The J.R. Borja Memorial City Hospital (JRBMCH) was established on August 25, 1963 as a primary hospital to serve the health care needs of the populace of Cagayan de Oro City, particularly the poor and the indigent, who cannot afford the then rising hospital costs. The hospital was envisioned by the late Mayor Justiniano R. Borja, for whom the hospital was named in his memory.
The JRBMCH is situated on J.V. Serina Street, Carmen,Cagayan de Oro City, a mere kilometer distance from the seat of government of the City of Cagayan de Oro. It was constructed on a 3-hectare lot donated by the Villarin sisters to the city of government. It has a total hospital floor area of more than 2,000 square meters, enough to accomodate the administration offices, clinics, function rooms and a compliment of 100-beds, with additional benches at the corridors that can accomodate up to 30 patients more.
The J.R. Borja Memorial City Hospital operates under the auspices and mandates of the city government of Cagayan de Oro with all its operational, maintenance and capital expenditures funded solely and exclusively by the city government. Though, on some occasion, it receives grants from congressional/senate funds and cause-oriented groups.
The hospital is manned by fully trained and competent medical staff, complemented by a pool of hardworking administrative and ancillary staff, which are selected and appointed competitively under the Civil Service Rules and Regulations.
Over time, the JRBMCH was able to establish a separate facility to cater to the needs of tuberculosis patients. It has also constructed a 3-storey building, the 1st and 2nd floor, which is almost completed, is built to expand hospital operations and ward facilities.
Since its existence, the JRBMCH was able to pursue diligently its role in improving primary, secondary, preventive and curative health services to the populace of Cagayan de Oro City, implemented in coordination with the city government and the various cause-oriented groups, who are regularly sponsoring civic action, people-to-people programs and the like.
By virtue of City Ordinance in 10209-2006, the J.R. BORJA MEMORIAL CITY HOSPITAL became the J.R. BORJA GENERAL HOSPITAL of Cagayan de Oro City.