by Mindy Aguon
Guam - They may not have come to an agreement to the new administrator for Guam's only public hospital, but the Guam Memorial Hospital is still moving forward with cost-cutting measures and the possibility of implementing a 32-hour workweek. GMH chief financial officer Siva Karuppan says a plan has been submitted to the board where they will then review and provide direction to management.
The report suggests cost-cutting measures from changing telephone lines, water meters, transportation costs and how to manage inventory better. Karuppan told KUAM News, "I think it's one area we can experiment and see how it works out - perhaps not completely at once across the board, a 32-hour workweek, it depends on what department it is but I think it's a step in the right direction."
He says the plan would only apply to administrative staff not for nurses or technical staff who are directly involved with patient care. He adds the usual annual 3% salary increase for staff has been frozen. The total plan is set to save the hospital close to $4,000,000.
The next GMH Board of Trustees meeting is set for Wednesday, December 14.