Adelup launches grant program through GEDA to support island clinics

(From the Office of the Governor of Guam)

The Governor’s office issued a release Wednesday morning saying through Executive Order 2020-35, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero established the Health Care System Stabilization Program under the Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA).

The Health Care System Stabilization Grant Program will provide financial assistance to Tier 1 and Tier 2 clinics, and other qualified medical and mental health providers. Eligible entities will include medical providers whose licensure is governed by the Guam Board of Medical Examiners, and behavioral health providers whose licensure is governed by the Guam Board of Allied Health Examiners. The program will end December 31, 2020.

GEDA will consult industry stakeholders regarding the application, standard operating procedures, and other relevant documentation, according to the news release.

“This grant program supports our whole-of-Guam effort to ensure that our hospitals are not overwhelmed, and our healthcare system is stabilized, so that we can continue to serve those in our community who require medical assistance, whether related to COVID-19 or not,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.

“From the very beginning of this pandemic, our goal was to protect the health and safety of our people. Our frontliners have done a tremendous job in protecting all of us, and COVID-19 has shown how important it is for us to have a resilient healthcare system. As we shift from response to recovery, we need to ensure our medical facilities have the resources they need to adequately respond to all medical situations,” said Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio.

Adelup said the program is still in development and further information will be provided at a later date.

(News Release from the Office to the Governor)