Governor of the Province of Yogyakarta Special Region, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, inaugurated the bridge that connects Faculty of Medicine of Universitas Gadjah Mada and Dr. Sardjito General Hospital on Monday (12/12). Also witnessing the ceremony were Dean of the Faculty, Prof. dr. Ghufron Mukti Ali, M.Sc., Ph.D., and Managing Director of Dr. Sardjito General Hospital, Prof. dr. Budi Mulyono, Sp.PK-K., M.M. The inauguration was marked by inscription signing and ribbon-cutting. At the same time services in invasive diagnostic service and non-cardiac vascular surgery intervention of Dr. Sardjito Hospital were also inaugurated.
The bridge was built to connect the building for Outpatient Treatment Service of Dr. Sardjito Hospital with the Radiopoetro Building of Faculty of Medicine. The bridge construction cost some 1.9 billion rupiah, co-financed by the Faculty up to 1 billion and up to 900 million by Dr. Sardjito Hospital.
Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X said that the bridge is expected to further facilitate access for doctors, co-assistant students, or residents in carrying out their activities at Dr. Sardjito Hospital and the Faculty. It also improves mobile security of the Faculty and Dr Sardjito Hospital.
"I hope the use of this bridge can be optimized to achieve better health care in accordance with the standard of excellent service," the Sultan said.
Related to the launching of additional services in Dr. Sardjito General Hospital, namely invasive diagnostic service and non-cardiac vascular surgery intervention, the Sultan expected that Dr. Sardjito Hospital continues to make sustainable improvements for quality health services. The improvement is expected to reduce the number of Indonesian people who seek medical treatment in hospitals abroad. "The improved atmosphere and quality of health services are expected to reduce people from seeking medical treatment abroad," he explained.
The Sultan requested the hospital to further give concerns for the poor. "It is expected that there would be no discrimination for poor patients," he said.
Meanwhile, Dean of the Faculty said that the construction of the bridge is the realisation of a dream shared by the Faculty and Dr. Sardjito Hospital. The bridge is also expected to strengthen the emotional connection between Dr. Sardjito Hospital and UGM Faculty of Medicine.
Similar statement was also expressed by Prof. dr. Budi Mulyono, Sp.PK-K., M.M. The bridge has indeed been a dream shared by the two instituions since 2005, it has been built over a long process. "Alhamdulillah, after passing through a long story, this bridge can be completed eventually," he said.
In connection with the launch of invasive diagnostic service and non-cardiac vascular surgery intervention, Budi reported that there are additional medical equipment of Catheterization Lab (ChatLab) financed through State Budget 2011 as much as 13.1 billion rupiah. Some other donated equipment include cardiac electrophysiology and dynamic image tool.