No shortage of CHC doctors


The Commonwealth Health Care Corp. does not consider itself to have a shortage of doctors as it is continuously recruiting physicians, according to CHCC spokesperson Zoe Travis.

In response to a Saipan Tribune’s inquiry, Travis said Friday that there isn’t simply a set number that they are hiring or that they are working to get up to.

“We are constantly assessing our needs based on the population, health concerns in the CNMI, and what specialties we can offer,” she said, citing their recent addition of an oncologist and oncology services.

She said this is the same with every hospital. “No one facility can have every single type of specialist.”

Travis pointed out that to say that there is a shortage of doctors implies a deficit in the services provided, which is not the case with CHCC.

She said they know, however, that they can continue to improve their services by recruiting more providers and introducing new specialties.

With respect to three doctors listed as new applicants and five doctors as renewal applicants with CHCC, Travis said information about CHCC board’s decision is not available to the public as of now because it was discussed during an executive session. CHCC will release updates as they become available.

She said all five doctors for renewal work as internal medicine providers on either Saipan or Tinian.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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