New pediatrician joins GMH staff
The Guam Memorial Hospital has hired a new pediatrician, who officially begins her duty today.
“I am thrilled to join the medical team at GMHA. I’m a long way from home but the warmth of this community, and the hospital especially, make the distance less and less noticeable,” Dr. Heidi Griffiths said. “As a pediatrician, I’m looking forward to serving Guam’s youngest residents.”
Griffiths, from The Buffalo, New York, has joined Dr. Jose Hernandez and Dr. Robert Leon Guerrero in the pediatrics department.
In addition to completing her pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Griffiths was most recently at Washington University, working at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital in the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Division as a clinical instructor.
Griffiths received her undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences at the University at Buffalo, where she also completed Medical School.
She moved to Guam with her dog, Goose, and is looking forward to hiking, snorkeling and exploring the Island’s beautiful culture.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Griffiths to our medical staff. As doctors, our number one priority is our patients’ well-being and I know Dr. Griffiths will ensure our Island’s youngest patients are taken care of,” said Dr. Annie Bordallo, GMH associate administrator for Medical Services.
In addition to the full-time pediatric staff, GMH also has a rotation of community doctors who support pediatric care at the hospital including Dr. Amanda del Rosario, Dr. Milliecor Fojas, Dr. Dennis AA. Sarmiento and Dr. Michael Um, who is also the Chair of the Joint Conference and Professional Affairs committee for the GMHA Board of Trustees.
“What a thrill to be adding incredible, capable talent to our pediatric team. Guam has a significant child and youth population and as our population continues to grow, we know that reliable, consistent healthcare from a young age will lead to healthier adults with a better quality of life,” Del Rosario said.