University of Santo Tomas Hospital

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University of Santo Tomas Hospital
UST Hospital Saints Cosmas and Damian Indigent Trust Fund
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UST Hospital
University of Santo Tomas Hospital is located in Metro Manila
University of Santo Tomas Hospital
University of Santo Tomas Hospital is located in Luzon
University of Santo Tomas Hospital
University of Santo Tomas Hospital is located in Philippines
University of Santo Tomas Hospital
LocationA.H. Lacson Avenue, Sampaloc, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Coordinates14°36′39″N 120°59′24″E / 14.61095°N 120.99004°E / 14.61095; 120.99004Coordinates: 14°36′39″N 120°59′24″E / 14.61095°N 120.99004°E / 14.61095; 120.99004
Care systemPrivate, Charity
FundingNon-stock, non-profit
Affiliated universityUniversity of Santo Tomas
PatronSaints Cosmas and Damian
Beds352 private patient beds
460 charity or clinical beds
ListsHospitals in the Philippines
Other linksUniversity of Santo Tomas

The University of Santo Tomas Hospital (simply UST Hospital or USTH) is a hospital located at the University of Santo Tomas. The hospital has two divisions, a clinical teaching hospital that offers inexpensive medical care for indigent patients and a private hospital for patients with financial means, which is partially used to subsidize the clinical division.[1]


The University of Santo Tomas Hospital is the third clinical hospital for the University of Santo Tomas.[2] The university received its first teaching hospital on an 1875 order of King Alfonso of Spain, setting up instruction in the Franciscan hospital San Juan de Dios, established in 1577. During the war, San Juan de Dios was converted to hold the Quezon Institute and St. Paul's Hospital given to the university, but the campus and hospital were destroyed in February 1945 during the Liberation of Manila. With supplies purchased from the United States Army and money borrowed from Elizalde and Company, the university built a new facility. The charity unit opened on February 15, 1945 and the private, pay hospital of the University of Santo Tomas opened on March 7, 1946. The hospital subsequently grew, with the units combining with the completion of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital quadrangle in 1959.

The hospital was early in offering genetic counseling to patients in the Philippines, with a prenatal diagnostic clinic opening in 1984.[3] It opened a pediatric intensive care unit three years thereafter.[1]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital experienced a financial crisis after reporting financial losses from unpaid PhilHealth claims and underpayment of some COVID-19 patients. The management decided to retrench its non-essential staff[4] but has deferred from pushing through with the move.[5]


  1. ^ a b Alora, Angeles Tan; Villareal-Guno, Mary Jean (20 July 2001). "Ethical Issues in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit". In Rosario Angeles T. Alora and Josephine M. Lumitao (ed.). Beyond a Western Bioethics: Voices from the Developing World. Georgetown University Press. p. 75. ISBN 1-58901-249-6.
  2. ^ "About USTH". Archived from the original on 2015-09-12. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  3. ^ Kumar, Dhavendra (13 April 2012). Genomics and Health in the Developing World. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 816. ISBN 978-0-19-970547-4.
  4. ^ Salen, Laurd Menhard (May 3, 2020). "UST Hospital retrenches workers, cites losses, P180M owed by PhilHealth". The Varsitarian. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  5. ^ "UST Hospital defers retrenchment of workers". CNN Philippines. May 4, 2020. Retrieved May 15, 2020.

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