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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.

History[edit]

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.

Certification[edit]

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
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 06:28:53 -0700

Guam Memorial Hospital has agreed to take control of medication needs at the Department of Corrections. The agreement was established through a memorandum of understanding between the hospital and the Department of Corrections and could be ...

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Pacific Daily News
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 18:20:21 -0700

A 21-year-old man was in critical condition at Guam Memorial Hospital yesterday following a reported stabbing at Matapang Beach on Sunday. Police arrested Kyle Yurko, 34, on Sunday for allegedly stabbing a man with whom he was drinking with since the ...

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Pacific Daily News
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 06:28:43 -0700

Guam Memorial Hospital still hemorrhages money and owes vendors and other debt. The Guam Police Department doesn't have enough police officers or vehicles to do its job effectively. The Office of the Attorney General doesn't have enough prosecutors to ...
 
KUAM.com
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:30:00 -0700

Recurring losses and negative cash flows from operations are just some of the words the Guam Office of Public Accountability used in an audit of the Guam Memorial Hospital's finances for Fiscal Year 2014. For the second year the OPA noted that the ...
 
Pacific Daily News
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 06:49:50 -0700

At issue is whether Meno was immediately assessed at Guam Memorial Hospital after falling in a port restroom in September 2011, port documents state. According to the Port, Meno wasn't, which means any workers' compensation benefits she received were ...
 
Pacific News Center
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:37:30 -0700

Guam Memorial Hospital Spokesperson June Perez says the man, who has not yet been identified, was taken to GMH around 2:30 pm and was "dead on arrival." Perez says the hiker's family was notified. it's still not clear whether the man was in the military.

Pacific Daily News

Pacific Daily News
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:33:45 -0700

About 20 percent of the $5 million is intended to pay for pharmaceutical services for inmates, which are provided by Guam Memorial Hospital. The rest of the money will go toward other services mandated by the settlement agreement, such as mental-health ...

Pacific Daily News

Pacific Daily News
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:22:30 -0700

A 62-year-old man and 82-year-old woman were in serious condition at Guam Memorial Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman June Perez. The woman was the driver of a forest green Toyota Tacoma, the man a passenger in a dark blue Nissan Frontier, said ...
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