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GMH maternity ward contract awaits signature

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - Efforts to improve the Maternity Ward along with the Labor and Delivery and Baby Unit at the Guam Memorial Hospital are moving forward. The facilities have not been renovated in over 20 years but according to OB/GYN Dr. Thomas Shieh that is about to change as the contract for the renovations is awaiting signature from Governor Eddie Calvo.

"The contract was forwarded to the Governor's Office and its just awaiting his signature and once he signs off on it then we start the designing process but it is a little frustrating because it is taking a while but I am told by Frank Arriola that it is on his desk today and he is expecting the governor to sign off on it," he said.

The Governor's Office tells KUAM that they have received the contract and it is under legal review. According to Dr. Shieh the cost for the renovations will be about $7 million and will include three to four labor, delivery and recovery postpartum rooms allowing mothers to stay in one room during the entire birthing and recovery process.

It was in October last year the governor signed legislation into law providing the mechanism for GMH to proceed with the renovations.

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