Need for new hospital reiterated

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Acting governor Josh Tenorio said the cost of repairs to the current facility is already so high, it makes more sense to build a new hospital.

Acting Governor Josh Tenorio reaffirmed today what Governor Lou Leon Guerrero told the Pacific News Center before she left for Washington — that Guam needs to build a new public hospital to replace GMH.

Up until recently, officials said they would wait for the final report from the Army Corps of Engineers which reviewed the structural integrity of the old hospital last November.

The Army Corps’ final report is not due until March. However, last week, the governor said she favors building a new hospital.

And today the acting governor echoed that opinion, saying the cost of repairs to the current facility is already so high, it makes more sense to build a new hospital.

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“I think there is no question that we have to build a new hospital. And agree on the scope. It’s going to require a large number … a big amount of financing. And I’ll just say that the hospital has been on the top of the governor’s agenda in meetings with a bunch of federal officials coming up with different ways to come up with a good package,” Tenorio said.

The Acting Governor has signed a number of recently passed bills into law over the past week.

But he has yet to act on Sen. Therese Terlaje’s Bill 210, which would appropriate $10 million to GMH for immediate repairs to the old hospital’s leaky roof; replace the electrical panel, and put a down payment on the critically needed electronic health record system.

Tenorio today declined to say whether he would sign that bill saying only that it remains under review.

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