|Guam Local Program Council|
|Chuck Tanner, FACHE, President-Elect, Guam Local Program Council|
The Guam Local Program Council of the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives is planning another networking lunch at the Fiesta Resort World Café in Tumon Bay. It is penciled for Friday, Sept 27, 2013 and will feature Mr. James Gillan, Director for the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services.
This summer was extremely busy with many members off island, which caused some difficulty in scheduling our normal networking event. Now that the summer fades and people return we are happy to “reboot” and continue with these events.
I would like to highlight some of those “busy” moments this summer in healthcare on Guam!
First, Congratulations to Mr. Verga and the team at Guam Memorial Hospital on the successful re-accreditation with the Joint Commission! We all know the challenges surrounding the accreditation process and we admire the hard work you and the GMH team made to accomplish this!
Congratulations also go out to Ms. Margaret Bengzon and the team at Guam Regional Medical City on the recent “topping off” ceremony for the construction of our new hospital on Guam. This was a major milestone on bringing additional healthcare resources to the people of Guam.
Finally and definitely not last, our third hospital construction continues on the new Guam Naval Hospital! Our president, LCDR Daren Verhulst, is busy busy pulling this major project together and we look forward to the grand opening in 2014!
So, as you can see, our hospitals on Guam are continuously improving and moving forward to better serve our island and that is a great thing! Beyond the hospitals, we also have some events coming in the near future. Here is a peek at some of the major events coming in the next couple of months.
The Healthy People Healthy Island Conference is scheduled for September 13, 2013. This event is part of the Non-Communicable Disease Consortium and the Department of Public Health and Social Services. Keep an eye open for details on this major island event!
The Guam Medical Association is hosting the “Healthcare Innovations Conference” from October 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency Resort. Flyers are out and registration is available through the GMA.
The Guam Medical Society is hosting the 6th Micronesian Medical Symposium from September 13 to 15 at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort. Registration is available through the Guam Medical Society.
Keeping with our collaborative and educational mission we are happy to share items of interest in healthcare. If members have an event they would like to share, you may send me the information and I will pass it on! Until next time!
Si Yuus Maase