I would like to highly publicly commend the doctors, nurses and staff at the Guam Memorial Hospital. Over the 30 years that I have lived on Guam, I have had three good friends whose lives were saved by the medical staff at GMH.

Most recently, my dear friend Joelle Wainer was directed by TakeCare urgent care to proceed directly to the emergency room at GMH. Due to the shortage of beds at the hospital, she had to spend two nights in a bed in the over-crowded emergency room. Even under these conditions, her care by hospital staff was first class. The doctors were spot-on with their diagnosis and the nursing staff was exceptional.

Once a bed became available, she was moved to the Medical Surgical Unit where she continued to receive excellent care. I was among her friends and family who visited during her week-long “spa-cation” at GMH. I was able to speak with her doctor on several occasions and was impressed by his skill and willingness to explain her condition to all of us present.

The nurses, most of them graduates from the University of Guam School of Nursing, were capable, caring, kind, always helpful, even though they work 12-hour shifts and sometimes endure verbal abuse from some patients.

The ability of hospital employees to work under the deteriorating conditions of GMH and deliver excellent care and services is to be applauded. I am very grateful that the exemplary staff of GMH saved my friend’s life.

It is my fervent hope that the difficult conditions at the hospital will be taken seriously by our government leaders. Perhaps instead of Liberation Day festivities next year, the $1 million spent on these festivities could be dedicated to the repair and maintenance of Guam Memorial Hospital. Our friends and families and the hospital employees deserve a healing environment in which to recover from illness and work.


Olympia Terral co-wrote this letter with her longtime friend Joelle Wainer

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