Pinoy nurse, pinakabatang awardee sa Top 100 healthcare leaders

by Bernie V. Franco
Aug 22, 2021
Meet Dan Lester Dabon, the youngest and only Filipino who is one of recipients of the Top 100 Healthcare Leaders Award by an international healthcare events firm.
PHOTO/S: Facebook (Dan Lester Dabon)

Angat ang lahing Pinoy matapos mapabilang ang isang Filipino nurse at businessman na si Dan Lester Dabon sa Top 100 healthcare leaders in the world.

Si Dan Lester, 32, ang pinakabata at nag-iisang Pinoy sa nasabing list ng International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare (IFAH) para sa taong 2020-2021.

Kadalasang ang edad ng recipients ng naturang award-giving body ay nasa 50s.

Ang IFAH ay isang international healthcare events firm na naglalayong pagkaisahin ang healthcare industry leaders mula sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng mundo para sa pagsusulong ng global healthcare.

Sa kasalukuyan, si Dan ay isang overseas Filipino worker sa Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, kung saan ay isang dekada na siyang nakatira.

Siya rin ang founder at chief executive officer ng DLD Health Consulting Services, na naka-base ngayon sa Pilipinas.

Para sa nurse-entrepreneur, isang "bonus" ang natanggap niyang award.

Pagbibigay-diin niya sa interview ng CNN Philippines nitong Biyernes, August 20, 2021, “For me, this is very personal and for me this is an achievement, so far.

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“Because I got to represent my advocacy in a global platform, knowing that healthcare management needs to be looked into, especially in the Philippines.

“And I know that this recognition is just a bonus. But at the end of the day, we still need to continue the legacy and advocacy of promoting what healthcare should be, the governance and leadership of healthcare."

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A DECADE OF BEING A HEALTHCARE WORKER

Malayo na ang narating ni Dan na nagsimula bilang isang nurse assistant sa Abu Dhabi.

Nagtapos siya ng nursing mula sa Brokenshire College sa Davao City noong 2010.

Natapos naman niya ang kanyang master's degree in healthcare management sa SBS Swiss Business School sa UAE noong 2018.

Currently, siya ay isang risk officer sa isang leading medical facility.

Inilarawan ni Dan ang kanyang trabaho, “We focus more on being proactive than being reactive.

“So based on the identified hazards and risks and depends on the magnitude, or the severity of what has to come, or what has to happen, or what would be the consequence of such incident, we develop projects, initiatives, and programs to ensure that these risks are properly mitigated.

“And aside from that, if these are reactive cases, we look into the trend and we analyze the data for us to be able to provide high-level action plan for us to reduce the residual risk rating.”

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AS ENTREPRENEUR

Natutulungan naman ni Dan ang kanyang mga kapwa kababayang nurse sa pamamagitan ng kanyang consulting services.

“I started this 2015 just a Facebook group page,” kuwento ni Dan.

“And then I was able to help a lot of nurses and other healthcare professionals to land decent jobs in the U.A.E.

“I help them in the processing of their licensing.”

Kaya naman mula sa isang Facebook page ay itinayo niya ang kanyang kumpanya. Ang Dan Lester Dabon (DLD) Health Consulting Services.

“That triggered me to put up my own firm, a Philippine-based consulting firm because my goal is really to internationalize or somehow change the paradigm of the standard of health.”

Sa kabilang banda, kahit nasa ibang bansa si Dan, desidido raw siyang ipagpatuloy ang kanyang adbokasiya, kabilang na ang pagpapabuti sa lagay ng healthcare system, particular ang pagiging proactive kesa sa pagiging reactive pagdating sa patient problems.

“I will continue what I’ve started,” sabi niya.

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“I’ll continue this advocacy, basically to ensure that everything is taken into consideration.

“And ensure that we take things proactively at the moment.

“We always react based on the incidents, based on the trends, but we don’t react on the proactive case.

“That should be the concept of healthcare for us to be able to provide a world-class patient experience, and at the same time, provide quality service in terms of rendering our patient’s care.”

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