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Guam Memorial Hospital

Guam Memorial Hospital is located in Tamuning, Guam and is the public 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, 19 Jan 2016 00:46:01 -0800

They have refused to provide Guam Memorial Hospital with the funding it needs to provide services to the people of Guam. This is the root cause of the $20 million owed to vendors, which threatens the hospital's ability to continue operations because it ...

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:11:15 -0800

Magistrate Judge Joaquin V.E. Manibusan Friday questioned whether a federal court has the authority to hear a lawsuit filed by a regional migrant who said the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority illegally garnished her tax refund to cover unpaid bills.

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The Guam Daily Post (press release) (registration)
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:26:15 -0800

The bill proposes to take about $1.3 million in excess funding from the legislature and transfer the money to Guam Memorial Hospital. GMH will use that money to pay Medicaid. For every dollar the local government pays to Medicaid, the federal ...

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Pacific Daily News
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 23:25:32 -0800

The man appointed by Gov. Eddie Calvo as Guam Memorial Hospital's next administrator is the same person Calvo dismissed from the position in 2011. Calvo on Friday announced the appointment of PeterJohn Camacho, a person who served as ...

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 06:26:15 -0800

The Government of Guam Retirement Fund board is seeking legal advice concerning Guam Memorial Hospital's debt. The board met Friday to discuss GMH's debt to the Retirement Fund, which is more than $2.9 million. Retirement Fund Director Paula Blas ...

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Pacific Daily News
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:52:30 -0800

The legislative Guam Memorial Hospital task force released a report Monday detailing ways to help address the hospital's problems. The task force wants to pursue a public-private partnership that could possibly yield the construction of a new hospital, ...

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Pacific Daily News
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:03:45 -0800

Ted Lewis, chief executive officer of Guam Memorial Hospital, addresses a question about rate increases from Sen. BJ Cruz at a GMH budget hearing at the Guam Legislature on Aug. 4. Lewis stated it was a "cardinal sin" not to keep pace with Medicare ...

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Pacific Daily News
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:18:45 -0800

Guam Memorial Hospital recently paid the island's local utilities about $800,000, ensuring that the facility wouldn't lose power and water services anytime soon. Guam Waterworks Authority spokeswoman Heidi Ballendorf said GMH paid the water agency ...

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