MANILA – The Medical City (TMC), under the leadership of its new chairman of the board Jose Xavier Gonzales, on Friday said it has secured a court order to protect the hospital’s daily operations amid a management rift.
The Pasig City Regional Trial Court on Thursday ruled in favor of the petitioners by issuing a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that authorized the newly appointed management team to continue to perform its daily tasks, TMC said in a statement.
This recognized the actions taken by the shareholders in a Special Stockholder’s Meeting (SSM) held last Sept. 13, it said.
Some 230 shareholders representing 74 percent of the shareholdings in TMC voted for a new Board of Directors and CEO for 2018 to 2019 during the stockholder's meeting.
The TRO will remain in place until Oct. 7, 2018 while hearings on the application for a preliminary injunction will take place in the intervening period, TMC said.
“Providing outstanding patient care and ensuring that our doctors, nurses and other colleagues can operate in a safe and harmonious working environment, are critical priorities for the new, revitalized management team of TMC,” CEO Dr. Eugenio Ramos said.
The order, he said, puts the “divisions” behind, allowing the company to drive much needed improvements in the business “unifying the TMC family around a shared goal to create a world class medical healthcare group that the Philippines can be proud of.”
In an interview with ABS-CBN last week, however, former Health Secretary and long-time CEO of TMC Alfredo Bengzon said the election of a new management last Sept. 13 created fractions in the institution.
Gonzales is Bengzon's nephew from his eldest sister.
The election was “a story of greed and deceit by a man who has sold his soul,” Bengzon said pertaining to his nephew who now sits as the chairman of the board.