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The board of the V.I. Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation met virtually Wednesday evening and approved several expenditures for the territory’s two hospitals as well as applications for medical staff.
The V.I. Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation Board created a committee to oversee construction or repair of the five medical facilities throughout the territory, but did so in private, using most of its meeting on Monday debating and deciding on the committee in executive session.
The proposed budget for the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center will actually start with the hospital in a $21.1 million hole, because of uncompensated care provided to Virgin Islanders and other budget shortcomings.
The Senate Finance Committee heard budget requests from Frederiksted Health Care, Inc. and the V.I. Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs.
With the deadline for bidding on the rebuilding of the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital less than a month away, board members were eager to get started sorting through the applications to find a perfect fit.
Rebuilding the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital is slowly moving forward with multiple proposals from contractors and a walkthrough scheduled, but board members learned of issues that could delay overall construction.
After approving more than a dozen health care workers to staff the territory’s two hospitals, the board of the V.I. Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation discussed the importance of synchronizing policies and procedures as soon as possible.
For almost two months, the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital has been training, stocking, hiring and retrofitting to handle a possible surge in patients suffering from the novel coronavirus.
Before they got down to business, members of the Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation – the territorial hospital board, attempted to change the agenda and vote for a new chairperson Thursday.