Visitation suspended at GMH; use of personal face masks in effect

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A perennial money loser whose annual deficits typically fall in the $20 to $30 million range, the balance sheet at Guam Memorial Hospital has improved in recent months.

All visitation at the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) has been suspended, effective immediately. GMHA acknowledges this will be difficult for families, but the measures have been put in place for the safety of the GMHA patients, staff and the wider local community.

In an effort to preserve Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the GMHA is requiring everyone entering the hospital to wear a personal face mask.

The proper PPE by the respective unit is and will continue to be provided to all staff who provide patient care or who enter patient rooms. All staff who do not provide patient care or enter patient care rooms are expected to use their own personal face masks.

While these measures are important for safety purposes, it is not a substitute for social distancing. Keeping a safe distance and practicing good hygiene will continue to remain a priority at GMHA.