A new committee that will not only assess but also monitor all requests for new medical equipment was recently formed for the Commonwealth Health Center.
Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. CEO Juan N. Babauta created the Medical Equipment Committee and appointed Warren Villagomez as the panel's chairman effective immediately. Villagomez is also the hospital's emergency preparedness program director.
In his memorandum to hospital employees, Babauta stated that Villagomez will assume “the responsibilities for accountability, inventory, procurement, contracts, and preventive maintenance of all medical equipment for the public hospital.”
The CEO also named four individuals who will provide support to the committee: Tom Palacios, medical supply officer Nicolas Nekai, nursing director Leticia Reyes, and finance officer Lucia Salas.
According to Babauta, the committee will develop a tracking and monitoring system for all equipment purchases, repairs, and preventive maintenance.
Villagomez told Saipan Tribune yesterday that also part of the panel's tasks is to evaluate all equipment purchase requests before a recommendation is endorsed to the CEO.
This way, Villagomez said, urgent medical equipment needs will be given higher priority.
He said the committee was created primarily for “effective and efficient response to the day-to-day needs of the hospital.”
At present, the committee is collaborating with a vendor for the purchase of a new CT scan.