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Lillian Posadas will focus on accreditation, retention at GMH

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Sharing similar credentials with the island's new governor is a nurse who is taking the helm at the Guam Memorial Hospital. One of her top priorities is securing Joint Commission Accreditation--again.

A nurse by trade, Lillian Perez Posadas was appointed by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero to lead Guam's only public hospital. She is eager to start her first day as administrator for the GMH.

"It is a big role it is a big responsibility but the goals that the governor has set forth on their platform they're achievable," she said.

Before returning to the hospital, Posadas worked for United Airlines managing their worker's compensation and medical programs.

And before she left GMH, she as hospital nursing services administrator, and associate administrator of clinical services.

She spoke on what's at the top of her agenda.

"First of all is Joint Accreditation Commission and to sustain that accreditation for the four years I am there, and one of the biggest issues is funding," Posadas said.

GMH lost accreditation in July with former CEO Peter John Camacho asserting the need for a $30 million dedicated funding source.

Until December, Posadas was a part of the board.

"One of the biggest ones was the governance," she explained. "You know, the board of trustees, we were not meeting regularly. You know, for some reason we just didn't have the quorum, and so in our role and I was a former board member that was one of our failures. But we're going to make sure the board is meeting regularly and consistently according to our laws."

Other problems involve recruiting and retaining nurses, and ensuring staff timely document patient records, in addition to securing federal funds from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

"We serve everybody regardless of their status to reimburse the hospital for the service we provide," she said. "That's not at all any of their fault, but we will provide that service we just need to find alternate options to get the hospital reimbursed so it can continue its financial viability."

Confident that the new administration will prioritize Guam's only public hospital, Posadas ensured the community, of her mission.

"We are here to do what's right and best for the people of Guam," she said.

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