New Naval Hospital Guam Welcomes First Baby

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Capt. Jeff Plummer, U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam commanding officer, and USNH Guam Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Head Lt. Cmdr. Kelly Elmore present gifts to Capt. Andrew Howard, of 36th Maintenance Squadron, and his wife Elizabeth at the new hospital's Mother-Baby Unit April 22. The Howards’ youngest daughter Bethany, born 1:37 p.m. April 20, was the first baby delivered at the new facility. (U.S. Navy photo by Jesse Leon Guerrero/Released)
Capt. Jeff Plummer, U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam commanding officer, and USNH Guam Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Head Lt. Cmdr. Kelly Elmore present gifts to Capt. Andrew Howard, of 36th Maintenance Squadron, and his wife Elizabeth at the new hospital's Mother-Baby Unit April 22. The Howards’ youngest daughter Bethany, born 1:37 p.m. April 20, was the first baby delivered at the new facility. (U.S. Navy photo by Jesse Leon Guerrero/Released)

New Naval Hospital Guam Welcomes First Baby

by: Jesse Leon Guerrero, Commander, Joint Region Marianas | .
U.S. Navy | .
published: April 26, 2014

AGANA HEIGHTS, Guam — U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam staff congratulated two families on the birth of their children during the new facility’s second day of business April 22.

USNH Guam Commanding Officer Capt. Jeff Plummer and his team presented gifts to Gabriel Fairman Jr., the last baby born at the old facility April 19, and Bethany Howard, the first baby born at the new hospital April 20.

“I think it’s kind of a fitting way to celebrate rebirth and renewal to move into a new hospital and to experience the new baby,” he said. “We’re proud of that and it went off flawlessly.”

Plummer praised the hospital’s staff, contractors and those who helped keep health care services uninterrupted during the five-day transition from the former USNH Guam site. He emphasized that the new hospital brings great value to military families and veterans on Guam.

“The staff here was amazing,” said Bethany Howard’s father Capt. Andrew Howard, 36th Maintenance Squadron. “They took care of my wife and daughter. There’s a lot of new features here in the hospital, one being a lot of on-site amenities. It’s been an amazing experience.”

Hull Technician 2nd Class (SW/AW) Gabriel Fairman Sr., of USS Frank Cable (AS 40), and his wife Latoya stayed in the new hospital’s Mother-Baby Unit after their son was born and said future patients have a lot to look forward to not only because of the hospital’s improvements but also because of the knowledgeable staff.

“Through every step of the way they were very detailed in explaining to us the stages of labor, what she needed to do to get the baby to come out and not just to push but explaining what areas she was going to feel it,” he said. “When the doctor came in, he was so professional. It took no time at all.”

The new hospital officially opened for business April 21 and boasts 281,000 gross square feet with 42 beds, two cesarean section rooms and improved diagnostic and ancillary capabilities to include MRI and CT scanning suites.

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