GMH fires back at Speaker Cruz; says it's not hiding problems

Guam Memorial says it's afraid of law suits if it makes problems threatening its accreditation public

GMH Administrator Peter John Camacho

In yet another instance of dueling press releases, Guam Memorial Hospital has crossed swords with Speaker B.J. Cruz who has insisted that GMH, which is demanding a 'dedicated funding source' to solve its decades long financial problems, level with the lawmakers on the 'problems' that the hospital says are threatening its accreditation.

This came up during a recent oversight hearing by the Committee on Health, Tourism, Military Affairs, and Senior Citizens. Chairperson Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr. asked for details on the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization's recent survey report that hospital officials have maintained publicly threatens GMH's accreditation.

GMH Administrator Peter John Camacho declined, citing advice by legal counsel that laying out specific problems would expose the hospital to lawsuits.