Governor to ask feds for help in financing new hospital

Guam Memorial Hospital (PNC file photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero will be asking the federal government for assistance in funding the new public hospital that her administration is envisioning.

The planned new public hospital has come under criticism for costing almost $1 billion to construct and some critics say the money could be put to better use for more pressing and immediate concerns.

Senator Joe S. San Agustin has already temporarily withdrawn his bill on the planned medical and wellness complex that would house the new hospital due to the many questions and criticisms the bill received during its public hearing.

According to Melanie Mendiola, the CEO of the Guam Economic Development Authority, the governor will travel to Washington DC next week specifically to ask for federal funding for the new hospital.

“She will advocate for a number of issues including expanding the flow of funds to our islands for the medical campus with a goal of 20% to 30% in grants and federal funding,” Mendiola said during Thursday’s GEDA board meeting.

She added that GEDA consultant Matrix is now looking at the health medical services portion of the planned new hospital.

Mendiola said the recent controversy over the medical malpractice bill has engaged the attention of most of the medical professionals on island.

As a result, many of them have not yet been able to give feedback on the plans for the new hospital so far.