by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Guam Memorial Hospital has settled a dozen government claims since September 2007. In response to KUAM's request for information under the Sunshine Reform Act of 1999, the hospital provided copies of the settlement agreements.
In 2007 the hospital agreed to pay $318,000 to Kristina Duenas Espinoza and Carlos Alberto Espinoza for alleged medical negligence. In 2008 the hospital settled a medical malpractice claim with Jasmine P. Castro for $4,500. The following year the hospital settled four medical malpractice cases: $300,000 to Johnny and Lynette Newby; $208,602.40 to Annick Benavente; $16,000 to Betty J. Roberson; and $25,000 to Kevin James Naputi Baza.
In 2010, the hospital settled six matters, one of which was a breach of contract claim filed by G4S Security Services. The others were all medical malpractice claims. Laura Q. Topasna and Joseph Q. Topasna received a $300,000 settlement. Ramon Q. Castro received a $50,000 settlement. $225,000 was given to Roy B. Untalan and Jocelyn B. Untalan. $70,000 was paid to Ernest M. Borja and Christina M.B. Bautista for the death of Hiroko Borja. The settlement with Jeffrey and Charle Fain for an incident involving their son Logan is the latest settlement reached by GMH.
As we reported the couple's son contends their son's leg had to be amputated because of negligent acts by the orthopedic surgeon who performed surgery on Logan. The hospital agreed to pay $300,000 to the family.