GMHA Shares Updates on its MCH Units

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Guam Memorial Hospital
Guam Memorial Hospital (PNC file photo)

The Guam Memorial Hospital has been the talk of local media outlets… due to the recent shortage of OBGYNs, neonatologists, and pediatricians.

PNC’s Althea Engman has more…

Current capital improvement projects are being done in the Maternal and Child Health units with one being a large upgrade to the air conditioning starting this October.

GMH has recognized the crowded layout of the NICU and nursery units which they have added makes it difficult for nurses and parents to navigate.

As a result, GMHA is planning on reconfiguring the layout of the NICU and nursery to improve functionality, convenience, and safety for parents and nurses as another project.

Moreover, last month GMHA put out a call for neonatal nurses to assist their nursing staff due to the high number of critically ill newborns.

Currently, the hospital does not have a neonatologist on staff but has access to telemedicine consultations for Pediatric Nephrology, Infectious Diseases, Intensive
Care, and a Pediatric Pulmonologist.

Cindy Handson, GMH’s PIO said, “We currency use telemedicine in our ER and our ICU and recently expanded it to our Neonatal units so we have not had doctors physically here but we also have neonatologists on duty via telemedicine so they do rounds.”

“GMHA assures the community that these shortages will not affect the care mothers and infants receive at our hospital,” said Administrator/CEO Lillian Perez-Posadas.

Hanson said, “They are getting stretched thin there’s only so many of them and you know having to work these long hours which they do willingly from their hearts because they are so invested in these babies and caring for them.”

There is a national shortage of OBGYNs, neonatologists, and pediatricians which has resulted in GMH competing nationally to secure providers.

Furthermore, Hanson said, There’s a shortage of nurses around the world and everyone is looking for nurses but the wonderful thing about nurses is they always step up to the plate and there’s always willing to work longer hours or give up a day off and we always want to support them of course as best as we can.”

Reporting for PNC News
I’m Althea Engman

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Althea Engman or as she is referred to as Thea joined the PNC team in August of 2021 as their youngest reporter and after a few months she was given the opportunity to be their weather girl. She currently attends the University of Guam while working at Sorenson. Her hobbies include dancing, creating content for social media, as well modeling on the side, she also is a big dog lover. Before working for PNC, she didn’t think about pursuing a career in journalism or a related field but it has helped her figure out a better career path. She covers a wide variety of news beats with a focus on legislation and lifestyle.