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Rebuilt Site

This site was originally published in early 2017 when we thought there was a need to bring some of the weaknesses of the LBJ Tropical Medical Center administration and healthcare provision.  Since then, there have been many changes.  Note that we said changes and not improvements.

Currently, we are rebuilding this site and decided to leave out some of our older criticisms.  We will be pleased to present your current views on the situation at LBJ.  Just use our handy contact form to give us your input.

Advocates for Change at LBJ Tropical Medical Center

Advocates for Change at LBJ Tropical Medical Center

A diverse group of medical professionals and citizens with extensive experience and personal ties in American Samoa are gravely concerned about the appalling state of healthcare delivery at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center. Within this group, dedicated to improving the...

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Congress Looking Into LBJ

Congress Looking Into LBJ

Our Congresswoman Aumua Amata is taking a strong stand on matters relating to LBJ Hospital.  She wants to know why we are not spending all the money the Federal Government is making available through the Medicaid program.  She also wants Congress to evaluate...

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Doctor shortage fears in American Samoa

Doctor shortage fears in American Samoa

This is Dr. Iotamo Saleapaga, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center. This article from Radio New Zealand point out a very serious problem but, unfortunately, the problem is much more severe than just the lack of a few medical staff.  Read full...

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Medical supplies shortage at American Samoa hospital

Medical supplies shortage at American Samoa hospital

This article from Radio New Zealand.  Read full story on RNZ Nurses at American Samoa's LBJ Hospital say the hospital's shortage of medical supplies is affecting the quality of patient care, with nurses forced to use bed sheets as dressings. Nurses say dressing...

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Loss of Many Qualified Staff

Loss of Many Qualified Staff

Well, hoping to spark some conversation and at the same time get some answers posted... As we know, in the past several years we have lost many valuable staff, some leaving by choice ( had enough, disgusted) and others via un-renewed contracts. ;The decision to not...

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CMS and our USMLE physicians

CMS and our USMLE physicians

I know a few years back we were cited for lack of US licensed physicians, and there was even a movement to no longer hire physicians non USLicensed, and to assist current physicians to get their US license.  Now, we have lost most of our USLicensed physicians and  I...

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I want to contribute to this effort!

I want to contribute to this effort!

Hello, everyone.  My name is Dr. Jim Marrone, and I am a U.S. Board-certified pediatrician originally from California who lived and worked in American Samoa and at LBJ for over 14 years, from 2001-2015.  From 2008 until late last year (when the Hospital Management and...

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Old Pictures

The pictures in this slideshow were taken in about 2012.  We assume there has been considerable improvement since then.  Please feel free to contact us if you would like to furnish updated pictures.

 

Newer Pictures

These pictures were taken in 2017.  They show a great deal of new construction.  We are not sure of what all this is.  Your input to help identify these pictures or to supply newer pictures will be appreciated.