Guam - As the Guam Memorial Hospital's Board of Trustees meets this evening to discuss an array of issues including hiring a new hospital administrator and cutting-costs (which could include cutting hours), Healthcare Committee chairman Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. is announcing he plans to hold an oversight with GMH next month. The freshman senator responds to the new recent news that the Joint Commission has changed GMH's full accreditation status to accreditation with follow-up survey.
The Joint Commission cited GMH for recurring trends and patterns as far as the practice in medication management, provision and care treatment and services. As a result of the change in status, GMH must successfully address the identified problem areas in an evidence of standards compliance submission.
He told KUAM News, "If you look at some of the citations that GMH was written-up on, these are things are going to require changes and practices, and I think management has to do a better job in ensuring now that whether it be nurses or physicians or hospital staff that they make sure that everyday and Rey [Vega, hospital administrator] has said it, is treated as a day that you think Joint Commission is coming."
The Joint Commission is expected to conduct a follow up survey within 60 days. Meanwhile, Senator Rodriguez is looking to hold an oversight with GMH on January 16.