Northern Mindanao Medical Center
NORTHERN MINDANAO MEDICAL CENTER (NMMC) is a center of wellness and excellence and an accredited Level IV DOH hospital in Region 10. Located within the Provincial Capitol Compound in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, it is an 89 year old hospital that metamorphosed from a 20-bed Misamis Public Hospital in 1918 to a 50-bed Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital in 1945 then to a 200-bed Northern Mindanao Regional Training Hospital (NMRTH). It became the 300-bed Northern Mindanao Medical Center on March 11, 1995 by virtue of RA 7938.
As a training center, its eleven (11) programs/specialties are fully accredited by specialty boards. As a Level IV health facility, it serves and provides the highest attainable health care in Region 10 and the neighboring regions, provinces and municipalities.
NMMC through the Years
The humble beginnings of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) can be traced to a wood and nipa structure in Carmen, in what was then known as the District of Cagayan de Misamis, 83 years ago, during the American occupation of the Philippines . This building was actually a public schoolhouse, which by necessity was converted into an emergency hospital during a cholera outbreak.
In 1919, this small hospital was named the Misamis Public Hospital and it continued to function as a hospital in various health epidemics like smallpox and cholera.
With the continues growth of the population and demand for health services, a new building was constructed in 1932 in the hospital present site near the Provincial Capitol. This was a wooden structure with a 25-bed capacity. However, World War II decimated this building, which was later rehabilitated after the war. Bed capacity was also increased to 50 at this time.
In 1945, the Misamis Public Hospital was renamed the Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital with Dr. Jose Zamora as the first Chief of Hospital.
In 1956, additional buildings were constructed which increased the total ved capacity to 75 beds.
In 1966, by virtue of Republic Act 4662 which was signed and took effect on June 18, 1966 , the Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital was converted to Northern Mindanao Regional Training Hospital (NMRTH). Services were departmentalized and it became a teaching hospital, admitting post-graduate interns and offering residency training in various departments. Bed capacity was greatly increased at this time to 200 beds.
The Northern Mindanao community Heart Center a satellite of the Philippine Heart Center was established in the hospital in 1983, in order to address the increasing prevalence of heart disease in the Filipino population.
Republic Act 7983, signed in March 11, 1995 reclassified NMRTH as a medical center and thus, the Northern Mindanao Medical Center or NMMC was born.
At present, NMMC is a tertiary hospital with a 300-bed capacity. The hospital was indeed gone a long way from simple wood and nipa structure to what it is at present, a fully departmentalized hospital offering top quality medical training to medical and other paramedical graduates.
NMMC at present…
NMMC at present is situated in an 11,000 square meter area within the Provincial Capitol Compound. It serves not only patients from Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental where it is located, but also receives patients from nearby provinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Occidental, Lanao Norte, Zamboanga del Norte and the Agusan Provinces .
All service capabilities of a tertiary training medical center are available in NMMC as well as some subspecialties in all clinical services.
Since last year, the infrastructure of NMMC has been a noticeable accomplishment. The new additions to the building complexes house the executive offices, the Radiologic Department, an Auditorium, a new Emergency Room Complex, a renovated Delivery Room, a Nursery, and OB-GYN wards. In addition, there are new buildings which house the Outpatient department and Cobalt therapy Service and there are new Supply and Laundry Buildings . Inter connecting bridges and corridors were constructed to connect the new buildings to the old and landscaping of the grounds has been improved.
NMMC is committed to provide the highest attainable health care, servicing the communities of Region 10 and the neighboring provinces in Mindanao . The hospital's services shall be the most comprehensive, efficient, quality-driven and clinically effective in the region with the sustenance of promotive, preventive and primary health care programs.
A center of excellence that provides health care services with integrity, reflective of a highly specialized level IV institution. A center of wellness that encourages people participation and self-reliance for health; assumes leadership in public health programs. An economically viable institution to achieve fiscal autonomy. Sustain a leading-edge in the fields of medical training.
To achieve good public image as a government hospital To obtain economic viability
To implement and sustain the Department of Health programs. To emphasize and practice total quality care in all service areas for patient satisfaction. To improve the financial system for economic viability that is ultimately geared towards fiscal autonomy. To complete Hospital Development Plan and maintain the existing facilities. To identify other source of funds and develop fund raising activities. To sustain other, programs and support groups for better service delivery.
"Northern Mindanao Medical Center" Northern Mindanao Medical Center (July 20, 2007)