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Marianas Medical to open Garapan branch on Dec. 6

Marianas Medical Center staff Shirley Wanket and Rachel Bastareche at their new branch in Garapan. Inset, the facade of the Marianas Medical Center located along Beach Road adjacent to the Garapan Fishing Base. (Clarissa V. David) Marianas Medical Center, the renowned health facility that offers quality medical and health care services on Saipan, will reach new heights on Dec. 6 when it opens a new branch along Beach Road in downtown Garapan.

The newly added medical center located in the JKR Building adjacent to the Garapan Fishing Base guarantees the same commitment in providing excellent medical services at reasonable rates for which Marianas Medical is known.

Operations manager Thelma Cabrera said in an interview that they wanted to put up a branch in the central part of Saipan to bring Marianas Medical Center closer to businesses on this side of the island. “Garapan is a prime location,” she added.

Cabrera told Saipan Tribune that the Garapan branch was a three-year project that required the services of Construction Management Associates.

“The building was already constructed but we had to revamp a lot of things, from electrical to plumbing. Everything had to be redone before we could finally occupy the building,” said Cabrera, adding that they are the first tenant for the Yumul family-owned building.

Cabrera said Marianas Medical Center owner Dr. Anthony Stearns opened the doors of the initial branch in San Antonio back in 1998.

Stearns, who moved to Saipan in 1984 and initially worked with the U.S. Public Health Service/National Health Service Corps, became a part of the Dr. Torres Hospital and the Commonwealth Health Center before practicing full time at Marianas Medical Center.

Cabrera said the Marianas Medical Center’s first branch south of the Department of Labor was situated on the island’s industrial area during the era of garment factories.

“The San Antonio location initially provided medical services for contract workers’ physical examination and food handler certifications so we catered to garment and other non-resident workers,” she said.

Since then, Cabrera said Marianas Medical Center has evolved significantly, expanding its services to include a wider range of medical care and facilities.

Besides physical examination and food handler certification, Marianas Medical Center now provides full extent of family practice medical needs, including pre-natal and newborn care, adolescent and adult medical care as well as immunizations.

Marianas Medical Center also has ultrasound and x-ray equipment and provides urgent care for minor emergencies, scuba diving and sports physical, urine drug screening, merchant marine license examinations, and FAA medical examination.

Cabrera said majority of their 25-member staff will work at the new Garapan branch under the auspices of its main physician, Dr. Stearns.

The Marianas Medical Center branch in Garapan will have its grand opening tomorrow, Dec. 3, from 11 am to 1pm. Dr. Stearns and wife Janet McCullough will lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a Community Open House and lunch.

Marianas Medical Center in Garapan will officially open on Monday, Dec. 6. Clinic hours are from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday. The office will be closed on Sundays and holidays.

For appointment or more information, call 234-3925 to 27.

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