Opening Of Guam Private Hospital Delayed

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Regional Medical City still awaiting final permits

By Manuel L Cruz III

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, June 25, 2015) – Guam Regional Medical City still needs an occupancy permit before it can start serving patients.

The private hospital, now on its last stretch of construction and clearances, was expected to open its first three floors yesterday, but required documents are still under review at the Department of Public Works.

Hospital CEO Margaret Bengzon issued this statement:

"GRMC looks forward to announcing the start of patient services soon. We are still working with our regulatory partners on final clearances, which we expect this week."

According to DPW Building Inspection and Permits Administrator Joe Guevara, the government agency is reviewing GRMC's as-built drawings, which show changes in the proposed construction and the actual construction of the building.

"This is a normal part of any large-scale construction project," Guevara said. "We're doing what we can on our end to assist them. This is a team effort."

GRMC officials did not provide a new anticipated opening date.

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