Dr. Thelma Navarrete-Clemente, MHA, FPCHA
is the founder of the Capitol medical Center, a 300 bed
fully equipped hospital in Quezon City. She used to operate
a 10 bed maternity hospital, the Holy Family
Maternity Clinic, in Tondo, Manila spanning a period of
27 years. From the simple maternity, CMC now have as
affiliates the CMC Diagnostics, Inc. and the Capitol
Medical Center Colleges.
She carries with her a string of recognition and awards due to her passion in helping her fellowmen, especially anything that
has to do with the medical industry. As far back as 1987, she worked hand in hand with the United States Public Health Service
in introducing to hospitals the need for them to come up with her Vision - Mission statements.
Dr. Clemente was a Past President of the Philippine Hospital Association for 12 terms. She was elevated to president
Emeritus of the organization in 1997. She was elected as the First Woman President of the prestigious international organization,
the Asian Hospital Federation (AHF).
She was also the first woman doctor in the DBP Board. In
her capacity, she helped in providing assistance to some 50
primary hospitals that were up for foreclosure. She was also given
several prestigious awards that stand as testaments to her hard
work: The "2003 Outstanding Citizen of Quezon City", "Ten
Outstanding Women for Medicine in 1968", "Achiever Award for
Doctors 1978", "Community Service Award 1981", "Gintong Ina /
Ulirang Ina Award in Medicine 1991", "UPAA Most Outstanding
Alumni in Medicine 1981" and "UPAA Most Distinguished Life
Time Service Award 2005".
Dr. Clemente graduated from the University of the Philippines
and passed the Board of medicine as 11th placer. She was a
resident in OB-GYN at the North General Hospital for three years.
She took up Post Graduate Residency in OB at the Margaret
Hague Maternity Hospital and Gyne at the Jersey City Medical
Center, New Jersey USA. Dr. Clemente took her Masters Degree
in Hospital Administration at the IHF Course for Senior Hospital
Managers in London, United Kingdom. (PHILIPPINE HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION)