In the 1960s, a group of doctors, young and brimming with hope came back to the Philippines after their specialty training in the United States. Challenged by the idea of exploring new territories, they ventured to Davao—a quaint city, then surrounded by a lush forest and the prospect of progress in the land of promise.
In 1961, Dr. Honorio Hilario owner of Botica Villa, invited Dr. Luisito Guanlao to set up a clinic in the pharmacy. Soon after, more doctors set up their clinics there as well. Within four years, Botica Villa became a melting pot of medical specialists with various expertise. In 1965, Dr. Guanlao broached the $1 million question” Why not build a hospital for maximum healthcare?”
Thus, in August of 1966, Clinica Hilario, Inc. became a corporation, built on the desire to provide healthcare to the community. The original incorporators were doctors Honorio Hilario, Sr., Luisito Guanlao, Agusto Abela, Gerino Pangan, Pacita San Vicente, Crisostomo Serrano, Sr., Herminio Villano, Sr., and Amador Villanueva. Over the years, from the original 15 incorporators with P85,000 capitalization, the Corporation’s stockholders increased to 154 with a capitalization of P2 million in 1969. In the same year, Davao Doctors Hospital (DDH) opened its doors to the public, starting with a 10-bed capacity.
In 1970, bed capacity increased to a hundred and fifty. Provisions for an Intensive Care Unit were set in place and an Annex was built to accommodate doctor’s clinics. To complement its nursing care, DDH opened the Davao Doctors Hospital School of Nursing with an initial student count of 52. This branch would eventually grow into the subsidiary now known as the Davao Doctors College (DDC), currently offering 11 baccalaureate degrees and serving over 3,000 students.
Recovery and Shifting Focus
The entry of the 80s was greeted with an economic crisis, prompting the temporary suspension of expansion projects and redirecting the Hospital’s focus on people and improvement of services. As DDH recovered, the set-up of medical and diagnostics units at a more rapid pace. The Pulmonary and Bronchoscopy Units, Pediatric Ward, Rehab Section, Resident’s Quarters, and more Doctors’ Clinics were installed.
The 90’s was a decade of investments and developments. Rapid growth prompted the definition and reaffirmation of the Hospital’s direction through the formulation of its vision and mission statements.
In 2000, DDH made history by being the 1st ISO-accredited hospital in the region and the 2nd in the country, having been awarded the ISO 9001 Certification recognizing the Hospital’s service excellence against international standards. It also continued to foster many other firsts in the region, with its Radiation Oncology Department becoming fully operational on top of other improvements.
The Entry of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC)
Finally, in May 2008, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation acquired 34% shareholdings in Davao Doctors Hospital. MPIC is a holding company, with a view to becoming the Philippines' leading investment and management firms, by making significant investments in utilities, infrastructure, and hospitals for the greater cause of nation-building.
The entry of MPIC spurred transformation. A new board of directors we set in place under the chairmanship of Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan.
During this year, the main hospital building underwent major renovations and improvements, accompanied by equipment upgrades.
Today, Davao Doctors Hospital is the largest and the most modern hospital in Mindanao, offering state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic, and intensive care facilities in a one-stop medical center. We are the leader in all medical specialties in the region, making us the healthcare provider of choice for both patients and medical practitioners alike. DDH is the leader in all medical specialties in the region – cardiovascular medicine, orthopedics, gastroenterology and endocrinology, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, nephrology, digestive and liver diseases, oncology, and radiation oncology.
We are home to eleven medical specialties, each with an approved Medical Residency Training Program, namely: (1) Anesthesiology, (2) Internal Medicine, (3) Obstetrics and Gynecology, (4) Ophthalmology, (5) Pediatrics, (6) Radiology, (7) Surgery, (8) ENT, (9) Nuclear Medicine, (10) Orthopedics and (11) Radiation Oncology. These departments are manned by more than 400 consultants, accredited by various U.S. and Philippine Specialty and Sub-specialty boards.
With PhilHealth-accreditation as a Level 4 Tertiary Facility, DDH continues to move towards higher standards of patient care in Mindanao and the Southeast Asian Region, by providing excellent service, the most comprehensive facilities, the latest technology, and world-class expertise.
Our Vision. Our Mission.
The Unparalleled Health Institution Beyond Borders.
To ensure excellent clinical outcomes.
To nurture a culture of learning and develop highly effective healthcare professionals.
To provide clients with delightful experiences.
To collaborate seamlessly with stakeholders.
To adhere to the highest standards of Safety, Quality, and Excellence in service.
At the core, we desire to uplift life itself. We pride ourselves in providing care that enables our customers to live life to the fullest through a lifelong partnership with our organization. Because, here, at Davao Doctors Hospital, We Care for Life!