Alternative sites for new hospital being considered, including Oka Point

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Guam Memorial Hospital (PNC file photo)

Alternative sites are being considered for the planned new public hospital for Guam.

According to GEDA chairman David John, the governor’s Medical Center Working Group is taking a serious look at the location alternatives for the new hospital.

Earlier this year, it was already announced that Eagles Field was the preferred site for the island’s new hospital because it has the best traffic flow among the sites being considered for the new hospital.

Eagles Field, located in Mangilao, is also said to have a more central location with better access that would benefit both patients and hospital staff.

According to Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, she already spoke to the military about this and the military agrees that Eagles Field is a very appropriate site for a hospital.

However, critics of the site say that Eagle’s Field is not central enough, and definitely not as central as the location where the current Guam Memorial Hospital now stands.

Moreover, a bill introduced by Vice Speaker Tina Muna-Barnes and Sen. Joe S. San Agustin is proposing to have the site for the new hospital also include the Department of Public Health Social Services, whose main office burned down, and the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center.

Many fear that the existing location would be too small to house all three entities.

According to John, the Medical Center Working Group is considering all the alternative sites for the new hospital, including Oka Point.

The Oka Point location is very close to the current location of GMH and enjoys the same advantages such as a more central location, easy accessibility, and existing infrastructure, plus the public’s familiarity with the location.

“The view of everyone is that we cannot put all our eggs in one basket. We need to understand the benefits and risks associated with all viable sites in the event any environmental, cultural, infrastructure, and other concerns arise,” John said.

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