In June 1974, the efforts by the management to upgrade the IPH into a 200-bed capacity were realized with the approval of 164 personnel. Eight years later in 1982, pursuant to Batas Pambansa (BP) Bilang 640, page 315, IPH was upgraded and reclassified into a regional hospital, then named as Western Visayas Regional Hospital with an increase from 164 to 247 plantilla personnel. Subsequently, on April 27, 1984 through the enactment of Batas Pambansa Blg. 825, the Western Visayas Regional Hospital became the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC). In April 1988, with the reorganization of the Department of Health (DOH), the 25-bed Pototan Mental Health Unit in Brgy. Rumbang, Pototan was aligned to WVMC.
On February 25, 1992, Republic Act 7198, “An Act Increasing the Bed Capacity of the Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, and Appropriating Funds Therefore”, was approved. On June 5, 1995, a Memorandum Order from the Regional Director, Merceditas Cavaneyro, was issued for WVMC to assume the full technical and administrative supervision of Pototan Mental Health Unit (PMHU) following the unit’s alignment to the Medical Center in 1988 thus increasing WVMC’s capacity to 425 beds.
By virtue of RA 8372, on November 2, 1997, the Don Jose S. Monfort Memorial Hospital in the Fourth District of Iloilo located in Brgy. Tabucan, Barotac Nuevo was converted into a tertiary hospital functioning as an extension facility of the WVMC to be known as the Don Jose S. Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital and shall be under the supervision of the WVMC.
As the lone DOH retained tertiary teaching training medical center in Panay, additional supervisory functions were delegated to WVMC. DOH Department Order No. 2005-0052 dated October 10, 2005, signed by then Secretary of Health Francisco T. Duque III, directed WVMC to have administrative supervision and control of the Pototan Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (TRC) now known as the Substance Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center. This center was operated by the Philippine National Police (PNP) but pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) and Executive Order No 273 series of 2004, such center was transferred to the DOH.
The 1990s and onwards saw significant, considerable and tangible positive changes at Western Visayas Medical Center. Various infrastructure improvements, technological advancement in laboratory, radiology and surgical procedures are now available, an increase in contractual services have been noted, innovations in procurement management consistent with the procurement law is being practiced, skills trainings and value formations are regularly done and researches are continually provided to fulfill the vision of excellence in tertiary health care.
From its humble beginnings as an emergency facility, the WVMC now continues its legacy of quality service as it provides sub-specialty services to over four million populace of Region VI (excluding Negros Occidental) and maintains competent doctors and dedicated staff to achieve its mission to develop and provide the highest quality health care, training and research, and public health programs. It provides health care services to the paying public at its lowest price possible consistent with long term financial needs and provide subsidized care to the identified community to the extent resources will permit.
At present, the WVMC has twelve (12) accredited Departments with plantilla and contractual staff of one hundred eighteen (118) Medical Specialists and eighty two (82) Resident Physicians, three hundred forty five (345) nursing and paramedical staff supported by two hundred fifteen (215) administrative service personnel to ensure the realization of its efficient and quality healthcare services.
The WVMC has been famous for its one-stop Emergency Medical Services Complex with specified areas for Triage, Internal Medicine, Resuscitation, Trauma, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Admitting-Information and the Medical Social Service at the ground level. The upper level accommodates the lounges for doctors and nurses, the ISO Office and the Operations Center for Health Emergency Management Staff (OPCEN-HEMS).
To decongest the Emergency Room Complex, a Ond-Stop OB-GYNE Emergency Room is accommodated in one (1) building intended thereto. Other services available are Family Planning, Women and Child Protection Unit and a satellite Pharmacy to provide the immediate medication needs of the patients.
The WVMC has accredited Specialties with subspecialties as follows:
a. Pain Management
b. Pediatric Anesthesia
2. Dental Medicine
3. Diagnostic Imaging and Radiologic Services
- CT Scan
- Interventional Radiology
- Radiologic Oncology
- Maxillofacial Surgery
- Plastic and reconstructive surgery
- Head & Neck Surgery
- Community Medicine
- Hospice Care
- Occupational Medicine
- Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
- Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
- Infectious Disease
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
- Trophoblastic Diseases
- Cornea & Refraction
- Musculoskeletal Tumor
- Clinical and Anatomic
- Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
- Critical Care
- Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
- Infectious Diseases
- Neonatal Medicine
- Addiction Psychiatry
- Child Psychiatry
- Forensic Psychiatry
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Pediatric Surgery
- Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
- Thoracovascular Surgery
- Transplant Surgery
5. Family and Community Medicine
6. Internal Medicine
9. Orthopedic Surgery
13. Rehabilitation Medicine
WVMC being the Hospital as Center of Wellness is involved in the implementation of various DOH promotive and preventive healthcare programs. Under seven (7) clusters, there are forty (40) programs being implemented.
Distinct from other government health facilities, the WVMC, aside from its Main Pharmacy, has five (5) satellite pharmacies for patients’ convenience and accessibility. These are located in the Emergency Room, in the upper and lower level of the surgical building at the Divine Mercy Building, the OB Gyne Building and the OPD Pharmacy Satellite at the main entrance. The WVMC Pharmacy is considered as the distribution hub for the Inter-local Health Zones (ILHZ) and other Local Government Units (LGU).
To this date WVMC, as a tertiary teaching training hospital, continues to envision itself to be a Center of Excellence for Tertiary Health Care that shall provide a comprehensive, compassionate, affordable, culture friendly, effective, efficient and integrated health care system for the public.