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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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Coordinates: 13°30′18″N 144°46′29″E / 13.50500°N 144.77472°E / 13.50500; 144.77472

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Pacific Daily News
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 06:48:36 -0700

Guam Memorial Hospital administrators are confident they'll see an increase in Medicare reimbursements next fiscal year. "This will be a major milestone," said Benita Mangloña, chief financial officer for the hospital. According to Mangloña, the public ...

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:43:14 -0700

Guam Memorial Hospital, photographed on April 11, 2012. (Photo: PDN file). CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. Guam Memorial Hospital administrators on Friday are holding a public hearing for proposed rate increases and new fees.

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Pacific Daily News
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:24:53 -0700

Seattle nursing specialist Robert Chapman on Thursday gave Guam Memorial Hospital nurses exclusive training on end-of-life care. "I think because of our culture it's hard to talk about or acknowledge death," said GMH Nursing Administrator Zennia Pecina.

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Pacific Daily News
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:03:52 -0700

Guam Memorial Hospital administrators on Friday made their case for proposed rate increases during a public hearing at the hospital. The rate increases are for more than 400 items and services that include treatments, procedures, medicine and others.

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Pacific Daily News
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:19:51 -0700

The 20-year-old man brought to Guam Memorial Hospital with injuries sustained in the Harmon street fight was discharged at 9:20 p.m. yesterday, according to GMH spokeswoman June Perez. The man had suffered a 2-inch laceration to his forehead, and ...

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Pacific Daily News
Sat, 08 Aug 2015 06:29:46 -0700

Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz on Tuesday questioned Guam Memorial Hospital's long-standing lack of certified medical coders. "Ask somebody who's been around GMH longer than eight months how many times over the past six years: 'When are we going to ...
Pacific News Center
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:37:30 -0700

Guam - Questions are being raised over what some consider to be the misuse of government funds at the Guam Memorial Hospital, specifically, over a bathroom stall that was built in the condemned Z-wing. But the hospital management says the bathroom ...
Pacific Daily News
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:32:10 -0700

Guam Memorial Hospital's attempt to get into the urgent care business has been a bust. The hospital's board needs to recognize this and look at better allocating the resources being used there to other areas of operations. The hospital's urgent care ...

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