The Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center located at Barangay 6 San Julian, Batac, Ilocos Norte has survived the test of time.  From a mere emergency hospital when it was inaugurated on February 18, 1968, it became a general hospital and finally a Medical Center on March 3, 1981 by virtue of Administrative Order No. 122, s. 1981.  Its expansion and conversion into what it is now were the results of a series of bills passed in Congress and through  the support and concerted efforts  of local officials and health administrators.  Since then, medical and health services  were not only made available to the populace  of Ilocos Norte but the Medical Center has also catered to patients from neighboring  provinces  - Ilocos Sur, Cagayan, Abra, Kalinga and  Apayao.

This health institution has had ten strong personalities who led in no small measure to its progress and development over the past three decades.  It was formally launched on May 5, 1994 as a Center of Wellness with emphasis on peoples’  participation.  Four years ago, it was designated as a blood bank center for Region I and Upper Cagayan.  Designated by the DOH as an Eye and Cancer Center for Northwestern Luzon it has 17 full time consultants, 16 part-time, 14 visiting consultants and 24 training  residents. Six departments have accredited residency training programs with their respective specialty boards – Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, ENT, Ophthalmology, Anesthesiology and Pathology. The accreditation of the other departments are under process.

This health care facility is also affiliated with medical and paramedical schools for post-graduate trainings/rotations in the clinical departments and internship for medical technologists, pharmacists, physical therapists, nurses, radiologists, midwives and psychologists.

Slowly but surely fulfilling its vision and  mission, this  hospital was  the recipient  of the  Healthy Hospital Award on December 10, 2002 during the DOH Regional Awards 2002 held at Oasis Country Resort, San Fernando City, La Union.

With the able leadership and stewardship of Dr. Ma. Lourdes K. Otayza, this 3rd   level referral tertiary general hospital will not fail. Her incumbency has established specialized services such as the Central Endoscopy Unit utilizing the first video fiberoptic in the Ilocos Region.  She has also put together a strong Neuro-Science Section manned by sub-specialists in Adult and Pediatric Neurology and Neuro Surgery



  “The center of excellence in patient care, training and research in Ilocandia”



  “To build and nurture a healthy constituency in Ilocandia by serving as an institution of excellence in providing quality health care”



    The Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital & Medical Center shall ensure the highest standards of health care. It is committed to provide affordable, equitable and quality healthcare service delivered by compassionate, dedicated and competent staff networking with stakeholders. It shall continually improve its quality management system to the satisfaction of its clients.



The maintenance and enrichment of high quality health care service is guaranteed by having…
1.    Systems in-place, functional, and continually improved to meet customer requirements.
2.    Employees who are competent and compassionate.
3.    Services that are provided in the safest, efficient and effective manner.
4.    Facilities which are state of the art and properly maintained.
5.    Cost of care which shall not compromise the quality of health care.
6.    Research and training that are conducted regularly for the improvement of services.



P -   Patient Focus
I  -   Integrity
E -  Excellence