by Mindy Aguon
Guam - One of the pressing issues that will be presented to the new board of trustees for the Guam Memorial Hospital when they meet this Thursday is the management's efforts to close the hemodialysis unit. GMH Chief Financial Officer Siva Karuppan says the unit has caused the hospital to lose more than a million dollars in revenue each year.
While management has made the decision to shut down the unit, they now need to the board's blessing. Karuppan says upon closure, the space could be used for revenue generating services, saying, "We could put an MRI in that location and start producing revenue because most of the patients who need an MRI who are inpatients do not get an MRI because we don't have an MRI machine at the hospital. So they have to be discharged and have to be transferred to a private facility for MRI services and so forth and so on."
Karuppan says the transition of patients to other hemodialysis services elsewhere in the community could be completed in six weeks to two months, if the board gives the go-ahead. GMH management meanwhile has also requested an extension to develop a realistic budget for the coming fiscal year.
The budget should have been submitted last month but officials are hoping to turn it in at the end of the month.