The Emergency Department of the Southern Philippines Medical Center, staffed by a team of competent, compassionate, disciplined, ethical, responsible and forbearing professionals who are committed to deliver the best emergency health services to all the people, shall be the center of excellence and leadership in Southern Philippines.


We, the Emergency Department of Southern Philippines Medical Center, are the leaders in providing, world-class quality, compassionate, patient-centered emergency health services by training excellent, competent and committed healthcare professionals and by innovating through research for participative community health.

DEM Quality Objectives
  1. To deliver excellent emergency medical care services to the people of Southern Philippines
  2. To institute appropriate and timely management of patients with medical and surgical emergencies
  3. To provide immediate resuscitation, initial treatment and stabilization of acutely ill patients
  4. To train and develop medical and paramedical professionals in handling and providing PRE-HOSPITAL and IN-HOSPITAL Health Services and care for the injured
  5. To provide opportunities for emergency medical research
DEM Core Values
  • Compassion
  • Commitment
  • Competence
  • Professionalism
  • Co-responsibility

In line with the implementation of Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), the library will remain close until further notice. However,you may send your research requests and queries to /contact no.loc. 5023

LIBRARY icoAs we continue to serve, we support the hospital vision/mission by means of providing comprehensive and accessible source of medical information that helps healthcare professionals in achieving health care service.

library profile

The SPMC Library is a modern information center envisioned to achieve the following goals:

  • To support the Southern Philippines Medical Center's Mission/ Vision and Objectvies by means of providing comprehensive and accessible source of medical information
  • To render library services to all hospital staff and affiiliates who deliver heath care services to the people of Southern Philippines
  • To provide a comfortable venue for research and studies to the members of the SPMC community
Library Services
Research Services
  • Library users especially the resident physicians and consultants ask for assitance in finding materials and sources for medical literatures, articles, studies and other researches.
  • The librarian or library staff may be asked to conduct searches of medical literatures, articles, studies and other topics by the resident physicians, consultants and nurses.
Computer Assistance
  • Library users may assistance in using the computers and in accessing data and information for their technical needs.
Circulation Services
  • Library users are able to loan out or borrow books and journals from the book stock collection. However, some restrictions have been imposed to maximize the use of the colleciton.
DOH Integrated e-Library System

elibA web-based union catalog that contains bibliographic records (some with full-text) of books, journal articles, AVPs, photographs, and other collections of DOH Central Office, Regional Health Office, and DOH Hospital Libraries and Resource Centers.

Library Collection

Equipped with a collection of books, medical journals and other references which can be loaned or borrowed by the uesrs. Collection focused in the medical field. Uses the NLM Classification, LC Classification, LC Subject Headings and Medical Subject Heading (MESH) in the organization of collection and adopted an open shelf system to the clientele.

Library holdings
circulation books

Circulation books are part of the collection wherein users may borrow for a certain number of days.

reference books

Reference books are those books that cover the whole branch of knowledge, broad in scope and provide direct information to the user such as dictionaries, almanacs, yearbooks, atlases, encyclopedias, handbooks, manuals and others.

filipiniana books

Filipiniana  books are books authored by Filipinos or Non-Filipinos in whole or in part about the Philippines.


Periodicals are publications occurring at constant interval. It includes journals, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, clippings, government publications, bulletings and others.

The Online Sources

Library has different online sources either open access (free access) or subscribe that are useful in the user's research and studies. Some sources are in full text and can be downloaded free. All library users may avail the online sources by asking the assistance of the librarian or library staff. Librarian and library staff will guide the users and will provide details of the online sources such as titles available and techniques in searching the topics. Downloading of articles and studies abide the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines or Republic Act No. 8293.

OnLine Subscription

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Healthcare Center of Excellence


Assess the quality of service delivered to identify areas that need improvement

Ensure services are delivered in confirmance to all statutory and regulatory requirements

Communicate consistently and update the process ownders the findings and recoommends for corrective actions

Report Findings with analysis to the hospital management, administration, clinical departments and other divisions for planning and decision making for an outcome-oriented goal

Attain cost efficiency (Return of Investment) in delivering health care services


Quality of life (QOL) results from excellent, accessible and sustainable healthcare services.

Core Values of the Section
Good Governance

Consensus Oriented, Accountable, Transparent, Responsive, Equitable and Inclusive, Effective and Efficient, Follows the rule of Law and Participatory

Ethical-oriented principle

Commitment to Public Interest, Professionalism

Autonomy, Beneficence, Confidentiality, Fidelity, Justice, Nonmaleficience, Respect for Person, Sanctity of Life, Veracity

On October 31, 2014, Dr. Leopoldo J. Vega, the Medical Center Chief II, formally created the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Section under the Hospital Memorandum No. 181, series of 2014, to ensure the safety of the patients as the top priority of the institution.

In 2016, the section was divided into two committees, the Quality Improvement Committee (QIC) and Patient Safety Committee (PSC), which were interacting with each other. The primary functions of PSC were to establish the International Patient Safety Goals (IPSG) of the Joint Commission International (JCI) in the institution and facilitate policy making, Serious Reportable Events (SRE) and Sentinel Events (SE) monitoring and risk management. This Committee focused on the hospital-wide internal customers.

In September 2017, the QIPS was divided into two independent units and one of which is the Patient Safety and Pharmacovigilance Unit (PSPVU) which has an an additional function to implement the Administrative Order No. 2011-0009: the National Policy and Program on Pharmacovigilance which aims among others, to monitor adverse drug reaction, collect all related reports and to promote the culture of adverse event reports on health professionals, patients and public. Currently, this unit is headed by Gemma B. Tiu, MD, FPPS, FPSN, FPNSP. Moreover, the unit is moving towards the fulfillment of the vision of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), to be a World Class, Service-Oriented Medical Center.


The leading center for patient safety upholding international standards for the entire healthcare community. 


The PSPVU is committed to:

  1. lead the SPMC community in establishing and sustaining a culture of safety;
  2. provide an exceptional care by empowering patients and healthcare professionals;
  3. eliminate preventable harm, risks and hazards to achieve an outstanding quality service and care;
  4. develop and promote best practices and evidence-based interventions;
  5. monitor regulatory compliance in terms of systems, processes and policies that will lead to improved clinical outcome; and
  6. support patient safety through effective and global pharmacovigilance practices.


‘Salus Omnium’ (Safety for all)


pspvuPersons represent the patient and members of the healthcare team and their commitment to a culture of safety.

The four buildings in the background represent the Southern Philippines Medical Center as a World Class Service Oriented Medical Center that is dedicated to provide safe, accessible, equitable holistic and responsive health care services.

The Bowl of Hygieia represents the unit's mandate of ensuring drug safety through monitoring and coordination with all clinical areas.

The Latin phrase "Salus Omnium" represents the unit’s philosophy in providing safety for all.