Guam - While the Guam Memorial Hospital may now have the authority to go out and borrow up to $25 million, officials are still trying to figure out where they'll come up with $39,000 to prevent being left powerless tomorrow. The hospital has until the close of business tomorrow to pay the outstanding October power bill.
While it's unclear where the money will come from, spokesperson Connor Murphy says he's confident employees will get paid tomorrow.
In the meantime, the Guam Medical Association met yesterday to discuss the issue at GMH, and is now urging the governor to exhausted all methods to pay vendors. The group drafted the following resolution, which was ratified this afternoon.
Whereas, the continuing shortage of basic medicines and clinical supplies at the Guam Memorial Hospital has put the health and safety of the people of Guam in imminent danger,
Whereas, GMH physicians and nurses are being forced to deviate from the standard of care due to recurrent shortages of first-line medicines and hospital supplies,
Whereas, the GMH administration has acknowledged delayed supply acquisition due to the more than $20 million in overdue debt to medical vendors and other hospital creditors,
Whereas, the ability of the physicians of Guam to safely care for their patients is being threatened by a poorly equipped hospital,
Be it resolved that we , the members of the Guam Medical Association, declare that the Guam Memorial Hospital is in a state of emergency and we urge the Governor of Guam to act immediately to secure reliable funding for hospital medicines and supplies in order that we can continue to provide safe and competent care to our patients.