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GMH's Urgent Care Center receives positive marks

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - As of last night GMH's new Urgent Care Center diverted 38 patients from the emergency room in the first two days of operation and according to hospital administrator Joseph Verga things are looking optimistic. "I'm getting very positive reviews from the ER staff that we are helping them out greatly especially with the second nurse in the triage and very positive comments from the patients no waits to go to urgent care," he explained.

Verga says as they move forward they will look at expanding the hours. Right now the plan is to utilize the space for other services during the day for example a surgical clinic then after midnight and on weekends the Urgent Care Center will be used to handle emergency room overflow and tele-holding.

And now that the Urgent Care Center is open GMH is seeking to establish a trauma center. Last night during the hospital board meeting Verga requested members approve two resolutions. "The first step was for the board to vote on these resolutions which we will need and Dr. Sholay will need to start the whole process so there are two resolutions in here relative to very simple the establishment of both a multi disciplinary performance improvement program for trauma and the establishment of a Level Two Trauma," he added.

His request was granted as the board formerly endorsed moving forward with the initiative. The trauma center will be the first for Guam.  

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