United Airlines is supporting the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) in its fight against COVID by providing free roundtrip air transport for medical professionals who travel to Guam to work with GMHA.
To date, GMHA and United have welcomed 81 medical professionals through the NuWest Group, the firm that is managing the recruitment and deployment of highly-skilled traveling nurses to Guam to support the hospital’s medical team.
United has been committed to connecting much-needed medical professionals to the frontlines throughout the U.S. and has recently extended the program to Guam to support GMHA.
The island has only one public hospital to treat patients with limited capacity. To meet demand, they have set up a temporary outdoor facility to triage patients. Local healthcare providers are working overtime and are in need of assistance.
“We are one of the largest employers of the island and are seen as the ‘hometown airline of Guam.’ When local officials put out the call for support, our United team worked quickly to find a way to contribute and provide help,” said Asia-Pacific Airport Operations Managing Director Sam Shinohara.”Micronesia Sales Manager Paula Monk have been coordinating with our Global Community Engagement team and Team GUM to transport more than 81 medical volunteers to the island.”
“On behalf of the Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) Board of Trustees, the Executive Leadership, Medical Staff, all the employees, the patients, and their families, we extend our most heartfelt and immense gratitude for United’s offer to cover the cost of the airfare to bring these much-needed nurses and health care professionals from the US to Guam, to GMH,” said GMH administrator Lillian Perez-Posadas. Lillian previously served as United’s medical programs manager at GUM.
United continues to operate daily flights to HNL (Honolulu) and NRT (Tokyo/Narita) from GUM to keep the lifeline paths open and keep people moving. Nurses and healthcare volunteers will stay in Guam for up to four months and the program will fly volunteers through January.
“United Airlines welcomes the 81 medical professionals to date who have traveled to Guam to support the Guam Memorial Hospital’s medical team. This partnership was meant to give our island’s medical professionals much-needed rest and alleviate some of the stress that they’ve had to bear since the pandemic started. The reality is that we all need to do our part and do it now to help our island climb out of this situation so people can get back to work and kids can go back to school. We need to fix Guam first and that starts by supporting our hospital,” Shinohara said.
He added:”We extend our heartfelt thanks to all of Guam’s medical professionals and frontline teams who have worked so hard since March to care for our loved ones. As Guam’s hometown airline, it is our honor to help in the fight against COVID-19. We couldn’t think of a better way to support our community than by directly supporting Guam’s only public hospital.”