In the early 1980’s four hospitals, the Medical City (now The New Medical City), Polymedic General Hospital (now Dr. Victor R. Potenciano Memorial Medical Center), Cardinal Santos Medical Center and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital organized weekly interhospital conferences. These conferences were venues for lectures, didactics and presentation of interesting cases. St. Martin de Porres Charity Hospital later joined the group.
By 1991, Dr. Juan Y. Fuentes of The Medical City, Dr. Vicente X. Genato of the then Polymedic Hospital, Dr. Florante P. Gonzaga of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Dr. Rodolfo P. De Guzman of St. Martin de Porres Charity Hospital, and Dr. Mildred N. Pareja of Cardinal Santos Medical Center, chairpersons of each of the five hospitals and formally organized the PENTAMED.
The articles of incorporation and by-laws were subsequently drafted. The PENTA Medical Group, (PENTAMED) Inc. was registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 13, 1994.
The late Dr. Vicente X. Genato designed and conceptualized the green logo of PENTAMED with five umbrella heads bonding. The five umbrella heads represented each of the five member hospitals.
To finance its activities, “Philadelphia was shown in 1994 at the Greenhill Theater as a fundraising campaign. The campaign’s success was the impetus to show “Judge Dredd” the following year. In 1997, “Pentamed goes Ballroom Dancing” held at Camp Aguinaldo was another fund-raising-campaign.
To encourage research and continuing medical education, the first research paper presentation was held in December 1003 at The Medical City. The research paper presentation has since then become an annual event for the PENTAMED. In 2000, the Interesting Case Presentation became a yearly activity as well.
By 2002, to meet the challenges of the new millenium, the nine year annual research paper contest was classified into three: the Dr. Juan Y. Fuentes Award for Excellence in Prospective Research, the Dr. Rodolfo P. de Guzman Award for Excellence in Retrspective Research and the Dr. Vicente X. Genato Memorial Award for Excellence in Interesting Case Presentation. Indeed, the very pillars of PENTAMED when it started, continue to be its buttress in these changing times.
The first PENTAMED Postgraduate Course was held in June 1994 at the Manila Galleria Suites and subsequently at Club Filipino in San Juan City. It has become one of the most attended postgraduate courses in the country today. It has also becoe the major fund-raising activity of the PENTAMED.
Establishing itself as one of the major venues for professional and academic fora, PENTAMED begun conducting the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society’s (POGS) quarterly Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Conferences in 2002 with its consultant members among its discussants and reactors.
The proceeds of the fund-raising activities basically finances the PENTAMED’s noble undertaking – “OPERATION BUKOL”.
“OPERATION BUKOL”, started in 1996, is an outreach program benefitting indigent patients. These patients were screened for any pelvic masses or gynecological abnormalities. The patients are worked-up and operated on by residents of the PENTAMED. Surgeries of the first “OPERATION BUKOL” were done in St. Martin de Porres Charity Hospital.
In the year 2000, St. Martin de Porres Charity Hospital was temporarily closed, making the PENTAMED a four-member group of hospitals. In its said closure, San Juan Medical Center offered its operating room facilities for the PENTAMED “OPERATION BUKOL”. Thus, San Juan Medical Center begun being an active participant in PENTAMED activities.
San Juan Medical Center was formally accepted into the fold on April 7, 2003. PENTAMED was again a five-member group of hospitals.
…eighteen years of PENTAMED and sixteen years of Postgraduate Courses has engendered in its members an intensified zeal to set new goals and explore new horizons… as the PENTAMED journey continues.