Guam – The Guam Healthcare & Hospital Development Foundation has announced that the initial design work for the Guam Regional Medical City began today [Wednesday].
A release from Foundation Chairman Pete Sgro states:
After years of meetings, years of fostering positive relationships within and outside of Guam, purchasing the property and approximately $2,000,000 spent by private investors on studies to determine the services that will be offered by The Guam Regional Medical City, initial design work of the private hospital facility begins today. With a Construction Manager, Project Manager, Design Team, Operator and Investment Banking team all in place, the reality of an initial 130 acute care bed private hospital for Guam and the region has taken another step forward. Under current design and construction schedules, the hospital development and design team are coordinating efforts in order to meet a September 2011 ground breaking.
Although recruiting and retention efforts have already begun locally and with some off-island organizations in the states, the formal strategic recruiting and retention plan will be launched next month which will include as part of the program a campaign called “Bringing our Sons and Daughters Home” by reaching out to those currently practicing outside of Guam with family here, to return and practice on Guam. The program also includes providing doctors with assurances that when practicing at the Guam Regional Medical City, they will have available to them state of trt equipment they have been trained to use, especially for those services that many residents now have to go off-island for or currently wait weeks or even months before being able to be cared for.
“For decades, we as a community have had to accept private hospitals and support those private hospitals in places like Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Manila,” said Peter Sgro, Chairman of the Guam Healthcare and Hospital Development Foundation. “It is exciting when you stop to think that now our community will have the option to support a private hospital right in the village of Dededo, added Sgro.
Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares who is also a Foundation board member, and Sgro, will Co-Chair a “Community Advisory Board” that will be available to the investors and design team for input. This 12 member Advisory Board is currently in the formation stages with the goal of having a cross section of our community represented, especially those who have either been patients or family of patients. Since the philosophy of The Guam Regional Medical City is rooted in “Patients as Partners,” this advisory board will help provide the patients perspective of what they expect in terms of service levels and standards of care.