by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Guam Memorial Hospital is focused on shying away from outsourced services such as costly traveling nurses, exorbitant clinical dieticians and significantly high priced ultrasound technicians. Interim Hospital Administrator Rey Vega says GMH officials are looking to recruit foreign temporary workers to bring significant cost savings.
"What we're paying now for the contracted nurses is $60 to $65 an hour," he explained. "The recruitment effort the hourly rate for the temporary workers would be $19.84 an hour. We intend to do a direct hire using the approved H1-b visa program."
Vega says the recruitment will not be limited to nurses that are needed specifically for the labor and delivery ward, emergency room and critical care units, but also for other allied health professionals such as ultrasound technicians.