GMH Skilled Nursing Home Gets Audio Book Donations


Guam – Urging other members of the community to do what they can for the island’s public hospital, Attorney Pat and Mrs. Judy Mason and
BankPacific today presented the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority Skilled Nursing Unit with more than 50 audio books and $300 worth of listening
devices for use by SNU residents.

[Caption: Photo caption: From left: GMHA Volunteer Liaison Maria Perez, Linda Simon of the Guam Memorial Hospital Volunteers Association, Victoria Williamson, Allena Williamson and Ellie Cruz from BankPacific, Judy Mason, and Marie Taimanglo, Pearl Cruz, Jayson Gozum, Melissa Hayes, Dr. John Steele and Debi Hufana of the Skilled Nursing Unit]

Mason said she and her husband were spurred to make the donation after visiting a family friend who was a patient at the Barrigada Heights
facility. They plan to make future donations with the goal of building a library of more than 500 audio books.

“I was waiting for some need that I could help with in the community,” Mason said. “When someone suggested donating to the hospital, I said, this is my cue.”

Skilled Nursing Unit Medical Director John Steele, M.D., said the donation was a valuable contribution to the resources of the 40-bed facility, which
offers long-term nursing and rehabilitative care to those recovering from major illness or injury.

“Recreation is a very big part of our rehabilitative and restorative program here,” Dr. Steele said. “One of the most important things we do here is help
get our residents back into the activities of daily life.”

Mason said she hopes to inspire other residents to support the island’s public hospital.  “We can all do something to help,” she added.