OIA awards NMI $170K grant for hospital assessment


Seated from left, Commonwealth Health Corp. CEO Juan N. Babauta, Gov. Benigno R. Fitial, and OIA Director Nik Pula. Standing from left, CHC board member Roy T. Rios and board chair Joaquin S. Torres. (Office of the Governor)  Gov. Benigno R. Fitial received yesterday a $170,000 grant award for the CNMI for its Healthcare System Analysis project that seeks to provide a comprehensive assessment of the operations of the Commonwealth Health Center.

Office of Insular Affairs Director Nik Pula signed the award letter yesterday afternoon at the Office of the Governor. Also on hand to receive the good news were Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. CEO Juan N. Babauta, CHC board chair Joaquin S. Torres, and board member Roy T. Rios.

In his award letter, Pula stated, “These funds are for the CNMI to conduct an efficiency assessment of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. that will evaluate its existing business structure, identify its strengths and weaknesses, and develop a corrective action plan for implementation.”

Fitial expressed his heartfelt appreciation to Pula and Interior Assistant Secretary Anthony Babauta for reviewing and approving the CNMI’s grant proposal submitted on June 16, 2012.

“My administration is truly grateful for this grant award. Healthcare is a high priority and I believe that through the upcoming assessment, we will be able to open new doors toward more efficient healthcare services for our people,” said Fitial. “The assessment is just the first step. Once we get the complete analysis, we will have a solid implementation plan in place.”

With the approval of the grant proposal, the CNMI can now set a start date for the assessment to begin. The timeframe for the completion of this project is expected to be six weeks from the start date. (Office of the Governor)

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