Guam – The Urgent Care Advisory Board met for the first time Wednesday at the Guam Memorial Hospital.
The advisory board was created through Public Law 60, which is tasked with creating a plan for operating a GMH Urgent Care Center with the goal of alleviating the heavy load at the hospital’s emergency room.
Administrator Joseph Verga says the meeting was more introductory. The Advisory Board is made up of members of the public, the Mayors’ Council, Department of Public Health, local physicians and management and staff of GMH. Verga notes that some board members disagreed on where the urgent care facility should be housed, but after taking a tour of the new emergency department, a consensus was made that it will be operated within the four walls of GMH. CFO Alan Ulrich, a member of the advisory board, explains.
“It was a positive meeting. After the meeting some of the attendees did take a tour of the new emergency department and the facilities so they’re aware of the space that’s available. So that’s positive It was a good opening meeting that Mr. Verga chaired that allowed us to meet the other people to see what’s been done previously as far as analyses of urgent care, emergency departments,” says Ulrich.
The Urgent Care Advisory Board has 90 days to submit a plan to the Legislature. Verga says if everything goes as planned, the urgent care facility should be up and running by March 2014.