The De La Salle Health Sciences Institute traces its roots to a group of doctors from the College of Medicine of the University of the Philippines and the Philippine General Hospital who, in 1976, decided to establish a medical school to support the need for a well-trained staff for the newly inaugurated Medical Center Manila. In consonance with the government policy of dispersing educational facilities outside the capital city and encouraging the establishment of medical schools in various regions of the country, they decided to establish a medical school in Dasmariñas, Cavite. Originally named Emilio Aguinaldo College of Medicine, the school opened in 1979 under the management of the University Physician’s Foundation, Inc and 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.
In June 1987, ownership and management of the Emilio Aguinaldo College of Medicine and the University Medical Center were acquired by the De La Salle University Inc. 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 ten-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 Profession (formerly Institute of Graduate Studies) was established.
In October 1999 and July 2003, 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 and a Certification by the TUV–Rheinland and Berlin– Brandenburg Group of Companies.
In May 2000, the colleges under the administration of the DLSU-Health Sciences Campus increased with the transfer of the Colleges of Medical Radiation Technology and Nursing and Midwifery (formerly under DLSU-Dasmariñas).
Eventually, the institution’s name became De La Salle Health Sciences Institute upon approval of the Board of Trustees in September 2007. The new name signals 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, Physical Therapy, 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.
The De La Salle University Medical Center (UMC) acts as the teaching hospital of DLSHSI. Owned and operated by the Hermano San Miguel Febres Cordero Medical Educational Foundation, Inc., it offers a tertiary level of medical care. The offices of the clinical departments and the full-time clinical faculty members are in this hospital. Since 1995, the expansion program allows a total of 300 beds. The De La Salle University Medical Center includes many state-of-the-art medical equipment and is the first ISO 9001 certified hospital in the Philippines. The hospital also leads other private hospitals in Cavite in setting up medical wards intended for the poor enrolled in the Cavite Governor's health reform program, Dignidad at Kalidad (DK).
DLSUMC is committed to the provision of care of persons seeking promotive, preventive, diagnostic, curative and rehabilitative services with a Christian touch. It provides state-of-the-art facilities and outreach community service (20% of its beds are devoted to charity services). It strives for excellence in the provision of health care by treating the whole person and not just his or her disease.
A common sight in the hospital floors are the ever patient sisters, hospital chaplain and La Salle brother ministering to the needs of patients and their relatives, 24 hours a day. On May 11, 1992, the Department of Health awarded the Hospital for its commitment to serve the community, consistently complying with government rules with efforts worthy of emulation by others.
In 1990, a 4-storey annex, the Raul Wu Chiu Kuan Building was added, increasing the bed capacity to 175. Modern equipment continued to be acquired to make DLSUMC comparable with any of the large hospitals in Metro Manila. A stete-of-the-art pulmonary Unit, Hemodialysis Unit, 12-bed Intensive Care Unit, Cardiovascular Laboratory, CT Scan, Echo-Doppler, Ultrasonography are just some of the features of the medical center.
In 1996, the hospital occupancy consistently hit the high 90’s- a tribute to the hospitals growing reputation in the region.
Last August 28, 1997 another important milestone was celebrated in this town with the inauguration of the 10-storey hospital annex building, the De La Salle University-Doña Teodorica Favis De Rivero Hall.
In 1999, 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. In 2005, DLSUMC received another ISO Certification on Environment Management System, the ISO 14001.
The DLSU Angelo King Medical Research Center was established in March 1994 to house in one facility, all research activities of the DLSU Health Sciences Campus. As a haven for research minded individuals, the center provides state-of-the-art facilities for basic and clinical researches. The center is active in establishing networks and collaborative researches with like-minded individuals and research centers in the Philippines and the rest of the world. It is one of the fastest growing medical research centers in the Philippines.
Researches within the DLSU-Research Center has been further spurred on by membership in national and international networks like the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN) as well as its regional (Southeast Asian Clinical Epidemiology Network) and local affiliates (PHILCLEN). Other networks include the International Network for the Rational Use of Drugs (INRUD) as well as Adverse Drug Reaction Network. The University is also an active member of non-governmental organizations & academic groups like the Phil. Coalition Against Tuberculosis (PHILCAT) and the National TB Study Group.
In terms of research education the Research Center through the De La Salle Clinical Epidemiology Unit is the main training center for the southern Luzon region hosting annual research workshops and seminars and providing facilities for the promotion of research.
Annually, the research center is responsible for the production of over 100 researches from the faculty, consultants, medical residents and students of the heath science campus. Recognition of this work has led to DLSU being recommended as one of the 8 centers of excellence for health research in the Philippines. It now plays a major role in all research-related fields of the country. Some of its work has been published and presented in international conferences like the International Union Against Tuberculosis and other lung diseases (IUATLD). The 23rd International Congress of Internal Medicine has awarded its researches when four of its papers were recognized as among the top ten best local papers. Researches from DLSU are consistently awarded by different component specialty societies like the Phil. Pediatrics Society, the Phil. College of Physicians and the Phil. College of Surgeons.