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GMH Struggles To Make Payroll, Again

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Leaders at the Guam Memorial Hospital need about $2.9 million to pay its employees today. 

The problem comes as the government is already faced having to make drastic cuts across the board, as a result of GovGuam’s current financial crisis. 

GMH administrator Peter John Camacho says the hospital has been dealing with the issue of trying to make payroll for some time. 

He says they are working with the Department of Administration and the insurance providers to get the cash. 

The issue was brought up during Thursday night's GMH board meeting where they also discussed making proposed cuts of their own. 

The board voted in favor of having Camacho and Chief Financial Officer, Benita Manglona, begin the process on several cost cutting measures. It includes terminating the medical services at the Department of Corrections. 
“If there's an emergency they can send them here,” Manglona said. “We'll take care of them.”

But, that idea Camacho admits could risk last year’s lifting of the federal consent decree at the prison. 

Other options to save money include merging urgent care with ER, raising hospital rates, and moving the skilled nursing unit in Barrigada Heights to the main facility. “With SNU we are not really compliant with CMS because it’s supposed to be within 250 yards of the campus,” Manglona said. “We haven't been cited but we've been told already it’s not meeting...that's going to save a lot of money because they'll be here.”

Meantime, GMH remains in a preliminary denial phase for its accreditation after a recent report showed the hospital was cited in many instances for a lack of follow-up. They have since submitted a corrective action plan to the Joint Accreditation Commission for the appeal process, and are awaiting a response. Officials, however, confirm the hospital maintains its accreditation.

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