$4M sought for Guam maternity ward renovations

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$4M sought for Guam maternity ward renovations

by: The Associated Press | .
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published: September 09, 2014

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - A Guam doctor is pushing to renovate his hospital's maternity ward for the first time in 25 years.

Dr. Thomas Shieh delivers babies at Guam Memorial Hospital. His efforts got lawmakers to introduce a bill that would allow the hospital to borrow up to $4 million to renovate its labor and delivery ward.

Shieh tells Pacific Daily News (http://ow.ly/BfA0g) the maternity ward isn't able to follow national standards. He says pregnant women should labor, deliver and recover in one room. But at the hospital, they are transferred about four to five times.

That's because there's one labor and delivery room, six labor rooms, three delivery rooms and three postpartum beds. The hospital delivers about 10 babies daily.

The bill is expected to be discussed at a public hearing Tuesday.

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