- By Pacific island Times News Staff
GRMC now under local leadership
The Guam Regional Medical City is making a change to full local leadership after three years under the joint leadership of parent company The Medical City and local healthcare professionals.
Dr. Michael Cruz, GRMC president and COO, assumes the role of CEO effective immediately. “This has been the plan from the beginning, for local healthcare professionals to assume the leadership roles at GRMC,” said Cruz, a former senator and lieutenant governor. “I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished so far and would like to thank Margaret Bengzon for the outstanding contributions, commitment and guidance provided GRMC over the last four years while she was CEO. Margaret played a huge role in the design, development, building, and in opening the doors of GRMC and ensuring its daily operations have been successful. We are very grateful to her.”
GRMC’s local leadership also includes Dr. Felix T. Cabrera as Chief Medical Officer and former senator Francis Santos, who is a consultant and member of GRMC’s Board of Directors. The board also welcome a new chairman, Jose Xavier B. Gonzales, who also serves as chairman of TMC’s Board.
“GRMC has surpassed expectations since opening in July 2015,” Gonzales said. “Moving forward, I am excited to work with Dr. Cruz and the team that we’ve built here. With support from the board, GRMC will continue providing the people of Guam with excellent medical care.”
Since officially opening for patients in 2015, GRMC has realized major accomplishments like The Joint Commission accreditation and recent re-accreditation, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) certification, and College of American Pathologists accreditation for our laboratory.
GRMC has expanded its medical services from general surgery, critical care, general internal medicine, radiology, neurology, and hyperbaric wound care by adding cardiology, oncology, infusion services, advanced pulmonology care, orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, podiatry, infectious disease control and more, including full-scale emergency and urgent care departments.
“I would like to thank our parent group and the investors for taking a risk on Guam, in the building of GRMC. Your confidence in our island has been a positive investment opportunity and has had long-term healthcare benefits for our people,” said board member Francis Santos. “I appreciate your confidence in our local healthcare professionals. I am proud to be part of this team.”