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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

SENATOR RELEASES GMH TASK FORCE REPORT: 
10-Point Plan Outlined For Long-Term Sustainability of Public Hospital and Overall Improvement of Health Care on Guam.


Tamuning, Guam.  Today Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr. released the work of the GMH Task Force that started in April 2015. The results of their efforts represent a shift in thinking from previous groups and provide a 10-point plan to chart a new direction for Guam Memorial Hospital.  This plan provides specific legislative and other actions that will begin a process for the long term resolution of the problems faced by GMH for many years. 

Initially tasked to complete the effort in 60 days, the Senator realized more time would be needed. As the team started their work they found they would need help going through the vast amount of information available and thus engaged Dr. Roseann Jones from the University of Guam to assist in their undertakings. The next reality was coming to understand that to truly “fix” GMH, they would need to look at the healthcare system.  A review of the history of GMH showed many efforts since the inception of the hospital.  "I view the efforts of the past to deal with the decades old challenges of GMH to that of Sisyphus, wherein previous attempts to make progress by pushing the rock up the hill, only to see it roll back down and having to start again."  Senator Rodriguez said, referring to the Ancient Greek myth of Sisyphus."By reviewing previous efforts, I've found that those efforts only focused on the hospital therefore limiting the results produced. We ought to take a holistic approach that addresses the system of care to this situation. Part of the 10-point plan lays the path to transition government operation of our public hospital into a public private partnership that will provide quality hospital services which are accessible to all the people of Guam." Rodriguez concluded.

As the healthcare sector on Guam grows; with the addition of a new hospital, the challenges of the Affordable Care Act implementation and the ever increasing cost and complexity of providing healthcare, it is imperative that we gain an understanding of how each of these factors work together. The hospital is but one piece of a system. Each piece impacts the other.  It is therefore prudent to address the system In order to have greater, long term impact and to put in place the tools needed to move to this system thinking.  

 
The entire report is available to the public at http://toduguam.com/special/docs/gmh2016.pdf. The 10-point plan can be found in the reports executive summary.

The community is encouraged to read the report and to provide comments.  For further information, please contact Mr. Chuck Tanner, Chief of Staff, Office of Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr. at 649-8638 or emai This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

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