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McCreadie bill provides more healthcare to the south

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - While plans to build a new prison continue to be a priority for Senator Brant McCreadie, he's expanding his efforts now toward expanded healthcare particularly for residents in the south. "And we want to make sure that the southern villages are not inconvenienced with such a wide gap of travel for healthcare and I think this is something that finds a solution to that problem," he said.

That solution according to McCreadie lies in Bill 51 otherwise known as the Espitat Haya Act of 2015. "And basically it's using the Southern Regional Community Health Center in Inarajan and we want to get full access, we want to get full access, we want to make sure anything unused or underutilized is used, so we're getting GMH and Public Health together to kind of work out a plan and marry themselves."

The bill would require the Guam Memorial Hospital to establish a southern medical clinic to serve as a satellite medical care facility. "This is an already existing piece of infrastructure, it's very new, very beautiful and we want to make sure we get the most effective and efficient use out of it - the people down there have been doing a fantastic job, and we just want to make sure we can utilize, everything work together on this and just feel the needs of the medical constituents it he south," he said.

During its first year of operations, urgent healthcare services will be available seven days a week along with basic laboratory, pharmacy and pharmaceutical services. During its second year, hemodialysis treatment on an outpatient basis with a minimum of two bed stations will be provided. McCreadie says he's spoken with some of the southern mayors along with Inarajan Municipal Planning Council and the feedback was positive.

Public Health and GMH however have yet to see the bill, saying, "I'm interested and excited to hear what they have to say - this is something that needs to be done the hospital or urgent care or medical facility in the south is not going to build itself, we're going to have to take the lead and build something out there.

As for the funding? The bill would authorize up to 30 percent of the funds in the GMH Healthcare Trust and Development Fund to pay for the establishment and operation. And while he's seen the challenges with trying to build a new prison, McCreadie hopes this piece of legislation at least begins the dialogue with all stakeholders. 
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