St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC) was established in 1982 with the objective of ensuring provision of quality medical screening services for U.S. immigrant visa applicants through accurate and efficient data management, customer delight, and internal culture of professional service with the highest degree of integrity and honesty. A year later, upon recommendation of the U.S. Embassy Manila, the Department of State appointed SLEC as the exclusive medical screening panel site in the Philippines. Over the years, it expanded its operations in providing the same services to visa applicants of the Embassies of Australia, Canada and New Zealand. In year 2000, its home found its niche in the busy tourist district of Manila as a prominent 7-storey facility.
With a 'One-Stop-Shop' concept, all the required tests and professional services like specialty referrals, with few exceptions, are available within the building as a feature to simplify procedures and likewise negate an applicant's need to travel from one clinic to another. This set-up also ensures that quality controls are monitored and maintained, and that anti-fraud measures are always observed throughout the medical screening process.
SLEC added another feather to its cap in 2008 when it was evaluated by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) and Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) in partnership with the Federal Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (ACET) and the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association (NTCA) as an invaluable tool in determining SLEC's adaptability and capacity in implementing dynamic guidelines for the medical examination of U.S. immigrant visa applicants. Clinic staff was found to be competent, well-trained, and highly motivated to follow established procedures to serve clients well. This distinction has earned SLEC the stature to be model for other medical screening facilities worldwide. Since then, SLEC has been continuously setting standards for excellence in medical screening services.
In 2013, SLEC opened its satellite branch at the 10th floor of the Medical Arts Building of St. Luke’s Medical Center – Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. The facility serves visa applicants to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Korea. The following year, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada appointed SLEC as the TB Referral Center for their visa applicants, thus giving birth to the collaboration between St. Luke’s Extension Clinic and other panel sites in the Philippines.