HAGATNA, Guam , Jan. 14 - The office of the Governor of Guam issued the following news release: "GMH is Guam's only public civilian hospital. All Guamanians go to this hospital for their healthcare needs. We cannot interrupt the critical services they provide: healing and treating our sick. We must make healthcare a priority and give GMH the financial help it needs to help our most vulnerable." - Governor Eddie Baza Calvo Governor signs bill needed for GMH loan into law After calling a special session yesterday, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo has signed a new law that prevents the Guam Memorial Hospital from losing critical medicine and access to patients' medical records. Both the hospital's management and health chairman Senator Dennis Rodriguez previously asked the legislature to hold a special session on this matter. These calls were not approved, so Governor Calvo used his Organic Act authority to hold the legislative session. The lending institution set to finance a critical loan for the hospital, the Bank of Guam said this legislation is needed in order for them to issue the loan. Medicare payments may be garnished, computers may go down Signing this bill into law averts two major problems GMH was facing. GMH will use this loan to pay its vendors. If they are not paid by the end of the month, the federal government will garnish GMH's Medicare payments to cover GMH's debt. The loan also is needed to pay GMH's software vendor, NTT Data . If we don't pay this vendor, NTT Data will stop supporting the software preventing nurses and doctors from accessing patient medical history and treatment information. Inability to access this critical information will further delay access to life-saving medicine and services. Unfortunately, one senator: Michael San Nicolas (D-Talofofo) voted against the bill. CC AutoTriage9as-140115-30Furigayjane-4601183 30FurigayJane
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