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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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Pacific News Center
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:34:43 -0700

Guam - Guam Memorial Hospital is once again facing a fiscal crisis. GMH Administrator Joesph Verga told the Legisalture's Appropriations Committee Friday that the island's only public hospital is "broke." And Verga warned, that "miracles are running ...
Pacific Daily News
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:09:47 -0700

Failing to adequately fund the island's only civilian hospital -- the Guam Memorial Hospital -- puts health care for the entire island at risk. For decades, the hospital has been losing money because of a lack of adequate cash flow and inadequate ...
Pacific Daily News
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:52:30 -0700

Elected officials can no longer make the financial stability of Guam Memorial Hospital a back-burner issue. While the hospital still must work to reduce its costs, it's also the obligation of elected officials to ensure that GMH is adequately funded ...
Pacific Daily News
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:52:30 -0700

Retirement contributions too high: Betty Ann Buentipo, at front, a registered nurse at Guam Memorial Hospital, in July 2013 takes notes while processing a patient in the emergency room. The hospital is broke and has not fully funded employee pay raises ...
Pacific Daily News
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:52:30 -0700

Guam Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Joseph Verga went to the Philippines recently to explore the possibility of a partnership with St. Luke's Medical Center. Verga said he's considering ways for medical specialists from St. Luke's -- if they ...
Marianas Variety
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:56:20 -0700

Out of the $130,943.82 some $75,000 was paid to Guam Memorial Hospital. Airfare for GVB Board Member Milton Morinaga and Sen. Tina Muna Barnes to attend the funeral services of Kazuko Uehara , Rie Sugiyama and Hitoshi Yokota were also taken from ...
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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0700

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Pacific Daily News
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:52:30 -0700

The Civil Service Commission will meet at 5:45 p.m. July 24 in Suite 6A, 777 Route 4, Sinajana. For agenda items or special accommodations, call 647-1855/57 or TTY 649-7002. • The Guam Memorial Hospital Authority Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. ...

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