Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center

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Ospital ng Maynila
Medical Center
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
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Ospital ng Maynila
Location Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Care system Public, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) accredited
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
Emergency department Yes
Beds approx 300
Founded 1969
Lists Hospitals in Philippines

The Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center (Hospital of Manila; abbreviation: OMMC) is a 300-bed non-profit tertiary, general and training hospital in Malate, Manila, Philippines. It is the laboratory hospital of health science students (students of medicine, nursing and physical therapy) enrolled at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, one of the Philippines' most prestigious universities.

As hospital operated and maintained through taxes paid by Manila residents, OMMC has for its primary concern the admission and treatment of patients who are bona fide residents of the city. Furthermore, it is responsible for the provision of an integrated community health program and in the promotion of scientific excellence through research activities.


The Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center

Studies reveal that an alarming number of city residents die without medical attendance. During the year 1967, 16.45% of the total deaths in the city occurred without medical attendance, and 14.43% with incomplete medical attendance. Added to this problem was the fact all the four national hospitals located in the city cannot accommodate all needy patients and even refuse some 8,000 patients a month.

The enactment on June 22, 1957, or Republic Act 1939, otherwise known as the Hospital Financing Act, spurred the City of Manila to establish its own hospital. The law required Manila to contribute 1% of its annual income for the operation and maintenance of national hospitals in the city.

Events leading to the establishment of the city hospital followed rapidly:

  • December 30, 1959– Then Councilor Eriberto A. Remigio sponsors, and the municipal board enacts, Ordinance No. 4201 appropriating the amount of PHP 1 million for the construction of the city hospital.
  • January 11, 1960– In his inaugural address before the municipal board, the late Mayor Arsenio H. Lacson endorsed the hospital project which he said would cost PHP 6 million.
  • October 11, 1960– Mayor Lacson issues Executive Order No. 39 creating a city general hospital advisory committee.
  • May 23, 1961– The municipal board, presided over by then Vice Mayor Antonio J. Villegas, passes Ordinance No. 4363 appropriating in additional amount of PHP 1.5 million, as requested by Mayor Lacson.
  • April 11, 1962– Then President Diosdado Macapagal issues Presidential Proclamation No. 31 turning over to the City of Manila for hospital purposes the national government property at the corner of Harrison and Roxas Boulevard.
  • April 15, 1962– Immediately upon assumption to office, Mayor Villegas pushes through the construction of the city hospital in the consonance with his program of “Libreng Pilipino” which hold, among other tings, that the right to medical care is part of the larger and more basic right of the individual to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
  • September 11, 1962– The cornerstone of the city hospital is laid under the auspices of Mayor Antonio J. Villegas.
  • October 20, 1962– At the instance of Mayor Villegas, the municipal board passes Ordinance No. 4636 naming the proposed city general hospital as the Arsenio H. Lacson Memorial Hospital.
  • December 18, 1963– Actual construction work on the hospital building begins.
  • December 5, 1968– Upon the insistent representations of Mayor Lacson’s widow, the municipal board passes Ordinanace No. 6807 renaming the hospital as the Ospital ng Maynila.

OMMC was established on January 31, 1969 by the government of the City of Manila. The primary motivation in establishing the Medical Center was to provide city residents, 80% of who are classified as indigents, a better standard of medical care. It was originally planned to provide a total in-patient capacity of 300 beds and 60–90 nursery cribs. In addition, an outpatient department was included to provide medical care to ambulatory patients.

In May 2005, OMMC renovated its Emergency Department, Infirmary Ward and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Nursery). Moreover, it also acquired 250 new hospital beds, two incubators, two respirators, and Computed Tomography (CT) Scan services that is free for all legitimate residents of Manila.[1]

On December 23, 2008, the hospital integrated the anthroposophic framework beginning with the institutionalization of integrative and complimentary alternative medicine through the help of Dr. Michaela Glocker, who is the leader of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum, the School of Spiritual Science in Dornach, Switzerland since 1988.[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]

The internationally acclaimed OMMC Department of Surgery

In 2004, the OMMC Department of Surgery won in the Human Resource and Development category for its Knowledge Management System. The award was presented in ceremonies at the Plaza Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, to the hospital director Dr. Christia Padolina and surgery department head Dr. Reynaldo Joson. It bested 166 projects from 55 hospitals in 11 countries, and it is also the first public hospital to win in the Asian Hospital Management Awards.[3][4] A year later, the OMMC Department of Surgery was awarded 1st Runner-up in the 2005 Asian Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards for the Best Workplace Practices Category for its Conducive Practice Program for Surgical Residents.[5]

In 2007, the OMMC was the recipient of the prestigious Anvil Awards and received citations in recognition of its Class A medical services and facilities.[6]


As the premiere city and training hospital, the OMMC has an annual budget of PhP 253.6 million.[6] In 2008, an additional PhP 30 million was allotted for the hospital to further improve its facilities.[7]

Organizational structure[edit]

Departmental organization[edit]

The various departments, including both in-patient and out-patient services, are grouped under 3 major services:

Administrative Services[edit]

The Board of Trustees, the governing body of the hospital, formulates all the general policies regarding the operation of the hospital, and recommended, for the Mayor’s consideration, the appointment of hospital staff and personnel, as well as assist in securing additional financial support for the hospital. The members, who are appointees of the mayor, serve on a voluntary basis and not entitled to any remuneration.

The Hospital Administrator, the actual authority for the administration of the hospital, is in direct charge of its management and responsible for the smooth functioning of hospital activities. The administrator is guided by policies determined by the Board and shall coordinate effectively medical, nursing, and administrative services, in order to attain the objectives or goals of the hospitals.

Medical services[edit]


Apart from the Outpatient Services, Medical Services Division is sub-divided into the different departments namely:

Family Medicine Surgery
Pediatrics Obstetrics & Gynecology
Anesthesia Ophthalmology
Otorhinolaryngology Dermatology
Pathology Radiology
Emergency Department Internal Med & Intensive Care
Residency Training Program[edit]

The Department of Family and Community Medicine in the Ospital ng Maynila has a distinguished history of excellence in its medical services, training education and research program. Our accredited residency program ensures the department's legacy of developing 5-star physicians and community leaders continues. The training is a three-year program fully accredited by the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians. It uses as curriculum the highly effective spiral rotation for the holistic training of its residents that ensures they will always remember and practice what they have learned.

The mentors and consultants of the Family Medicine are respected and well-known Family Physicians in the country. This includes Family Physician of the Year, Dr. Isabelita Samaniego, fellow for life and examiner, Dra. Cecilia Cuaresma, and distinguished members and authors of the different boards and review committees of medical textbooks and practice guidelines like Dr. Paolo de Castro and Dra Alyssa Calderon. Graduates from this institution have had successful practices in their own hometowns. They have also become catalyst of change in their localities and leaders in the communities.

The General Surgery Residency Training Program of the hospital is a five-year program fully accredited by the Philippine Society of General Surgeons. It is highly structured and has a well-defined general surgery curriculum in which the philosophy, learning objectives, content, teaching-learning activities, and assessment methods are clearly described, implemented as planned, regularly monitored and evaluated annually for improvements.

The teaching-learning activities are formulated always with effectiveness, efficiency, and humaneness in mind. These consist of active and self-directed learning activities; community-oriented, competency-based, and problem-based learning approaches; and, a variety of innovative and student-friendly learning methods such as simulated learning, debates, computer-aided and internet-aided studies.

The program also provides career assistance such as preparation for the Philippine Board of Surgery examinations, privilege to have private practice in OMMC while preparing for the certifying examinations, and placement through the Surgeon to Surgeonless Community Program and fellowship programs in other hospitals.[8]

Nursing and Allied services[edit]

The driveway to the Emergency Department of the hospital

The Nursing Services is responsible for the provision of an organized program of nursing care to patients; the provision of education and training to its staff; the establishment of a positive program of selection and recruitment of nursing personnel; programming nursing budgetary needs; conducting of periodic standardization program in nursing; and conducting nursing research and studies. Other departments are engineering and dietary services.

Along with the clinical departments the following services were included:

Dental Services PLM-OMMC Medical Library
Psychiatry Service Medical Social Service
Medical Records and Library Hemodialysis
Children's Cancer Ward Homeward Haven:HIV/AIDS Care Services


  1. ^ Antonio, Raymund F. (June 29, 2005). "Atienza says Health Services Remain Priority of City Hall". The Manila Bulletin Online. Archived from the original on June 29, 2005. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  2. ^ Lim endorses integration of anthroposophic framework at OMMC. Balita-dot-ph. December 23, 2008.
  3. ^ "Asian Hospital Management Awards Archives". Hospital Management Asia. 2004. Archived from the original on 2004. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Ospital ng Maynila gets Prestigious International Award". “The Manila Bulletin Online”. October 10, 2004. Archived from the original on October 10, 2004. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  5. ^ Center for Corporate Responsibility (2005). "Asian Corporate Social Responsibility Awards recognizes Outstanding CSR Programs". “The Asian Institute of Management Website”. Archived from the original on 2005. Retrieved August 12, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b "Atienza says Health Services Remain Priority of City Hall". The Manila Bulletin Online. April 15, 2007. Archived from the original on April 15, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  7. ^ Lontayao, Rommel C. "More funds for Manila hospitals". The Manila Times Internet Edition. February 19, 2008.
  8. ^ "General Surgery Residency Training Program at the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center". Pinoy.MD. 2004. Archived from the original on 2004. Retrieved March 23, 2007. 

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