While they have been open for several weeks, the Guam Regional Medical City has not yet activated its emergency services.
Guam – The new hospital in Dededo was forced to send one of its patients to the Guam Memorial Hospital last night because the Guam Regional Medical City’s emergency services are not yet available.
A 69-year-old man showed up to GRMC with reported chest pains thinking he could get treated there, however, GRMC tells PNC that a GRMC physician medically screened the patient then called for an ambulance to send the man to GMH.
GRMC Associate Chief Medical Officer Dr. Felix Cabrera, in an email statement, emphasized that the patient was not turned away and that the man’s ability to pay or his health insurance coverage was not a factor in his treatment.
The new Dededo hospital opened its doors on July 1st and held a grand opening celebration on July 20th.
Last week they performed their first surgical operation–a nephrectomy, or the removal of part of or the entire kidney.
Dr. Cabrera says he expects GRMC emergency services to be activated later this month. Once activated, he notes that both federal and local law require that they treat all patients who need emergency care regardless of their ability to pay.