In the early years of the hospital's existence, Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital Department of Anesthesiology was initially an auxiliary service of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology which aimed to provide a pain-free, safe and healthy surgical delivery for mothers. The Department of Anesthesiology was formally established as a separate department in the late 1980's with Dr. Epifania Francia as its first chair. In the years that followed, under the strong leadership of succeeding Chairs, the department has improved and grown bigger as it reached its existing stature.
As the hospital's number of patients started to grow, so did the department as it opened its doors to trainees, initially with its own Anesthesia Residency Program. This eventually evolved to include rotators from other institutions namely Philippine Orthopedic Center and Valenzuela Medical Center as part of the Department of Health-Consortium of Anesthesia Residency Training (DOH-CART), a program which DJFMH Anesthesiology with Dr. Ma. Concepcion L. Cruz has spearheaded since its inception in the year 2008.
Just like the science and art of Anesthesiology, the department continues to advance. Current members are a healthy mix of graduates from different training institutions and DJFMH's very own. Each individual has unique strengths, knowledge and talents to offer in service to the hospital and its patients. We have a few consultants who are already subspecialists, and there are others who are undergoing training in various subspecialties or are taking up masteral classes in hospital management. This is in preparation for the expansion or the big move to our new hospital. In line with Fabella's vision to be the Center of Excellence and Apex hospital for reproductive health, so too does the Department of Anesthesiology aim to be excellent in its field.