GMH Asking for $20 Million More Than Gov’s Request & Public Health Asking For $8 Million More

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GMH is currently getting $21 million dollars for this fiscal year. The Governor’s budget request for GMH for FY17 is $25 million dollars. However GMH is now asking for $45 million dollars.

Guam The Guam Memorial Hospital is requesting a budget that is more than double what they are getting this fiscal year.

 

GMH is currently getting $21 million dollars for this fiscal year. The Governor’s budget request for GMH for FY17 is $25 million dollars. However GMH is now asking for $45 million dollars. GMH Administrator Peter John Camacho said the Governor approved the $45 million dollar budget when he was acting in place of the hospital board. “Did any of you make him aware of the fact that the subsidy you were going to be asking for was $20 million dollars more than what he had set forth in his executive budget?” asked Cruz. “Yessir,” replied Camacho. “He was aware of that?” asked Cruz. “Yessir,” replied Camacho. “Then that would mean Mrs. Manglona since you’ve prepared budgets before and had part in the fiscal team you understand that that means that straight off the bat what the Governor submitted as a balanced budget in February is now off by $20 million dollars because of the subsidy request that you submitted,” said Vice-Speaker Cruz. GMH CFO Benita Manglona said that this increased budget was produced after the hospital management advisory team completed their review of the needs of the hospital.

Meanwhile the Department of Public Health is also requesting $8 million dollars more than what was in the Governor’s budget request. “They’re still requesting $8 million dollars more than what was in the February executive budget and you’re requesting $20 million dollars more and so today we’re throwing off the budget by $28 million dollars just today,” said Vice-Speaker Cruz.

 

GMH Administrator Peter John Camacho also told lawmakers today that the budget request is completely separate from the omnibus or bond borrowing bill which means they need the $45 million dollar budget for FY17 on top of the $160 million the Governor is requesting via a bond borrowing package.