GMH Fails to Respond to FOIA Regarding Finances

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PNC sent the FOIA request on February 25, nearly a month ago.

Guam – The Guam Memorial Hospital has failed to respond to PNC’s freedom of information act request that we sent nearly a month ago. So we visited them today to find out if they had the documents we requested for on February 25.

 

The FOIA request was addressed to GMH CEO PeterJohn Camacho. In it, we requested for a list of all vendor payables, the total outstanding balance owed to all vendors, list of all vendors who have put GMH on credit hold since December 1, and any and all communication from vendors threatening to put GMH on credit hold from October 1.

By law, the agency has four working days to respond to our inquiry, which meant they would have had to respond by March, 2. But because they requested for a 10 day extension, they had until March 17 to respond.

While at GMH, Spokesperson June Perez greeted us but she told us that Camacho was not available and that he was in a meeting. The FIOA documents we had requested, Perez said, was not available. However, she indicated that it could possibly be available by tomorrow, March 23.

Late this afternoon, Perez contacted us to convey an apology from Camacho for not responding to our FOIA request within the allotted time by law.

Perez says GMH CFO Benita Manglona was handling the request but left off-island on Friday, March 18, at which point, she notes, Camacho took over our inquiry.