The original idea of constructing a hospital which could be considered as Modern Medical Center in this part of the Philippines and which would be controlled by the physicians themselves in order to give the utmost in convenience and well-being to the patients had been the brainchild of Dr. Jose Borromeo. He was instrumental in grouping together 30 doctors who organized themselves into the hospital project in the latter part of 1962.
The coming in of Dr. Potenciano V. Larrazabal, Jr. in July 1969 on behalf of the Larrazabal family in Ormoc, Leyte, was a major turning point in the evolution of the corporation. The Larrazabal family brought in with them their vast financial capabilities as well as business acumen.
With the help of all the members of the corporation, the corner stone of the hospital was dedicated on January 30, 1970 with his Excellency Cardinal Julio Rosales officiating. Actual construction work began on September 1, 1970 under the contractor, Mr. Horacio Franco.
For the administration of the hospital, the doctors secured the services of the Sisters of St. Paul of Charters, which lasted until the latter part of 1998.
On August 20, 1972, the dream of the having a medical center in Cebu in answer to the great need by the people of the Southern Philippines was materialized with a formal inauguration of Cebu Doctors' University Hospital. When it opened its doors to patients, CDUH had the latest medical equipment and facilities, backed by a staff of well-known and experienced consultants.
The dream has, indeed, become not only a reality but has grown in leaps and bounds. CDUH can now boast of having state of the art facilities and ultra modern complex and has grown to a 300-bed capacity.