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This Pinoy Doctor Established The First Pediatric Hospital In The Philippines

Frustrated by the bureaucratic constraints in working for a government hospital,  Dr. del Mundo had desired to establish her own pediatric hospital. Towards that end, she sold her home and most of her personal effects and obtained a sizable loan from the GSIS in order to finance the construction of her own hospital. The Children's Medical Center, a 100-bed hospital located in Quezon City, was inaugurated in 1957 as the first pediatric hospital in the Philippines. The hospital was expanded in 1966 through the establishment of an Institute of Maternal and Child Health, the first institution of its kind in Asia.

Fe Villanueva del Mundo, (November 27, 1909 – August 6, 2011) was a Filipino pediatrician. The first woman admitted as a student of the Harvard Medical School, she founded the first pediatric hospital in the Philippines. Her pioneering work in pediatrics in the Philippines in an active medical practice that spanned 8 decades won her international recognition, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1977. In 1980, she was conferred the rank and title of National Scientist of the Philippines while in 2010, she was conferred the Order of Lakandula.

Having sold her home to finance the medical center, del Mundo chose to reside at the second-floor of the hospital itself. As late as 2007, she retained her living quarters at the hospital (since renamed the "Dr. Fe del Mundo Children's Medical Center Foundation"), rising daily at five in the morning and continuing to make her daily rounds even though then wheelchair-bound at 99 years of age. She died on August 6, 2011 after suffering cardiac arrest. She was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

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