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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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Guam Memorial Hospital

Christmas caroling at the Guam Memorial Hospital

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Guam Memorial Hospital Maternity Ward Tour 8/27/14


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9 injured during weekend accident, and police say passengers not wearing seat belts.

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Rates at the Guam Memorial Hospital are going up. For years the hospital has been challenged by flatlining finances and one of the contributing factors is its antiquated fee schedule.

Guam Memorial Hospital Christmas Party '09

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Pacific Daily News

Pacific Daily News
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:52:30 -0800

Donated: Representatives from the Guam Memorial Hospital Volunteer's Association and Guam Memorial Hospital, accept the keys to a 2015 Kia Soul, donated March 4 by Triple J Auto Group, at a press conference held at the their main location in Upper ...
Pacific Daily News
Sun, 15 Mar 2015 00:37:27 -0700

The Guam Memorial Hospital will be opening its doors to pregnant women who are at least 36 weeks pregnant, and to all high-risk pregnant women who are 6 months or more into their pregnancy. Please check in at the Patient Registration Department on the ...

Pacific Daily News

Pacific News Center
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:31:49 -0700

“It is with deep regret and for very personal reasons that I resigned as Administrator/CEO of the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority. This was an unexpected and very painful decision. I am truly proud to have been part of many positive accomplishments at ...

Pacific Daily News

Pacific Daily News
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:52:30 -0700

Judy Salas, right, a member of the Guam Memorial Hospital Volunteers Association at the gift shop in this Oct. 11, 2013, file photo. The organization was founded by Cecilia "Chilang" Cruz Bamba. Pacific Daily News file photo ...
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:22:58 -0800

The Guam Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees passed a resolution to raise rates during their last meeting. The resolution aims to establish reasonable rates for service, medication and supplies in order for GMH to meet its financial obligations ...

Pacific Daily News

Pacific Daily News
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:00:41 -0700

... he had difficulty breathing. It wasn't until tests were done that his heart condition was discovered. Julien is now being monitored by staff at Guam Memorial Hospital. Encarnacion said she had two ultrasounds during her pregnancy and nothing was ...

Pacific Daily News

Pacific Daily News
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:00:41 -0700

The Guam Memorial Hospital Volunteers Association 50th Anniversary Charity Ball 6:30 p.m. April 18 at the Hyatt Regency Guam. Tickets $100. Attire is formal. Sit-down dinner, door prizes, dancing, entertainment. For tickets, call 489-4152 or 646-5562.
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Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:14:15 -0700

HAGÅTÑA — Joseph Verga has resigned as administrator of Guam Memorial Hospital, but declined to disclose the reason for his abrupt move. GMH issued a statement early Friday announcing Verga would no longer be working as administrator as of 5 p.m. ...

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