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GCC, GMH help patients connect to family

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam -  The Martinez family is just one many on Guam, and in this case at the Guam Memorial Hospital that is using technology to keep in touch with relatives in the  mainland.  "We're actually just connecting with her telling her showing her how my dad is because she hasn't had a real connection through anything," explained Stella Martinez.

Her dad's dad has been at GMH since Monday and this was the first time her sister Leann - who lives in Hawaii - was able to see and talk to her father. "He's squeezing real hard," she detailed, "he just doesn't want to open his eyes."

And like the Martinez family, you too, can use technology to connect with relatives. "What've you just witness is the precious moments of what technology can have for us," said Elaine Fejerang, an instructor at the Guam Community College. Next Friday during GCC's 2nd Annual Open House, she'll be sharing several tips and tricks about smartphones, other mobile devices and free applications that are available for download.

"How to use it to be efficient how to go off and communicate as you just saw and also how to kill time and keep your sanity by playing with your system," Fejerang continued.

And in this case with the use of a netbook, the pressing of a few buttons and the free Skype, Leann in Hawaii was able to check-in with her dad at Guam Memorial. And remember earlier how her father was tired and wouldn't open his eyes? Well, thanks to technology, she said, "He woke up because she showed her belly, she's due next month. He was able to wake up to that and he got excited.

To create your own special moment like what you just make sure to check out GCC's Open House and visit with Fejerang. The open house at the Mangilao campus is next Friday. Meanwhile as for the Guam Memorial Hospital, they are working on offering free Wi-Fi to patients, currently it's only accessible to hospital staff.

According to GMH spokesperson Connor Murphy however they are welcoming patients and visitors to use whatever technology they have to communicate with family off-island like the Martinez family.

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