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Top Hospitals in Medical Care in The Philippines

We acknowledge that all the hospitals in the Philippines strive to provide only the best and safest medical care services for the citizens and residents of the country, as well as for its tourists. In this article, we’ll try to provide you with a list of top hospitals in the Philippines. We will look into the hospitals that have made a name in the country’s medical care industry.

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Our criteria for this list includes accommodation capacity, years of service, corporate social responsibility activities and local and international recognitions. We also made reference to the web ranking by Spanish National Research Council or the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC).
So, let’s now look into the list:

17)  Southern Philippines Medical Center

Southern Philippines Medical Center is a government-owned hospital in Davao City. It made it in our list of top hospitals in the Philippines since it is now one of the largest hospitals in the country. In 2009, the hospital underwent major expansion which included increasing of bed-capacity to 1,200, acquiring of more advanced medical facilities and hiring of additional medical staff.
Southern Philippines Medical Center started in San Pedro St., Davao as Davao Public Hospital in 1917 with only 25-bed capacity. In 1957, its location was moved to JP Laurel Avenue, Bajada Davao City.

16) Capitol University Medical Center Foundation Inc.

Capitol University Medical Center Foundation Inc. was originally a Midwifery Hospital in 1973. It is intended to be a training ground for Midwifery Students of Cagayan Capitol College. In 1976, it became a general hospital to provide medical, surgical and pediatric care. It also turned into a training ground for nursing students for the same College.
The hospital is now located at Gusa, National Hi-way, Cagayan de Oro. With its new renovations, it is expected to provide a bed capacity from 150 to 300. It was included as one of the top hospitals in Cagayan de Oro by the website aboutcagayandeoro.com. It also received highly fair ratings on its official Facebook page.

15) José R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center

José R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center was first established in 1945 as a City Children’s Hospital in Manila. However, during the war, the hospital had become an emergency hospital in order to attend to the wounded. On August 1, 1945, the management of the hospital was handed over to the Department of Health (DOH). It was also during this period that the hospital became a charity hospital.
Today, the hospital continues to grow as one of the exemplary hospitals in the Philippines. It is certified with ISO 9001:2008 by TUV Rheinland which attest the efforts of the hospital for quality and safe service.

14) Angeles University Foundation Medical Center

Angeles University Foundation Medical Center (AUFMC) was established on 23 February 1990 while its hospital officially launched 25 May 1990. After more than 20 years, AUFMC is now one of the leading medical care service providers in Central Luzon.
AUFMC received a recognition from PhilHealth as “ Best Private Tertiary Hospital in Region 3 in 2009.” It also received various awards and recognitions, which includes, “Exemplary Achiever Award” from DOH and National Institute of Health for outstanding performance in the implementation of Newborn Screening for the years 2007 and 2008.

13) Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital

Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital has been officially inaugurated on August 20, 1972. It now has a modern complex building with a 300-bed capacity and state-of-the-art medical equipment. Its service is also supported by highly trained medical staff.
Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital received an accreditation from QHA Trent Accreditation. QHA Trent Accreditation is a UK-based independent that aims to help health care providers to improve and maintain quality service.

12) Cardinal Santos Medical Center

Cardinal Santos Medical Center has been established by Maryknoll Sisters before World War II. After the war, it underwent major reconstruction. The completion was made through the financial aid of the Archdiocese of Manila spearheaded by the then Archbishop Rufino Cardinal Santos. Today, its building with 235-bed capacity located in San Juan City is now one of the renowned medical care service providers in the Philippines.

According to Philippine Star, Cardinal Santos Medical Center provides free PET/CT service to two indigent patients every month. This service helps determines what the stage of the cancer is, how the cancer cell reacts to the treatment and if there is a possibility of recurrence of cancer. Free of charge service for this is already a big help especially since such service is not covered under PhilHealth benefit package.

Cardinal Santos Medical Center received, on 23 September 2016, the 5th Generation Silver Award from the Investors in People (IiP). They also received the “Employer of the Year Award” for 2016 from People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP).

11) Mary Mediatrix Medical Center

Mary Mediatrix Medical Center began as a modest clinic in Lipa City, Batangas in 1958. A few years after, it grew into a two-story with 30-bed capacity and basic medical facilities. The hospital was named as Magsino General Hospital but was later on changed to Our Lady of Lipa Mary Mediatrix of All Graces in 1994.

With its additional medical staff, 174-bed capacity and high-tech facilities, the hospital eventually became a fully fledged medical service provider for Lipa City and its neighboring areas.

In 2013, Mary Mediatrix Medical Center was certified ISO 9001:2008 by Technischer Überwachungsverein. Technischer Überwachungsverein is a German-based accreditor that ensures quality service of different organizations.

10) Lorma Medical Center

Lorma Medical Center was established on 19 May 1934 by both physicians, Dr. & Mrs. Rufino N. Macagba, Sr. The hospital was awarded by the Philippine Hospital Association and Philippine Nurses Association in 1970 as the Most Outstanding Hospital in the Philippines for Community Service. The hospital has evolved into one of the leading tertiary hospitals in North Luzon. Today, its 200-bed capacity building situated in Carlatan San Fernando City.
The hospital has received recognition from different sectors. This year, it received ISO 9001:2008 certification from  National Quality Assurance of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), an independent non-profit quality service accreditor.

9) Chinese General Hospital

The Chinese General Hospital has been one of the earliest hospitals in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. It did not only survive World War II. It went through numerous building expansion as the time progress. It also made sure to update its facility to meet the needs of the community.
Chinese General Hospital has now 600-bed capacity and fully equipped advanced medical facilities located in Sampaloc, Manila. It is accredited with ISO 9001:2008 by Anglo Japanese Americans Registrar (AJA Registrar) and Joint Accreditation System by Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ).

8) Manila Doctors Hospital

In 1956, Manila Doctors Hospital was instituted and owned by a group of doctors through Manila Medical Services, Inc. (MMSI).Later, the majority shares of MMSI was purchased by Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI).
Manila Doctors Hospital, while collaborating with other sectors from time to time, holds corporate social responsibility programs such as In-house Medical and Surgical Programs, Outpatient Programs, and School health programs.
Manila Doctors Hospital has been accredited by Qmentum International and JAS-ANZ. It has also been awarded by AJA Registrar with ISO 9001:2008.

7) Philippine Heart Center

Through the Presidential decree issued by Ferdinand E. Marcos on 19 March 1975, Philippine Heart Center for Asia was established. Later on, it was change renamed Philippine Heart Center. Currently, it is a tertiary care hospital with 354-bed capacity located in the district of Diliman, Quezon City.
Philippine Heart Center is accredited by Qmentum International for the period of August 2014 until 2017. Qmentum International is a Canada-based independent accreditor for social service and medical care service organizations.

6) Philippine General Hospital

Philippine General Hospital (PGH) is the largest government-owned hospital in the Philippines. It is located in Taft Avenue, Manila. PGH has 1,500-bed capacity where 1,000 is intended for indigent patients and 500 is intended for private patients. This is dubbed as the “Hospital for Indigent People” since they provide the most affordable medical services.
PGH was first established in 1907 by the US government. It was able to withstand many tropical epidemics and war in the 1940s. In fact, it was only one of the few hospitals in the Philippines that has been able to survive the war.

5) Chong Hua Hospital

The Chong Hua Hospital has been serving the Cebu province, as well as its neighboring islands, since 1909. It now has four complex buildings with a 660-bed capacity and a medical arts center for doctors. It is also one of the hospitals with the most advanced medical facilities in Visayas and Mindanao.
The Chong Hua Hospital was once accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI) for its safe and quality medical services. The hospital also received recognition from the Cebu City government for its contribution to the community, especially in the medical care industry.
You may note that JCI is one of the world’s leading accreditors for health care organizations. They author the international standard for health care organizations in order to promote a quality and safe medical services.

4) The Medical City

The Medical City has been a  medical care service provider for 50 years now. Its main healthcare complex is located in Ortigas, Pasig City. It also has provincial hospitals serving in Clark, Iloilo, Laguna, and Pangasinan. In addition, it also has 40 clinics that are in Metro Manila and in some areas in the province. It also boasts ownership and management of the first and only private hospital in Guam as well as ambulatory clinics in Gulf countries.
The Medical City was accredited by JCI for Hospital Program on 11 November 2006. It also received a subsequent certification for its Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) Program on 23 September 2015.

3) Asian Hospital and Medical Center

Asian Hospital and Medical Center has been officially opened on 11 May 2002. It is a tertiary care hospital situated in Alabang, Muntinlupa City and has a 289-bed capacity. It is operated by Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), an investment arm of the First Pacific Group headed by Manuel V. Pangilinan.
On 30 November 2013, Asian Hospital and Medical Center received the accreditations by the JCI for meeting the international standards for hospitals. It also received different awards from DOH and other local sectors, such as:

  • 2014 Mother-Baby Friendly Hospital
  • 2010 Center for Excellence
  • 2005 Best Modern Hospital
  • 2005 Most Outstanding Modern Hospital

2) Makati Medical Center

Makati Medical Center has been serving in the medical care industry for more than 45 years now. It is located in the Philippines’ primary central business district and has a 600-bed capacity with advanced facilities and equipment. Makati Medical Center has an accreditation from JCI for meeting the Hospital Standard since 2 July 2011. They also received various accreditation from DOH and which includes Center for Excellence, Mother-Baby Friendly Hospital, and Accredited Cellular Therapeutic Center.

In Philippine Star article, Makati Medical Center shared how they strive to improve the quality of their services for their patients. They also shared their achievements they received. They received in 2012 an award for Excellence by prestigious sectors, 11th Asian Hospital Management Awards (AHMA) and Philippine Institute for Development Studies in collaboration with the Center for Health Market Innovation.

They also highlighted the Medical Missions they led and had been supported by other private and government sectors. Their medical Missions in 2012 were held in Metro Manila and some parts of near provinces.

1) St. Luke’s Medical Centers

For private individuals, medical professionals, accreditors, and other organizations, St. Luke’s Medical Centers are definitely the top in the list of the best hospitals in the Philippines. The hospital was established in 1903 by Protestant Episcopal Americans and it now houses ten (10) Institutes, eight (8) departments, twenty (20) centers and 650-bed capacity.

St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City has been accredited by JCI for Academic Medical Center Hospital Program since 22 November 2003.  St. Luke’s Medical Center in Global City, Taguig has also been accredited by JCI for Hospital Program since 1 December 2012. Also in 2012, St. Luke’s Global City was ranked as one of the most beautiful hospitals in the world.

St. Luke’s Medical Centers, both in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and in Quezon City, have been listed as among the top 20 hospitals in the world for 2014 by a research institution located in The Hague, Netherlands. The medical centers have also received many other local and international recognitions that validate the endeavor of the hospital to provide high-quality services.

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There we have our top hospitals in the Philippines. We can conclude that most of the top hospitals have humble beginnings. The forerunner of the hospitals not only pass their knowledge to their successors but their commitment to serve as well.

Whatever awards and recognitions they received today are the result of their hard work and a humble heart to serve.

Is our list of top hospitals in the Philippines similar to ours? We’d like to hear your thoughts through the comments space below.

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