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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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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 22:08:39 -0700

GFD and Advanced Life Support personnel continued CPR and took the man to Guam Memorial Hospital, according to Reilly. GMH spokeswoman June Perez said the man arrived at the hospital at 5:12 p.m. She did not immediately have information on his ...

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Sat, 11 Jul 2015 00:44:13 -0700

The Guam Memorial Hospital has had a long history of financial troubles, which continues to adversely affect the level of service and care it provides to patients. This dire situation will continue unless significant changes are made. A recent audit ...
Pacific Daily News
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:03:45 -0700

About $3.2 million of the appropriation is to go directly to Guam Memorial Hospital, according to DOC's budget breakdown. The hospital provides health care to inmates and detainees. The portion for the hospital is meant for personnel costs as well as ...
Pacific Daily News
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:41:15 -0700

The Southern Guam Soil and Water Conservation District Board will meet at 4 p.m. July 29 at the University of Guam Agriculture and Life Sciences Building, Room 202. For more information, email southernguamswcd@gmail.com. The Guam Department of ...


Sun, 26 Jul 2015 18:18:45 -0700

DES MOINES — A 20-year-old member of the Iowa National Guard on temporary duty in Guam drowned while swimming Saturday. Senior Airman Drew Bellairs of Osage was pronounced dead at Guam Memorial Hospital after being found unconscious at ...


Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:45:00 -0700

Non-payment of hospital services has been a perennial problem for government-run Guam Memorial Hospital, which has relied on government subsidies to keep afloat. A privately owned facility like GRMC does not have that luxury. So the new hospital is ...

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Pacific Daily News
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:18:45 -0700

Medically, the birth was unremarkable, just like the dozens born before and after her that month at Guam Memorial Hospital. Except Joan Fernandez wasn't born in a hospital, and the delivery room looked more like a large, cozy bedroom at a family ...
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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:39:29 -0700

Guam Memorial Hospital. (Photo: PDN file). CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. The Guam Memorial Hospital continues to hemorrhage money. Increased funding from the government of Guam, while it doubled compared to the previous ...

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