Among the main avenues radiating from the Quezon Memorial Circle, Visayas Avenue must be the one of the two thoroughfares with no hospitals.
East Avenue has its namesake East Avenue Medical Center with the Philippine Heart Center and National Kidney Institute; Quezon Avenue has the Lung Center of the Philippines, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Capitol Medical Center and Providence Hospital; Commonwealth Avenue has the New Era General Hospital, Diliman Doctors Medical Center and General Malvar General Hospital.
Up until this year the surrounding area of Visayas Avenue is home to a large chunk of Quezon City residents, with no medical facility that is just a few minutes drive. But that is slated to change.
Now with the groundbreaking rites held last January 31, 2021, residents in this part of the city will have easy and quick access to a world-class medical facility that is the Visayas Avenue Medical Center.
The rites were held onsite, led by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and hospital chiefs and representatives Dr. Benito Purugganan, Dr. Gabriel De Leon, and Dr. Roberto De Leon.
Visayas Avenue Medical Center will be a multi-specialty hospital and will have eight storeys, a bed capacity of 200 and specialty centers such as cancer, heart, kidney and infertility institutes.
This is indeed a welcome development in the area, as it provides affirmation for businesses and property investors in the area that Visayas Avenue is indeed an up and coming neighborhood. From a sleepy tree-lined street in the 1970s-80s, big-name developers and commercial establishments have made Visayas Avenue their address.
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