Governor pushing through with plan to allocate $300 million for new hospital

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Guam Memorial Hospital is decades old and needs to be replaced, the governor said. (PNC file photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero said on Monday that she will push through with her plan to allocate $300 million for a new hospital.

This despite the possibility that Guam may get $345 million in federal money from Department of Interior infrastructure funding.

Congressman Michael San Nicolas had said that approval of this federal funding would free up the $300 million in American Rescue Plan funding allotted for the new hospital for use in other pressing needs.

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But the governor said this $345 million in federal funding would be in addition to the $300 million that she has already allotted for the new hospital.

“So that gives us $645 million. The US Army Corps of Engineers has targeted that it would cost about $743 million to build the new hospital. I’m trying to get as many grants and money from federal partners so that we don’t have to have such high debt and so that we don’t have to use our local monies to pay debt,” Leon Guerrero said.

She added that she is aware that there are some people who are saying that if the federal funding is approved, she should give back the $300 million in ARP funding to the people of Guam.

“But I am giving the $300 million back to our people … in a very worthy investment — and that’s building a hospital,” the governor said.

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