Guam- The Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) is planning to close its Outpatient Hemodialysis Services in the next 6 to 8 weeks.
GMH Public Information Officer Ed Crisostomo says the closure was based on financial reasons. He mentions their Chief Financial Officer Siva Karrupan noted GMH is losing up to $60 thousand a month to keep the outpatient unit open. Crisostomo also confirms Karrupan has no personal interest or stake in opening or partnering with any outpatient dialysis centers because of this decision. He says the closure was debated on for several years now and was recently revisited last December.
“Definitely during this financial crisis that we’re all facing at this time, we looked” said Crisostomo. “It didn’t happen overnight. It’s been going on for the last 6-7 years.”
While GMH is planning to keep its inpatient hemodialysis service active, Crisostomo says the outpatient care will be absorbed by community providers. He adds there are four outpatient centers around the island that will help with that load.