On September 9, 1967, a hospital named Santiago M. Lao Memorial Hospital was inaugurated in Ozamiz City during the administration of the City Mayor Fernando T. Bernad. This hospital was funded by the city government. Its first chief was Dr. Angel Feliciano.

                In July 1969, the hospital was nationalized by virtue of Republic Act No. 4225 during the administration of Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. The chief was Dr. Hilarion J. Ramiro Jr, the city mayor’s son. The name of the hospital was changed to Ozamiz City Emergency Hospital.

                It has grown into a 100 bed capacity hospital, serving the people of the city and neighboring municipalities and provinces. A 25 bed annex was put up for veterans in the area under a grant from the Veterans Memorial Medical Center. The establishment of VMMC Annex at Ozamiz City Emergency Hospital was inaugurated October 18, 1975.

As a health agency, it also made a milestone in its history. This was the Medical Outreach Mission, the first of its kind pursued by the National Hospital.

                In October 1977, Dr. Jose C. Villnueva, Jr. was appointed Chief of Hospital II to succeed Dr. Hilarion J. Ramiro Jr. who was earlier appointed Regional Health Director, Region XI, Zamboanga City.

Parliamentary Bill No. 4311, authored by Assemblyman Henry Y. Regalado, in answer to a Resolution moved by the City Councilor Jesus Anonat, was passed after third reading changing the name of the hospital to Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. General Hospital. One of the reasons cited on both the bill and the resolution was to give due recognition to the city mayor who made possible the nationalization of the hospital, the honoree after whom it is now named Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. General Hospital.

                With passage of Republic Act No. 7937, an act connecting the Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. General Hospital, Ozamiz City, to be a regional training and teaching hospital to be known as Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (MHARS RTTH). Funds were appropriated to cover operations and maintenance of the institution in 1997. Its inclusion in the General Appropriations Act CY 1997, together with the joint efforts of LGU’s, DBM and DOH hastened the operational act to its transfer to the national government before the end of second quarter of the year.

                Today, the Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Regional Training and Teaching Hospital, with the dynamic and energetic Chief of Hospital Dr. Jesus Martin S. Sanciangco III, and its dedicated staff and personnel, stands as one of the most efficient and productive hospitals in Mindanao.


Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Regional Training and Teaching Hospital

  • 1970 – Ozamiz City Emergency Hospital - 50 bed capacity
  • 1980 – Mayor Hilarion A Ramiro Sr. General Hospital – 100 bed capacity
  • 1997 – Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Regional Training & Teaching Hospital– 150 bed capacity, nationalized by virtue of RA 7937
  • 2011 – Applied for a 300 bed capacity hospital

   Located in Brgy. Mindog Maningcol, Ozamiz City



            - Ozamiz City

            - Oroquieta City

            - Tangub City

            - All municipalities of Misamis Occidental

                       -531,680 total population

                       -Php 116,277.00 average annual income

            -Some from Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte


Cathment Area Provinces

    Legend:  ZDN - Zamboanga del Norte

                 ZDS - Zamboanga del Sur

                 LDN - Lanao del Norte

                 Mis.Occ. - Misamis Occidental




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