THE ADMIRED HOSPITAL IN THE GATEWAY
Region II Trauma and Medical Center (R2TMC) has given the highest importance to all matters related to health, safety, quality, and environment for over 100 years.
The Region II Trauma and Medical Center started in 1911 as a small hospital and out-patient service that was maintained in the town of Bayombong, specifically used for the wild tribes of the region. The District Health Officer during that time was Dr. Gabino Vinluan, who made a number of trips among the Ilongots, and has extended to them considerable medical relief. In 1912, the district health officer has held several hygienic conferences in different municipalities and delivered lectures on public health topics, and health organizations have been formed wherever practicable. In 1917, the hospital has not only been a benefit and a blessing to the inhabitants of Nueva Vizcaya but it has been a place of welcome and relief to all travelers when ill.
In 1918, Dr. Vinluan started an expanded clinic, with a mission to provide out-patient care of the Provincial Health Office. Seven years later it was officially named Bayombong Hospital. In 1972 it was renamed Major Ferdinand E. Marcos Hospital and grew from 50 to 100 beds. Two years after, it grew to 200 beds and converted it to Major Ferdinand E. Marcos Veterans Regional Hospital and promoted a greater efficiency and administrative flexibility.
After the change of national leadership in 1986, the hospital was downgraded to a provincial level and was renamed Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Hospital. Later in 1993, it was devolved to the local government unit but was subsequently renationalized on March 3, 1995 and was restored to its former status as regional hospital thru Resolution Number 95-03 of the Oversight Committee. This was made possible thru the efforts of Congressman Leonardo B. Perez, under the administration of President Fidel V. Ramos. The hospital has been renamed to Veterans Regional Hospital on April 1, 1995.
On September 28, 2018, Republic Act No. 11081 was approved by President Rodrigo Duterte, this is an act increasing the bed capacity of Veterans Regional Hospital in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya from two hundred (200) to five hundred (500), upgrading its services, facilities and professional health care, authorizing the increase of its medical personnel, changing its name to Region II Trauma and Medical Center, and appropriating funds therefor. This approval is the culmination of the efforts of Congresswoman Luisa Lloren “Banti” Cuaresma, who filed House Bill No. 2849 in congress.
The R2TMC, a tertiary hospital is tasked to provide the people of Region II, strategically the people of Nueva Vizcaya and neighboring provinces, an efficient and effective health care services. It was designated by the Department of Health as the Trauma and Blood Center of the area and being the end referral hospital of the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Quirino and Southern Isabela. It also serves patients from Cagayan and Nueva Ecija.
In December 15, 2016, VRH achieved Quality Management Systems re-certification “ISO 9001:2015 Certified” a risk-based management that conform to the requirements of the international standards and updated to its new worded Scope of Registration – Hospital Operations Services (Medical, Nursing, Administrative and Support Services, Finance, Ancillary, Allied Health Services, and Health Emergency Management Service).
In November 28, 2019, R2TMC passed the Initiation Stage of the Performance Governance System (PGS), and achieved the Gold Governance Trailblazer Award, the highest in PGS Award after the successful presentation during the Forum Revalida at the Bayanihan Center, Unilab, Pasig City.
The 500-bed hospital is home to 7 Clinical Departments and equally divided to internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, orthopedics and Obstetrics and Gynecology wards, that provide medical and treatment modalities. Over 30 hospitals and 15 Rural Health Units refer their patients to R2TMC for emergency and in-patient tertiary care.
With its legacy of excellence and upgrading buildings and equipment, R2TMC is in a position to realize a bolder vision as the forefront of trauma care in Region II and to provide accessible, equitable, and excellent health care services in Region II through people-centered innovations by empowered and competent professionals.