Navy expands health care service for military personnel on Guam
Branch Health Clinic Apra Harbor to open March 22
By Mar-Vic Cagurangan
The Navy is set to open the new Branch Health Clinic Apra Harbor on Naval Base Guam next week, expanding its health care systems for service members in preparation for the anticipated increase in military population resulting from the Marines’ relocation.
According to the Navy Medicine Readiness & Training Command Guam, the clinic will offer expanded primary care services, dental, medical readiness, physical therapy, optometry, hearing conservation, radiology, pharmacy and laboratory services.
The one-stop clinic will cater to active-duty and retired service members and their families.
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific awarded the $56.7-million project to Caddell-Nan, a joint venture based in Montgomery, Ala., in 2018.
NAVFAC said the project, which supports the Defense Policy Review Initiative, was funded by Japan as part of its agreement with the United States.
Branch Health Clinic Apra Harbor was completed in December last year and will open on March 22. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on April 25.
The Department of Defense will relocate 5,000 Marines and 1,300 dependents from Okinawa to Guam beginning in 2025.
Another medical facility is scheduled for completion in May on Marine Corps Base Guam Camp Blaz in Dededo.
The $45-million project, which has been awarded to Core Tech-HDCC-Kajima LLC, will include a pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology, laboratory, logistics, optometry, occupational health and dental departments.
“This state-of-the-art medical and dental facility will be operational in time to support the Force Flow of Marines from Okinawa to Guam,” Will Boudra, NAVFAC Pacific Guam program management office director, said in an announcement on May 11, 2021.