By Lori Lyn Lirio
COMMONWEALTH Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muña has recently announced the procurement of a US$1.8 million worth state-of-the-art medical equipment for the CHCC run medical facilities.
According to Muña, the medical equipment were earlier presented to Saipan Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Representatives Janet Maratita, Vinnie Sablan and Larry Deleon Guerrero right at the CHCC conference room.
Muña said the medical equipment – four infant Giraffe warmers with monitoring system, patient monitoring system and cardiac monitor, including its software and training – cost US $1.8 million. She also said the fund came from the appropriations they received this year.
Earlier, Torres said the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Island will procure a US$4 million of medical equipment for the hospital.
“We got the list earlier this year and I can see that they purchased some in the list. We will cross that out and will start making order for other medical equipment that the hospital needs.”
The governor thanked Muña for making an effort to make the hospital facility up-to-date.
“They have some state-of-the-art equipment. It just shows that we are prioritizing what we need.”
Muña said the upgrading and replacement of medical equipment will allow CHCC to meet the standards of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
In the CHCC medical equipment expenditure plan for 2018, it stated that the hospital needed new 22 medical equipment. She said they need to replace their current equipment as some of them are obsolete, broken or old. They have equipment that are 15 to 20 years old.
“This is a 1986 building [referring to the hospital]. Some of these equipment actually came with the building. Some of them have been upgraded in the past,” she said.
The CEO said the upgrade were necessary to improve the patient care.
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