About Bicol Medical Center
"To be the premier medical center in Bicol."
"Provide high quality tertiary health care services and world class training and research."
- Love of God
"Compassionate and Excellent Service with Integrity"
In fulfillment of this Vision and Mission and guided by our philosopy, we fully commit our principles:
"Our PATIENTS are our reason for being,
Our EMPLOYEES are our most valued asset,
Our SUPPLIERS are our business partners,
Our ADVERSARY is our catalysts towards continuing service excellence,
Our COMMUNITY is our HEALTH CARE environment and society we serve."
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8053 - AN ACT CONVERTING THE BICOL REGIONAL TRAINING AND TEACHING HOSPITAL INTO BICOL MEDICAL CENTER. DEFINING ITS FUNCTIONS, RESPONSIBILITIES, POWERS AND AUTHORITY, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR.
Sec 1. The Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Naga City is hereby converted and its name changed to Bicol Medical Center, hereinafter referred to as the Center.
Sec. 2. All patients requiring hospitalization and/or special medical services coming from the different provinces and cities of the Bicol Region, who cannot be given such adequate services in their local hospitals shall be referred by the latter to, and attended by the Center. It shall continue its teaching/training and research programs and admit interns as its facilities may permit.
Sec. 3. The Bicol Medical Center is hereby authorized to operate on a 300-bed capacity excluded of the 200-bed capacity of Don Susano V. Rodriguez Memorial Mental Hospital at Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur, which is under its jurisdiction, supervision and control. Any increase in the bed capacity shall be made or demanded by the exigencies of the services upon prior approval thereof by the Secretary of Health.
Sec. 4. Patients who can afford to pay the cost of hospitalization and/or medical treatment extended to them shall be required to do so, Indigents who are not members of any health insurance program shall not be required to pay the cost of hospitalization and/or medical services rendered: provided, that the Center shall ensure that they are subsequently enrolled in the national health insurance program. The patient's capacity to pay or their indigency shall be determined by the Center.
Sec. 5. The regional director upon prior authority of the Secretary of Health may negotiate and/or accept donations or grants from any person, natural or juridical domestic or foreign, for the use of Center for the improvement of, or addition to its facilities geared at modernization.
Sec. 6. All assets, fixed and movable personnel and records of the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Naga City as well as liabilities or obligations are hereby transferred to the Center: provided, however, that the position, rights and security of tenure of personnel therein employed prior to absorption by the Center are not impaired.
Sec. 7. In addition to the amount already appropriated to the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH), there is hereby authorized to be appropriated the amount necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act which shall be included in the General Appropriations Act of the year following its enactment into law and thereafter.
Sec. 8. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
(Note: Lapsed into law on June 15, 1995, without the signature of the President, on accordance with Article VI, Section (1) of the Constitution.)
In 1933, Bicol Medical Center started as a 25-bed provincial hospital housed in a rented vintage residential Spanish house at then Mabini Street, now Penafrancia Avenue under the leadership of Dr. Francisco Gomez. Facilities were extremely inadequate that the hospital was closed in 1936. The Camarines Sur Provincial Government then subsidized a private hospital owned by the late Dr. Arsenio Imperial to fill the need for a provincial hospital but admissions were limited.
The year 1940 marked a milestone in the annals of the health care program in Camarines Sur. The blueprint of the present hospital was finalized that year and construction began. A sprawling 150,000-square-meter, 1-story-hospital-building was finished in 1941 but the Japanese invaded during World War II and the hospital never got to be inaugurated. It was looted by both Japanese soldiers and Filipino opportunists leaving the building completely bare. Nevertheless, the hospital operated through sheer determination and perseverance of its staff amidst hardship, insurmountable obstacles and grave danger. The hospital was in full operation when it was converted into barracks for the Japanese. It therefore became target for American bombing and the hospital eventually was in ruins.
In 1945, under the auspices of the Philippine Civilian Affairs Unit of the American Government, the hospital managed to rise again. Facilities were scarce and beds were made from available materials-the native bamboo.
In 1946-1947, the Institution became a recipient of the United States Reparation Forces for damages wrought by the war. Under the leadership of Dr. Ricardo de Castro as Chief of Hospital, facilities were improved and the hospital bed capacity was increased from 25 to 50 and then 75. He resigned in the immediate post-war era (1949). Dr. Salvador Ibanez under whose term buildings were put up succeeded him. These were the Chief’s Quarters, Resident Physician’s Quarters, Nurses’ Dormitory, Hospital Garage and the Laundry building.
In 1955, the first Nursing School in Bicol, the University of Nueva Caceres, School of Nursing, affiliated with the hospital. There was much to be done, Dr. Vicente Trinidad became Vice-Chief to Dr. Ibanez.
In 1959, the Out-Patient Department Building was constructed. The hospital continued to grow and the hospital bed capacity was also increased to 100 in the same year.
In 1961, the hospital was upgraded and authorized to operate on a 150-bed capacity. A Polio Department was constructed which eventually housed the Medical Ward. Care and treatment of mental patients on an out-patient basis was also provided for, although management was then, still under the direct supervision of the National Mental Hospital.
In 1970, the affiliation of the different schools of nursing and midwifery was approved and medical interns were accepted. This facilitated upgrading of the hospital bed capacity to 200. More construction ensued for the Pay and Medicare patients annex with the release of P1 million pesos by the Ministry of Public Works and Highways in 1975.
By 1977, the Pay Medical, Obstetrical and Pediatric patients including the Veterans and Medicare patients were transferred to the then quite unfinished quarter-portion of the new building. Simultaneously, the following were also constructed: the Administrative Officer’s Quarters, power house, metal water tank and the Pay Building for Contagious Diseases while the laundry building and Nurses’ dormitory underwent renovation.
In 1978, the hospital was designated the Provincial Hospital of Camarines Sur. Under the strong leadership of Dr. Olivia Dumlao-Gaerlan, thorough face-lift programs like beautification of the premises and intensive cleanliness drive were implemented. Dr. Gaerlan enforced personnel discipline and enhanced the training programs. She started the position paper to upgrade the hospital from Provincial Hospital to the Bicol Regional Teaching and Training Hospital.
In 1979, the hospital bed capacity was further increased to 250-beds.
In 1984, the integration of Don Susano J Rodriguez Memorial Mental Hospital (DSJRMMH), a 200-bed hospital in Cadlan, Pili as part of the Regional Teaching and Training Hospital now increased the total hospital bed complement to 450. This resulted in budgetary constraints, shortage of personnel, limited equipment and minimal infrastructure outlays.
With the implementation of EO No. 851 which called for integrated health and hospital services, a provincial hospital in Camarines Sur distinct from the designated regional hospital was necessary. There being none, the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) also assumed its former role of provincial hospital in Camarines Sur and continued to do so.
In 1988, Dr. Felipe S. del Rosario became the Chief of Hospital. Pursuant to RA 7454 the Camarines Sur Provincial hospital was converted to Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital. However, the designation as a Regional Hospital had no corresponding increase in its appropriation.
The Emergency Room Medical and Ancillary (ERMA) building was constructed during this period.
In spite upgraded facilities as a regional hospital and trained health care workers, there was need for a well-equipped tertiary hospital where the poor and disadvantaged may seek medical consultation and treatment that otherwise may only be available in Manila.
On June 15, 1995, during the incumbency of President Fidel Ramos, RA No. 8053 lapsed into law. With an additional 50 more bed capacity, Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital was now the Bicol Medical Center with bed capacity for 500. It was also in the same year that the Center was designated as Center for Wellness under the leadership of Dr. Adan R. Eva.
As an upgraded medical center, there were 120 more new and 42 reclassified positions. There was acquisition of basic as well as sophisticated equipments like a 2-Dimensional echocardiogram, stress test, laparoscopy and endoscopy sets, and others. Capital outlay was spent for the construction of various buildings such as the BMC Auditorium, Andaya Hall, Library, Pay Ward building, dormitories, Chief nurse and CMPS quarters, Laundry, Maintenance, and additional wards at the Psychiatric Department.
In 1998, three (3) more positions were added under the National Voluntary Blood Donations Program, increasing the manpower complement to 543. Nevertheless, this manpower is only 72% of the standard requirement for a 300-bed-capacity medical center. This does not include a manpower requirement of 198 for a 200-bed mental ward.
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Be Proud to be a Filipino, YOU are a descendant of a noble race.
MARIA ESTRELLA B. LITAM, MD, MBA-H
(General Pediatrics – Infectious Diseases)
Fellow, Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS)
Fellow, Philippine Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines (PIDSP)
Professor, Bicol University – College of Medicine
Telefax: (054) 472-5041
MARY GUAZON-UY, MD, FPDS, FAAD, MPH
Chief of Medical Professional Staff II
Trunkline: (054) 472-3434 loc. 201, 202
AMELIA V. ENRIQUEZ, MAN
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SIEGFREDO L. LOPEZ, MBA-H
Supervising Administrative Officer
HOSPITAL OPERATIONS AND PATIENT SUPPORT SERVICES
Telefax: (054) 472-0557
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Trunkline: (054) 472-3434 loc. 101, 103
EVELYN V. SAYSON
Supervising Administrative Officer
Telefax: (054) 811-2227
Trunkline: (054) 472-3434 loc. 402