History

HISTORY of the UERMMMCI

In 1946, Dr. Francisco T. Dalupan, Sr. in response to the Filipino Youth’s clamor for college education after the end of World War II established the first piece of his grand vision of a university - the Philippine College of Commerce and Business Administration. This was followed by four colleges in 1948: Liberal Arts, Education, Dentistry and Graduate School. With the addition of the College of Law in 1950, the group of colleges became a university - the University of the East (UE), Manila. The UE campus in Caloocan opened in 1954.

The university would not be complete without a college of medicine. This was facilitated by the purchase of the Instituto de Mujeres along Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City. It consisted of 10,000 square meters of ground and a four-storey concrete building which was remodelled to expand and meet the requirements of a medical college. Thus, the college of medicine was established in 1956 and it became the nucleus of the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Inc.(UERMMMCI)

The highlights and milestones of the UERMMMCI include:

1956 The College of Medicine opened with its first class of 168 first year students. Dr. Juan S. Salcedo was tapped as Dean while Dr. Jose M. Cuyegkeng was Acting Dean.
1957 In May, the UE Board of Trustees organized a non-stock, non-profit corporation. The founders were Francisco Dalupan Sr., Santiago de la Cruz, Hermenigildo Reyes, Jaime Hernandez and Jose Torres
1957 In June, the UE College of Medicine was named “University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center” as a tribute to President Ramon Magsaysay Sr. who died in a plane crash a few months earlier.
1959 The College of Nursing was established with Purita F. Asperilla as founding Dean and offered B. S. Nursing program
1960 The UERMMMCI Hospital was inaugurated with state of the art facilities. It had a Charity Hospital as well as a Pay Hospital for the training of students and the advancement of practice of the faculty-consultants.
1961 The first medical graduates took the Physician Licensure Examination and obtained a passing rate of 89%. The first batch of thirty-one (31) nursing graduates received their B.S. Nursing degree, took the Nursing Licensure Exam and 100% passed.
1963 The cornerstone of the University of the East Research Center for Sciences, Humanities and Culture was laid and eventually opened in 1965.
1987 The establishment of the College of Physical Therapy was planned by Dr. Juan A. Alcazaren Jr., Dr. Arnel V. Malaya and Mrs. Serafina Maxino under the aegis of President Isidro Carino.
1988 The College of Physical Therapy was opened with Dr. Juan Alcazaren as Dean. Two hundred two freshmen and fifty two second year students composed the first batch of students. The College of Nursing was granted by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) a Level I accreditation.
1989 The College of Nursing was granted Level II accreditation.
1990 Panfilo O. Domingo was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Francisco Dalupan, Jr. became President.
1992 The first batch of B. S. Physical Therapy graduates took the Board Examination. Of the 26 graduates, 25 took the examination with a passing rate of 100% and three of them garnered top places. The College of Medicine was recognized as a Center of Excellence in Research by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development.
1994 Dr. Romeo A. Divinagracia was appointed President and Chief Academic Officer.
1995 The Board of Trustees recommended the phasing out of the Medical Center of the hospital due to labor disputes but this did not push through because of the intercession of government agencies.
1998 Dr. Felipe B. Sese was appointed President and Chief Academic Officer.
1999 The College of Nursing was granted Level III accreditation status.
2001 The Graduate School was established with the transfer of the Master in Internal Medicine from UE Manila. A memorandum of agreement was forged with Institute of Studies on Diabetes Foundation. Dr. Romeo A. Divinagracia was reappointed President, a position he holds up to the present.
2003 Dean Carmelita C. Divinagracia of the College of Nursing became concurrent Dean of the Graduate School. New programs in Masters of Science in Nursing, Public Health, and Asian Health Practice were offered.
The Basic Medical Education program of the College of Medicine was granted by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) Level I Accreditation. It became the first and only private school that attained Level I status.
2004 Research Development Office was expanded and renamed Research Institute for Health Sciences with Dr. Fernando S. Sanchez, Jr. as Director.
The College of Medicine was accredited with Level II status.
2005 The College of Physical Therapy was granted Level I PAASCU accreditation.
2007 The UERMMMCI celebrated its 50th anniversary and renewed itself as a non-stock, non-profit corporation for another 50 years. At its 50th anniversary it had counted 9,716 graduates who have spread out to all places on the globe.
2009 The UERMMMCI suffered the disaster brought about by typhoon “Ondoy” but the Center recovered from this promptly. The College of Nursing was named by CHED as Center of Excellence in Nursing Program. The B.S. Physical Therapy program was granted accreditation Level II status. The Basic Medical Education Program was granted Level III re-accredited status.
2010 The B.S Nursing Program was granted Level III re-accredited status.
2011 The Philippine School of Prosthetics and Orthotics was established at the UERMMMCI Campus with the support of Nippon Foundation and Cambodia Trust. A new program leading to B.S. in Prosthetics and Orthotics was started under the College of Physical Therapy which was renamed College of Allied Rehabilitation Sciences.
2011 Once again the UERMMMCI suffered from flooding brought about by the monsoon rain “Habagat” but with the cooperation of all constituents, it recovered. The B.S. Physical Therapy program was granted Level III status by PAASCU.
2012 The B.S. Nursing Program of the College of Nursing was one of the first in the country that was granted Level IV accreditation by PAASCU. A series of strategic planning and training courses for the management officials set plans and developed management skills.
2013 Officials and faculty members came together in workshops to chart the roadmap to 2016. Faculty members continued to evaluate and improve their curricula in response to learners’ feedback and changing times and maintain the accreditation levels of their programs. Faculty development programs were expanded and enhanced. The College of Medicine was granted PAASCU Level IV Accreditation Status, the first private College of Medicine given this status.
2014 The UERMMMCI conferred the B.S. in Prosthetics and Orthotics degree to the first batch of eight graduates. The program leading to BS in Medical Technology was approved. First year students were accepted for SY 2014-2015.