SPMC Journal of Health Care Services

Southern Philippines Medical Center inpatient admissions for the year 2016

SPMC J Health Care Serv. 2017;3(2):5 ARK: https://n2t.net/ark:/76951/jhcs7vfp72

Jesse Jay Baula,1 Clarence Xlasi Ladrero2

1Department of Ophthalmology, Southern Philippines Medical Center, Bajada, Davao City, Philippines
2Research and Publication Office, Southern Philippines Medical Center, Bajada, Davao City, Philippines

Correspondence Jesse Jay Baula, jessejaybaula@gmail.com
Received 29 December 2017
Accepted 29 December 2017
Cite as Baula JJ, Ladrero CX. Southern Philippines Medical Center inpatient admissions for the year 2016. 2017;3(2):5. https://n2t.net/ark:/76951/jhcs7vfp72

The Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) is the largest hospital in the Philippine Department of Health system, with an approved bed capacity of 1,200, by virtue of Republic Act 9792.1 It is situated in one of the most populous Philippine cities, within an administrative region that has six cities, 43 municipalities, and a population of 4.89M as of 2015. Being an end-referral center with several highly specialized clinical services, SPMC also caters to the health needs of patients from different parts of Mindanao and the country. There are already proposals to further increase the bed capacity of SPMC to 1,500, which will place the hospital among the biggest tertiary-level teaching/training health facilities in the country.2

This infographic shows the number of inpatient admissions in SPMC from January 1 to December 31, 2016, which totalled 73,545. Admissions to the Institute of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine in SPMC are not included in this count. The clinical services with the highest numbers of inpatient admissions were: Pediatrics (25,354 admissions), Obstetrics-Gynecology (20,058 admissions), Internal Medicine (13,699 admissions), and Surgery (9,059 admissions). Inpatient admissions were highest in July (7,099 admissions) and August (7,074 admissions), and lowest in February (5,226 admissions), March (5,133 admissions), and April (5,288 admissions).



We would like to thank Ms Lani P Paler and Ms Rhialyn D Dumaquita of the Health Information Management Department in Southern Philippines Medical Center for providing us the census of the inpatient admissions for the year 2016.

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1. Republic of the Philippines. An Act changing the name of the Davao Medical Center in Davao City to the Southern Philippines Medical Center, increasing its bed capacity from six hundred (600) to one thousand two hundred (1,200), upgrading its service facilities and professional health care, authorizing the increase of its medical personnel and appropriating funds therefor, Republic Act 9792 (19 November 2009).

2. Estremera SA. SPMC to become a 1,500 bed hospital soon [Internet]. 2016 December 9 [cited 2017 December 28]. Available from: https://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2016/12/09/spmc-become-1500-bed-hospital-soon-514135. Accessed 28 December 2017.

Copyright © 2017 JJ Baula, et al.


December 29, 2017

Volume 3 Issue 2 (2017)