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Guam Memorial Hospital

Guam Memorial Hospital is located in Tamuning, Guam and is the only civilian hospital serving the island of Guam. The hospital has 158 licensed acute care beds, plus 40 beds at its off-site, long-term care Skilled Nursing Facility.

The hospital offers comprehensive adult and pediatric medical services. These include 24-hour emergency services; medical telemetry and progressive care; obstetrics, labor and delivery; nursery; catheterization lab (periodically with visiting cardiologists); orthopedic services; in-patient and out-patient surgery; intensive care (neonatal, pediatric and adult); skilled nursing care; laboratory and blood bank services; radiology, angiography, nuclear medicine and CT scan diagnostic services; pharmacy; respiratory care; renal dialysis; physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, cardiac rehabilitation and recreational therapy; dietetic services, patient education and social services; and pastoral care services.


Guam Memorial Hospital Authority was created in 1964 to administer and operate the Guam Memorial Hospital.[1] Its operations represent a major change in the history of the government's role in delivery of medical care to the community. Historically, the U.S. government provided free hospital and health care services to the people of Guam. The U.S. Naval forces assumed responsibility for the island's medical needs at the turn of the 20th century when the United States took formal possession of Guam.

These services continued with the U.S. Navy's delivery of care after World War II, and culminated with their donation of the first hospital facility of the Government of Guam's Department of Public Health and Welfare in the postwar era. This "Quonset Hut" facility was replaced in 1956 with the construction of the Guam Memorial Hospital at Oka Point which originally served as a nurse training facility and tuberculosis hospital.[2] As the need for hospital services increased, this Oka Point facility was renovated to serve as a 230-bed hospital that offered acute, psychiatric and long-term care services.

In 1964, the Guam Memorial Hospital was established as a line agency of the Government of Guam's executive branch.[1] Its creation separated hospital services from community health services provided by the Department of Public Health and Welfare Corporation. Thirteen years later in 1977, the Guam Memorial Hospital was created as a Public Corporation, and has since been operating as a "governmental, non-profit institution serving the people of Guam, " under the governance of a Board of Trustees.

Prior to August 19, 1983, Guam Memorial Hospital provided mental health services. On that day, the Guam Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, which took over the responsibility of providing mental health services, opened.[3] Guam Memorial Hospital then closed their inpatient psychiatric unit and currently has no psychiatrists on staff.


Guam Memorial Hospital Authority holds numerous accreditations and certifications. The hospital is certified by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as is the off-site Skilled Nursing Facility. Its laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists. Its blood bank is registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Its mammography services are accredited and certified by the American College of Radiology and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Guam Memorial Hospital became accredited by The Joint Commission on July 9, 2010.[4] The hospital initially lost its accreditation in 1983.[5]


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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:30:00 -0700

HAGÅTÑA — Guam Memorial Hospital is exploring the potential use of fiscal 2016 capital improvement project grant funds from the Department of Interior for the renovation of Guam Memorial Hospital's labor and delivery ward should Bill 393 fail to pass.
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Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:22:30 -0700

HAGÅTÑA — Despite a projected increase in revenue for the government next fiscal year, Guam Memorial Hospital will not receive any additional funds, according to disappointed hospital officials, after their analysis of the proposed 2015 budget.
Pacific Daily News
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:02:43 -0700

Guam Memorial Hospital Volunteer Association's bridal gown sale is today, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., (CQ Sunday Sept. 7) at the Agana Shopping Center. On Friday (CQ Sept. 5) pageant winners modeled some of the gowns. From left, 2014 Miss World Guam ...
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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:25:27 -0700

New dad Mark Palacios looks through the window as a Guam Memorial Hospital nurse washes his daughter Akela Azure Palacios after her birth. A loan to renovate the labor and delivery ward will be discussed at a public hearing today. Palacios said the ...
Pacific Daily News
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:52:30 -0700

Labor and delivery ward: Dr. Thomas Shieh on Sept. 8 shows the facilities at the Guam Memorial Hospital labor and delivery ward during a tour. Shieh says renovations are needed to avoid frequent movement of patients. Lawmakers have introduced ...
Pacific Daily News
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:39:04 -0700

The best part of having extended hours is that more people will be able to get health care before they need to go to the Guam Memorial Hospital, Unpingco-Denorcey said. "We want to reduce the flow of patients to GMH by taking care of them before they ...
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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:06:13 -0700

Guam Memorial Hospital Authority's top officials faced another round of grilling yesterday at an oversight hearing on its finances. Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz led the questioning of GMH Chief Executive Officer Joseph Verga and Chief Financial Officer ...
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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:42:23 -0700

The Legislature is proposing to authorize Guam Memorial Hospital to borrow up to $4 million to renovate the hospital's labor and delivery ward. Under Bill 393-32, proposed by Speaker Judith Won Pat, the proposed $4 million loan would be repaid with a ...

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