A medical doctor sent us this video from Dr. Thomas Shieh. It depicts the October 2022 conditions of Guam Memorial Hospital’s maternity ward. This is where babies are born. This is where mothers heal after birth. This is where infants receive intensive care.
That maternity ward still has not been renovated, despite a decade-old authorization and funding to overhaul it.
Adelup staff and Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s cabinet received mammoth pay raises secretly. Businessmen closely connected to the governor received multimillion sole source contracts during the pandemic for completely unrelated products and services. Hundreds of millions of dollars are sitting in a bank the governor just happens to own…
…and GMH is falling apart. It can’t meet payroll. Mothers, doctors, and nurses have been waiting a decade for a new maternity ward that never came. Hospital management conceals its financial condition. And, yet, Ms. Leon Guerrero wanted the taxpayers to blow $10 million to lease Naval land in Fadian, Mangilao to build her billion-dollar medical campus pipe dream.
If you can’t care for the babies being born at GMH today, and the doctors and nurses who help that miracle to happen, why should the people trust you to build a new hospital (at least without strict babysitting from the Guam Legislature and the public auditor)?
Government has failed. Nothing is getting better. Privatize GMH.