by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The emergency declaration prompted a surprise visit by the Joint Commission. The organization last summer granted full accreditation to the Guam Memorial Hospital, only to be back months later to investigate whether patient care is being compromised. According to hospital spokesperson Connor Murphy, the Joint Commission wants more information before releasing the findings of its inspection.
Murphy adds he's prohibited from releasing specifics as to what additional information is being requested but confirms it deals with how GMH is complying with safety standards and patient care. He told KUAM News, "We welcome their evaluation that's why we participated in the accreditation process in the first place, because we wanted someone from the outside to come in and evaluate us and eventually lead to improvements of how we care for patients and the safety of patients here."
Murphy stresses that the hospital remains fully accredited despite the financial challenges it currently faces.