A Brief History of the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute
The De La Salle Health Sciences Institute today is a premier higher education institution that forms future medical and health allied professionals who will have the commitment and dedication to become catalysts of the spiritual, social, and economic transformation of our country.
Its roots are equally noble. In 1977, the University Physicians Foundation, Inc, was organized to establish a medical school in Dasmariñas, Cavite, in support of the then government’s policy of dispersing educational facilities outside the capital city and encouraging the establishment of medical schools in various regions of the country to ensure the delivery of quality health care in the regions. Originally named Emilio Aguinaldo College of Medicine, the school opened in 1979 with the Jose P. Rizal National Medical Research Center as its initial teaching hospital.
In 1980, the Foundation acquired 1.2 hectares of additional property and construction was started for a 180-bed teaching hospital. This 4-storey hospital, the University Medical Center, was inaugurated on July 31, 1982. In 1985, the construction of the second 4-storey Medical Research Building for the College of Medicine started. These were the forerunners of today’s De La Salle University Medical Center.
In June 1987, the ownership and management of the Emilio Aguinaldo College of Medicine and the University Medical Center were acquired by the De La Salle University. The College of Medicine was renamed the De La Salle University-Emilio Aguinaldo College of Medicine and the hospital the De La Salle University Medical Center.
Since the De La Salle Brothers assumed ownership of both the hospital and the college, both have steadily grown. In 1990, the De La Salle University Medical Center continued its expansion with the inauguration of the WU Building. In 1992, the college was renamed the De La Salle University College of Medicine. On April 7, 1994, the De La Salle University Angelo King Medical Research Center was established. In June 1994, the management of the College of Physical Therapy which was then part of DLSU-Aguinaldo (now DLSU-Dasmariñas) was turned over to the De La Salle University College of Medicine. By June 1995, the complex consisting of the College of Medicine, University Medical Center, College of Physical Therapy and Research Services was named De La Salle University – Health Sciences Campus or DLSU-HSC under the ownership and administration of the St. Bro. Miguel Febres Cordero Medical Education Foundation.
The DLSU Medical center continued to grow with the opening of the 10-storey Teodorica Favis Vda. De Rivero Hall in 1997 and of the one-storey Jose Sotto Tantiansu Center Institute in 1988. In January 1999, the Institute of Continuing Education for the Health Professionals (formerly Institute of Graduate Studies) was established.
In October 1999, the De La Salle University Medical Center gained the distinction of being the first hospital in the Philippines to have been awarded an ISO 9001 Certification by the TUV–Rheinland.
In May 2000, more colleges were placed under the administration of the DLSU-Health Sciences Campus with the transfer of the Colleges of Medical Radiation Technology and Nursing and Midwifery from the De La Salle University-Dasmariñas.
Eventually, the institution’s name became De La Salle Health Sciences Institute upon approval of the Board of Trustees in September 2007. The change of the name was arrived at to signal the Institution’s reinvigorated drive to pursue its mission and make a difference as a leading health education and care institution in the country.
At present, the Institute offers academic programs through its four colleges: Medicine, Rehabilitation Sciences, Medical Radiation Technology, and Nursing and School of Midwifery. As it continuously pursues academic excellence, the Institute prides itself with the consistent outstanding performance of its graduates in licensure examinations.
Today, as it celebrates its 25th year as a Lasallian institution (and 35th year as a pioneering health care and education institution in Cavite), DLSHSI takes pride in being the innovative leader in health care, education, and medical research in the region.