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New Navy hospital opening on Guam

Crews work on the new U.S. Naval Hospital Guam facility under construction on Aug. 15, 2013.

The medical staff on Guam is moving into a new 48-bed, $158 million Navy hospital.

The project, built on land next to the older facility that it will replace, is nearly complete. U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam staff members are due to move in by April 20, according to a Navy statement.

“Transition activities and training for our staff is well underway as we prepare for the new hospital,” the hospital’s commander, Capt. Jeff Plummer, said in the statement.

The Navy started talking about the project 16 years ago, but ground wasn’t broken until January 2011, the statement said.

Naval Facilities Marianas commander Capt. Glenn Shephard said the 281,000-square-foot facility will increase efficiency and deliver advances in health care.

It includes four operating rooms, two caesarian-section rooms and improved diagnostic and ancillary capabilities such as MRI and CT scanning suites, officials said.

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