Babauta Approves Governor’s Request to Reprogram $1M, After GMH Emergency Declaration

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Guam – The Department of Interior has agreed to allow $1 million dollars in Compact Impact funds for Guam Memorial Hospital to be “reprogrammed” from capital improvement projects to pay vendors for medications and supplies.

In a release this morning [Sunday], DOI Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs Tony Babauta states “I have agreed to Governor Felix Camacho’s request to reprogram one million dollars of Guam’s share of compact impact funding to the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA).”

Babauta explained that “the funding will be used to supplement any additional local funds which may be available to Governor Camacho to purchase medical supplies for the GMHA in response to the recent declaration of emergency.”

That declaration of emergency was signed by the Governor last Wednesday, December 1. But it has not yet been publicly acknowledged or announced by Adelup. PNC News first reported the emergency declaration Saturday morning after contacting GMH Spokesman Connor Murphy who confirmed the declaration. Calls to the Governor’s  spokespersons were not returned.

GMH owes is $21 million dollars in past due utility bills, payments to doctors and to its vendors.  GMH Spokesman Murphy says, to his knowledge, that is the highest level Accounts Payable has ever been.

In his statement, DOI’s Babauta goes onto say that he appreciates “the challenges of the hospital’s leadership to overcome current outstanding debt owed to vendors and in turn the patience of vendors to continue doing business with the hospital in light of these difficult times.”  He also expressed confidence that Guam’s leaders will be working together in the days ahead to address this debt.”

It remains critically important for the hospital to continue providing care to the island’s community and that services go uninterrupted. In the interim, Governor Camacho and GMHA Administrator Peter John Camacho have assured me that the reprogramming of compact impact funds will allow the GMHA to continue operating as smoothly as possible.”

Read Babauta’s Statement in Full below:

STATEMENT OF INTERIOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY BABAUTA ON THE DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY AT THE GUAM MEMORIAL HOSPITAL


Washington, D.C. – The Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, Tony Babauta issued the following statement in the wake of the declaration of a state of emergency at the Guam Memorial Hospital:

“Today I have agreed to Governor Felix Camacho’s request to reprogram one million dollars of Guam’s share of compact impact funding to the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA).  The funding will be used to supplement any additional local funds which may be available to Governor Camacho to purchase medical supplies for the GMHA in response to the recent declaration of emergency.  I appreciate the challenges of the hospital’s leadership to overcome current outstanding debt owed to vendors and in turn the patience of vendors to continue doing business with the hospital in light of these difficult times.  I am confident that Guam’s leaders will be working together in the days ahead to address this debt.  It remains critically important for the hospital to continue providing care to the island’s community and that services go uninterrupted. In the interim, Governor Camacho and GMHA Administrator Peter John Camacho have assured me that the reprogramming of compact impact funds will allow the GMHA to continue operating as smoothly as possible.