UMC Dasmarinas is actually short for DLSUMC which stands for De La Salle University Medical Center. DLSUMC is located in Dasmarinas Cavite because the medical school of DLSU is located in its satellite campus in Congressional Avenue, Dasmariñas City, Cavite, Philippines.
The DLSUMC in particular serves as the main teaching hospital of the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, while at the same time a healthcare institution or hospital that caters the population within the vicinity of the Dasmarinas and its nearby towns. UMC Dasmarinas was as originally launched as a teaching and training hospital for the Emilio Aguinaldo College of Medicine (EACM) in 1982. However, EACM was later acquired by De La Salle University in 1987.
As a partner of the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, the private hospital is primarily owned by the Brothers of Christian Schools, a Catholic Congregation founded by St. John Baptist de La Salle. Administration of the hospital is provided by the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, a missionary Congregation, founded by Fr. Louis Chauvet that is essentially engaged in healthcare ministry. Incidentally, the same congregation of nuns is responsible for institution of St. Paul University.
Inspired by the Lasallian principles of Faith, Service and Communion in Mission, the UMC is dedicated to the provision of a health care service that is centered on patient, comprehensive and compassionate. What distinguishes the health and medical care provision of UMC is its inclusion of a Christian touch. Thus, unlike most hospital institutions where one can only see doctors and nurses, there are also many nuns, La Salle brothers, priests and other religious practitioners in the every floor of the hospital that administer both the medical and spiritual needs of patients and their families. While the hospital utilizes the advances of medical science in curing and rehabilitating the sick, it nevertheless underscores the importance of faith and God’s providence in attaining health.
UMC Dasmarinas is actually composed of many buildings. The original building that acted as the teaching hospital of EAC only has 100 bed capacity. The four-storey Raul Wu Chiu Kuan annex was added in 1990 to further increase its capacity to accommodate more patients. With the continuously growing need for health care service, the Doña Teodorica Favis De Rivero Hall was built, which is a 10-storey building that further expand the health care services to more people.
Aside from its Christian oriented health care service, UMC also prides itself of having the latest and most advance healthcare equipment comparable to the leading private hospitals in Metro Manila. It provides specialization in the fields of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Otorhinolaryngology (ENT), Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pathology and Clinical Laboratories Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, and Radiology, among others. Its affiliation with an academic institution makes it an active institution in medical research and development. Because of this, UMC Dasmarinas become the first hospital in the Philippines to be awarded the ISO 9001-Certification, the international standard that recognizes quality management systems.
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