GMH almost done with contingency plan for possible 2nd wave of COVID-19

Guam Memorial Hospital administrator Lillian Perez-Posadas has been tapped to chair the Guam Medical and Public Health Services Action Plan Task Force (PNC file photo)

The Guam Memorial Hospital is almost done with its beefed-up COVID-19 plans should there be a second wave of the virus on island.

Lillian Perez Posadas, the GMH administrator, says the task force that’s putting the design together is 75 percent done.

The plans include upgrades for not only the hospital but also making the Skilled Nursing Unit in Barrigada Heights its own functioning facility, with ventilators as well.

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Lillian Perez Posadas, Guam Memorial Hospital administrator, said: “So the plan is to make that facility, not just an overflow but also to upgrade it to an ICU level, a critical care level facility. It’s coming along, it’s now just identifying all the equipment, all the resources such as the staff, where are we going to get them…how are we going to get them.”

Perez Posadas says there’s no completion date yet because they want to present the plan to Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero first and identify how much it will cost.

She says the air conditioner at the Skilled Nursing Facility is older and will need to be replaced and that is part of the expenses that need to be factored in.