GMH hits ICU capacity, suspends elective surgeries

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

The Guam Memorial Hospital's intensive care unit is reaching absolute capacity, prompting the hospital administration to suspend all elective surgeries.

Of the 14 patients in ICU, nine are Covid-19 cases, said Mai Habib, communications director at GMH.

Habib said GMH currently has a total of 175 hospital admissions, of which 45 are Covid patients.

GMH's main facility in Tamuning has 161 beds. Some of the patients will be confined at the 40-bed Skilled Nursing Unit in Barrigada Heights.

"During this Covid-surge, GMH’s teams have worked hard to ensure the highest quality care for all patients, despite bed and staffing shortages," GMH said in a press release. "Initially in August, the hospital suspended outpatient services to accommodate the influx of patients."

GMH said all elective surgeries at GMH will be suspended starting Tuesday, Sept. 21 and until further notice.

"While the hope was to continue elective surgeries during this virus