The Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital (DPOTMH), a premier hospital and medical center located in Bacolod City was founded on 1954 and has grown from an 8-bed clinic to a 5-storey, 330-bed medical center and tertiary institution. It is also a training and teaching hospital, accredited for post-graduate medical education by the specialty board of doctors in the different fields of Surgery, Medicine, OB-Gyne, Pediatrics, and Anesthesiology. DPOTMH is regarded as being on the cutting edge of diagnostic and treatment technology in the region. It boasts of having the most competent and knowledgeable healthcare personnel in the province. DPOTMH has top-of-the-line equipment in its Diagnostics, Imaging Department, and Clinical Pathological Laboratory.
On June 11, 1961, Dr. Pablo O. Torre started the School of Midwifery. He opened the School of Nursing on June 23, 1963. The school was instituted with the help of Mrs. Hyster Yanson Quiamco, a nursing graduate of Silliman University, who later became the school’s first principal. Six years later, the hospital opened the College of Liberal Arts and was authorized to offer supplemental courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 1975, several courses were introduced, including a two-year Medical Secretarial Course, B.S. Community Nutrition, and a three-year course in Associate in Radiologic Technology.
The Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital has recently been adjudged Best Hospital for the 2009 Gawad KALASAG award of the National Disaster Coordinating Council. The Hospital was awarded a plaque and P50,000 by President Macapagal Arroyo.
Through the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Foundation, Inc., a non-profit, non-partisan organization, Riverside Medical Inc. dedicates a portion of its resources to improving the lives of impoverished Negrenses. For the year 2010 alone, the Foundation aided a good number of beneficiaries through free clinics, medical missions, community welfare services, and scholarship programs conducted all over Negros. Hand in hand with Gawad Kalinga, Riverside Medical Center, Inc. has built several homes in a continuing effort to help underprivileged Negrenses. It has also religiously provided support to St. Mary’s Home for the Aged in the form of goods and supplies.
Riverside Medical Center, Inc. is also in the forefront of environmental awareness and advocacy in the city. It has a fully functional Sewage Treatment Plant which recycles used water and treats it so that it can be reused for flushing toilets, washing equipment, and watering plants. An additional component to the Sewage Treatment Plant would later allow Riverside Medical Center, Inc. to recycle used water into potable drinking water. In addition to this, it also has a Solid Waste Management program and a Recycling program.
True to its Mission to continuously improve its services, facilities, and equipment, the Hospital, under the leadership of Dr. Hector L. Torre, took an aggressive stance in developing its services. In 2009, the Hospital acquired a 1.5 Tesla MRI from Siemens, bringing to Bacolod City and Negros Occidental the fastest and strongest MRI in the region. Plans were then after drawn in connection with the construction of a modern and updated ICU. When Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) partnered with Riverside Medical Corporation, Inc., in 2010, one of the agreements made was that MPIC commit itself to the completion of the new ICU. In 2011, under then President & CEO Arlene P. Ledesma, the new ICU, designed based on international standards and using state-of-the-art equipment, was opened.
Now, enjoying full support of the MPIC and forming part of the Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings Inc. (MPHHI), Riverside stands at the forefront of the health industry in the province. Shortly after, the reins of the corporation were turned over to President & CEO Genesis Goldi D. Golingan and the Hospital was promptly placed under the limelight with the opening of Station One, the first and then only hospital wing with hotel-like amenities and services. This, coupled with the update and development of the Hospital Pharmacy, heralded the much loftier plans of Mr. Golingan for Riverside – a new hospital building to complement the existing one.
With the construction of the 7-storey Master Plan Building beside the main hospital, Riverside will stand to have an additional 200 beds available making it a 500-bed capacity hospital.
Among others, the Master Plan Building will also house 10 additional Major Operating Rooms, a dedicated Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) room, a Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), a Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), and a Catherization Laboratory, which incidentally will be the first in Bacolod. Additionally, the ground floor of the Master Plan Building will house the new Hemodialysis Center, a Physical Medicine and Fitness Center, and a Day Surgery Unit. The first phase of the construction is expected to be completed within two years – the rest of the project, a few years after that.
Riverside has also recently opened UNA KONSULTA – its Primary Care Clinic at the SM City Bacolod, bringing its services closer to people in the area.
Another first that is being constructed is a fully-functional Cancer Center which will be the first and perhaps the only one in Negros.
This is the continuing legacy of Dr. Pablo O. Torre and Riverside to the people of Negros – a facility that provides world-class quality patient care for everyone.
The Riverside Medical Center, Inc., is the owner and operator of the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital and is a member of the Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings, Inc.