The Riverside Medical Center, Inc. (RMCI) is the owner and operator of the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital (DPOTMH) a premier hospital and medical center located in Bacolod City. Founded on 1954, it has since grown from an 8-bed clinic to a 5-storey, 330-bed medical center and tertiary institution. Functioning as a training and teaching hospital, the DPOTMH is accredited for post-graduate medical education by the specialty board of doctors in the different fields of Surgery, Medicine, OB-Gyne, Pediatrics, and Anesthesiology. The DPOTMH is also 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. The DPOTMH has top-of-the-line equipment in its Diagnostics, Imaging Department, and Clinical Pathological Laboratory.
On June 11, 1961, Dr. Pablo O. Torre, the founder of RMCI, started the School of Midwifery. He later 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, Dr. Torre 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. This institution is now known as the Riverside College, Inc.
Through the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Foundation, Inc., a non-profit, non-partisan organization, the Riverside Medical Center, Inc. dedicates a portion of its resources to improving the lives of impoverished Negrenses. The Foundation has 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, RMCI has also built several homes in a continuing effort to help underprivileged Negrenses. It has religiously provided support to St. Mary’s Home for the Aged in the form of goods and supplies.
The Riverside Medical Center, Inc. is also in the forefront of environmental awareness and advocacy in the city. It currently operates 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 RMCI to recycle used water into potable drinking water. In addition to this, RMCI also has one of the best Solid Waste Management programs and Recycling programs in the city.
True to its Mission to continuously improve its services, facilities, and equipment, the Riverside Medical Center, Inc., under the leadership of then President & CEO 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 then to Bacolod City and Negros Occidental the fastest and strongest MRI in the region. Plans were thereafter drawn to construct a modern and updated ICU.
That same year, the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital was also adjudged as the Best Hospital for the 2009 Gawad KALASAG award of the National Disaster Coordinating Council. The Hospital was awarded a plaque and P50,000 by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
When Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) later partnered with Riverside Medical Center, Inc., in 2010, one of the agreements made was that the 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 finally opened.
Now, enjoying the full support of the MPIC and forming part of the Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings Inc. (MPHHI), the Riverside Medical Center, Inc., proudly stand at the forefront of the health industry in the province. Shortly after, the reins of the corporation were turned over to current President & CEO Genesis Goldi D. Golingan. The Hospital was almost immediately 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 RMCI – a new hospital building to complement the existing one.
While the New Hospital Building was being constructed, the RMCI opened UNA KONSULTA – its Primary Care Clinic at the SM City Bacolod, bringing its services closer to people in the area.
It later opened, as part of its Specialty Centers, the Metro Riverside Cancer Care Center, the first and currently the only one in the province of Negros. The Cancer Center caters specifically to the radiation treatment needs of cancer patients. It offers radiation treatment, such as Conventional External Beam Radiation, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy and Image Guided Radiation Therapy.
RMCI also opened its Wound Care Center dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized management to help patients with non-healing and complicated wounds of all types.
In July 2022, the 7-storey New Hospital Building was finally blessed. Located beside the main hospital, the New Hospital Building will now provide, among others, additional patient beds to the main hospital. The New Hospital 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 New Hospital Building will house the new Hemodialysis Center, a Physical Medicine and Fitness Center, and a Day Surgery Unit.
This is the continuing legacy of Dr. Pablo O. Torre and Riverside Medical Center, Inc., to the people of Negros – a medical 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 proud member of the Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings, Inc.