DAVAO CITY March 14 (PIA)- The Southern Philippine Medical Center (SPMC) will celebrate its 100th year founding anniversary this 2017. The kick-off celebration was held yesterday (March 13).
The SPMC’s 100th anniversary celebration will be held on August 11 at the SMX Convention Center in Lanang.
Among its kick-off activities was the unveiling of the new logo which came from Dr. Bendatu Ali Dalandag of the SPMC Otorhinolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery department. Dr. Dalandag submitted his entry during the SPMC’s theme writing and logo design contest held November last year.
SPMC was established in 1917 during the American colonial period as the Davao Public Hospital, it was first situated along San Pedro Street in Davao City. In 1946 it was renamed as the Davao General Hospital and its bed capacity increased from the original 25-beds to 200 beds. In 1957 the hospital transferred to its current location along JP Laurel and was renamed as the Davao Regional Medical and Training Center.
In 1986 the hospital was again renamed as the Davao Medical Center and its bed capacity increased to 600.
In November 2009 by virtue of Republic Act 09792 the name was changed into the Southern Philippine Medical Center and increasing its bed capacity to 1,200.
Dr. Leopoldo Vega SPMC Chief of Hospital said that they will increase their facilities and services particularly specialized services once available in Manila.
The Department of Health has already approved the increase of SPMC’s bed capacity to a 1,500-bed tertiary hospital.
Among the projects in the pipeline are the construction of the orthopedic institute and the kidney transplant institute which will be started this year. (PIA/RG Alama)