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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 Daily News

Pacific Daily News
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:52:30 -0800

IV: Staff nurse John Walsh adjusts the amount of intravenous medication to be administered to a patient at the emergency room of the Guam Memorial Hospital in Tamuning on Jan. 29. Rick Cruz/Pacific Sunday News/rmcruz@guampdn.com ...

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Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:34:24 -0800

A 36-year-old man nearly drowned this afternoon while swimming in water near USO Beach in Piti. Guam Memorial Hospital spokeswoman June Perez said this evening that the man was "stable and being treated." Henry Salas, 26, of Chalan Pago, said he ...

Pacific Daily News

Pacific Daily News
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:30:00 -0800

ADVERTISEMENT. A man and a woman caught in rough surf at Ritidian Beach were pronounced "dead on arrival" at Guam Memorial Hospital this afternoon. Emergency personnel responded to the beach this morning to reports of two distressed swimmers.

Pacific Daily News

Pacific Daily News
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:52:30 -0800

The two people were taken to Guam Memorial Hospital. GMH spokeswoman June Perez said they were pronounced dead on arrival at 12:30 p.m.. Forbes said that while the water is attractive for swimming, the water conditions can be unpredictable.
Pacific Daily News
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:52:30 -0800

A 35-year-old man was listed in serious condition yesterday at Guam Memorial Hospital following a moped-automobile accident. The accident was reported at around 7:30 yesterday morning, according to Guam Fire Department spokesman Lt. Edward Artero.
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:26:15 -0800

The total appropriations for the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority increased by 87 percent over FY15 levels to 18.5-million dollars. Part of the increase is a result of the allocation to the Pharmaceuticals Fund rising from 4 to 6.9 percent. As for tax ...

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Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:02:42 -0800

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:52:30 -0800

On to first phase: Dr. Thomas Shieh shows the facilities at the Guam Memorial Hospital labor and delivery ward during a tour on Sept. 8, 2014. Gov. Eddie Calvo yesterday signed the maternity ward contract allowing for GMH to move forward with the ...

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