St. Paul's Hospital Iloilo

  General Luna St. 5000 Iloilo City
  033-3372741 Hospital
  St. Paul's Hospital of Iloilo


Sr. Arcelita Sarnillo, SPC

Hospital Administrator


We envision St. Paul's Hospital of Iloilo, Inc. as a Christ centered,excellent, innovative, global healthcare and training hospital.


We commit ourselves to:
  • Offer Christ-centered excellent healthcare upholding the bioethical principles and the teaching of the Catholic church
  • Innovate & develop competencies of health care professionals through continuing relevant training and research programs
  • Continually implement and sustain operational and financial sustainability through Christian stewardship & good governance

Core Strategy

Strategic Direction for the years 2017-2022
  1. TO STRENGTHEN THE PAULINIAN BRAND OF CARE. We look towards a clearer public perception of SPHI as an institution that is compassionate in its dealings with others, accountable for its decisions and actions, respectful to all without discrimination, and excellent in its service. We work and hope for time to come, that when people look at SPHI, they see the face of Christ and when they come into St.Paul, they experience the love of Christ.
  2. TO FORGE A MORE UNIFIED AND ASSERTIVE CULTURE OF THE PAULINIAN FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS especially among the stakeholders—through excellent communication, formal spiritual formation, professional, and personal development.
  3. TO CONTINUALLY EMBARK IN MODERNIZATION OF SERVICES without forgetting the essence of care, to judiciously invest in newer initiatives and technology, without forgetting the economic capability of the majority of our local clients; and to increase revenue towards financial stability through good governance.
  4. TO CONTINUE EFFORT IN LINKING AND ESTABLISHING PARTNERSHIPS with more technologically advance institutions for synergy and to be the lead and the referral hub of the healthcare providers in the region.

112 years of service since February 15, 1911

Services Offered

Owned & Administered


Bed Capacity


  • eDoctor
  • eLab
  • Medical Imaging

S.P.I.C.E. ( St. Paul Integrated Center of Expertise)

  • Kidney Center
  • Digestive Disease Center
    • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
    • Colonoscopy
    • Rigid Proctosigmoidoscopy
    • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
    • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography(ERCP)
    • CBD Stone Ectraction
    • Stent Placement for Biliary Tract Malignancies
    • Foreign Body Removal(GIT)
    • Rubber Band Ligation of Varices
    • Esophageal Endoscopic Balloon Dilation
    • Metal Stent Placement for Esophageal Malignancy
    • Histoacryl Injection of Varices
    • Endoscopic Polypectomy
    • Endoscopic Injection of Bleeding
    • Liver Biopsy
  • Center for Respiratory Care
    • Arterial blood gas
    • Spirometry (pre/post)
    • Bronchoscopy
    • Laryngoscopy
    • Aerosol therapy
    • CPAP/BIPAP attachment
    • Ventilator attachment
    • Pulse oximeter attachment
  • Pain Management Center
      • Post-operative pain
      • Post-traumatic pain
      • Post-spinal headache
      • Headaches
    • Cancer Pain
      • Primary and Metastatic
      • Radiotherapy and chemotherapy-related pain
      Neuropathic pain
      • Acute Herpes Zoster
      • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
      • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ Causalgia/ Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
      • Nerve Entrapment Syndrome/ Sciatica/ Radiculopathy
      • Peripheral Neuropathies
      • Phantom Limb Pain
      • Post-Herpetic Neuralgia
      • Post-Stroke Pain Syndrome
      • Spinal Cord Compression Pain
      • Trigeminal Neuralgia
      • Diabetic Neuropathy
      Musculo-skeletal pain
      • Back Pain
      • Pelvic Pain
      • Facet Joint Pain
      • Failed-Back Syndrome
      • Frozen Shoulder Pain
      • Herniated Disk Pain
      • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
      • Buerger’s Disease
      • Spasticity
      • Neck Pain
      • Use of oral pharmacologic agent
      • Patient Controlled Analgesia
  • Bone & Joint Center
    • Diagnostic
    • Management
      • Medical/Pediatric
        • Availability of new drugs
        • Monitoring of therapeutic outcomes
        • Joint aspiration and injection
      • Surgical
        • Arthroscopy and arthroscopic surgery
        • Joint replacement
      • Rehabilitation
        • GOAL: minimizing disability, maximizing function
  • Neuro Science Center
  • Laparoscopic Institute
    1. Basic Laparoscopic
      • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
      • Diagnostic Laparoscopy
    2. Advance Laparoscopy
  • Physical Rehabilitation Center
    • Physiatrist Evaluation
      • History Taking
      • Physical Examination, Evaluation and Assessment
      • Diagnosis and Program Planning and Prescription
    • Physical Therapy
      • Neck and Back Program
      • Neurologic Program
      • Arthritis/Joint Resection Program
      • Pediatric Rehabilitation
      • Geriatric Rehabilitation
      • Sports Rehabilitation
    • Occupational Therapy
      • Activities of Daily Living Evaluation and Management
      • Pre-Speech Training
      • Dysphagia Management
      • Splint Fabrication
      • Ergonomics/Work Hardening
      • Environmental Modifications
    • Electromyography (EMG)
    • Nerve Conduction Study (NCS)
    • Repetitive Nerve Stimulation Test (RNS)
    • Blink Reflex Studies
    • Biofeedback


    • Emergency Room
    • Pharmacy Department
    • Diagnostic Imaging Department
    • Fully Automated Laboratory
    • Cardiology Center
    • Mobile Intensive Care & Ambulance Services
    • Industrial Health Clinic
    • Mary Anne De Tilly Koch Center
    • Pastoral Services


    Historical Background

    The Humble Beginning

    The solicitude for the sick of the late Msgr. Dennis J. Dougherty of Philadelphia, who was then Bishop of Jaro, was the original motivating force that brought about the foundation of St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo.  As early as 1909 he asked the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, who were just starting their work in the Philippines, to establish a hospital in Iloilo. 

    It was not until February 15, 1911 when four sisters, Mother Marie Donatien, Sister Antoine du Sacre Coeur, Sister Augustine De Marie and Sister Felix de Marie came and answered the clergy.Their first convent was a former warehouse of the Ynchausti Y Compania on Calle Rosario.  Two adjacent residential homes were made the seats of the hospital where they were to establish.  Three more nuns, Sister Marie Scholastique, Sister Marie Estelle and Sister Adrien joined them some months later.  The latter was formally installed as the first superior of the establishment.  On May 20 of the same year, their doors open to the sick.  Dr. Samuel Carson of the Philippine Railway brought in the first patient.

    This was followed by Drs. Gilchrist, Kilayko and Arroyo. Dr. Carson became the firstmedical director and was succeeded by Dr. Arroyo who held the position up to the outbreak of World War II. These generous French Religious pioneers made rapid adjustment to their new environment.  They endeared themselves to the Ilonggos who fondly called them “Madres de San Pablo”. After two years of hard work, they found it necessary to expand their accommodations for the sick who sought their care.  Msgr. Dougherty followed closely the progress of the hospital with enthusiasm.  In 1913 he went back to his native States to secure funds for putting up the hospital.  The project was placed under the patronage of the little flower whose beautification was under study.  In less than a year’s time, the bishop came back with the needed funds. Bishops Foley and Mc. Closky carried on the work because the founder was recalled to become Bishop of Buffalo and later Cardinal of Philadelphia. The hospital building was completed and formally occupied in 1916.  Msgr. Dougherty never lost his interest, however, in the growing institution up to his death in 1951. Recognizing the dedicated services of the Sisters, he turned over to them full ownership and administration in a written statement executed in 1941.

    The site a former salty mudfield overgrown with weeds and shrubby swamp vegetation turned into a haven for the sick located in the heart of the city. Here, the people of God find the quiet and comfort that need in time of illness. The building and its grounds are energetically kept clean and orderly for more than a century.  It has been counted as one of the best hospitals and received both local and national awards for its cleanliness and quality services rendered all the times.