luke’s Medical Center launches a line of eco-friendly room amenities sourced from communities in Zamboanga, Aklan, Bicol, La Union, Benguet, Kalinga, Apayao, Sagada, Cavite, Rizal, Batangas and Payatas. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

AS part of its 119th anniversary celebration and its endeavor to take a holistic approach in green healthcare, St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) has introduced sustainability efforts centered on helping address the country’s plastic waste pollution, and empowering partner-communities with livelihood opportunities as part of its Culture of Care CSR program.

The institution has launched a distinctive line of environment friendly room amenities specially made by partner communities from Zamboanga, Aklan, Bicol, La Union, Benguet, Kalinga Apayao, Sagada, Cavite, Rizal, Batangas and Payatas.

Among these locally-made eco-friendly products are handcrafted bath soaps, shampoo and conditioner bars, soap dishes, handwoven blankets, burlap slippers, coco sugar and drenched coffee, that ensures patients’ comfort, while reducing the adverse environmental impact and waste generated during their stay, and providing partner communities livelihood programs that can improve their quality of life.

“As the unparalleled healthcare leader of the country, St. Luke’s pursues initiatives that allow us to embrace holistic green healthcare programs. As we now celebrate 119 years of excellent patient care, we think it is the best time to implement another step in enriching our services by introducing sustainability in our institution,” St. Luke’s Medical Center President and CEO Dr. Arturo De La Peña said.

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St. Luke’s has also partnered with Benguet farmers to give them an avenue to sell their

products, and with Aetas in Tarlac to provide them poultry-related resources – livelihood

opportunities that cultivate the communities’ strengths, and give them a sustainable source of income.

“Our sustainability initiatives contribute to the betterment of not just the country’s healthcare system, but also to the making of a greater society. We thank our patients, our partner communities, and our medical professionals within our hospitals for helping make these initiatives happen,” De La Peña concluded.