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Governor impanels hospital board

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - Late Friday afternoon the Governor's Office issued a press release stating one of the reasons Eddie Calvo's schedule was so busy and that he was not able to attend the march to Fena Lake with senators and Guam's congressional delegate was because he was dealing with problems with patient care at the Guam Memorial Hospital.

GMH is conducting investigations into two recent deaths that according to Adelup have led to the uncovering of information suggesting gaps in the credentials process at the island's only public hospital.  The governor invoked his Organic Act authority and a meeting was held with the new board this afternoon. 

The GMH board members are the only ones that can grant, restrict, suspend or terminate hospital privileges. Medical Director Dr. Larry Lizama has also proposed solutions to improve patient care and allay the public's concerns but those too must be approved by the board.

Lizama stated, "GMH management will not tolerate anything short of excellence in the provision of medical care to patients and they are running a first-rate hospital operation that holds everyone to the highest of standards."

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