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Coral Andrews, FACHE
Jen Chahanovich, FACHE
CHAIR, Guam Local Program Council
Lance Segawa, FACHE
Bobbie Ornellas, FACHE
Joanne Reid, FACHE
Steve Robertson, FACHE
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Stan Berry, FACHE
ACHE Fellow at the Forefront of Historic Change in Guam
By LT Vince Deguzman, BCPS, CGP, MBA, Naval Hospital Guam
For more than a century, Navy Medicine has maintained a strong impact in the island of Guam. From the arrival of the first Medical Officer of the USS Yosemite in 1899 to the construction of the current Naval Hospital after World War II, Navy Medicine has delivered quality healthcare to military beneficiaries in the region and the community. In late 2013, the proud tradition of quality service and positive relations with the local population of Guam will continue in a new state-of-the-art facility that will replace the current hospital.
The new Naval Hospital Guam will be built at a cost of $158 million and will replace the current facility built in 1954. The 282,000-square-foot facility replacement hospital will have 42 inpatient beds beautifully situated on the cliffs overlooking Agana and the Philippine Sea. The project includes a six-bed intensive care unit and the added capability of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Designed to be eco-friendly, the building will achieve the requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification when completed.
At the forefront of the military construction is Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Daren Verhulst, FACHE, who is a healthcare administrator by trade. As the Senior Health Facility Planner for the Military Construction Project in Naval Hospital Guam, he was directly involved in the pre-planning process and building design. He serves as Navy Medicine’s on-site customer representative during construction of the new facility, and is responsible for the initial outfitting and transition activities for the new facility. “My job is to help deliver a modern replacement hospital that will meet the medical facility needs of our patient population today and in the future, and allow Navy Medicine to continue to provide the full spectrum of patient and family centered medical and surgical care to our beneficiaries,” stated LCDR Verhulst. He has been in the Navy for 22 years and has been an ACHE Fellow for four years.
|7 June Advancement Seminar
11 July ACHE Breakfast and HAH meeting