Health Committee Chair Rodriguez Disagrees With Governor’s Decision to Remove GMH Management

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Guam –  In reaction to the changes made at our only civilian hospital, Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman of the Committee on Health & Human Services, economic Development, Senior Citizens, and Election Reform releases the following statement:

“I respect the governor’s decision to invoke his Organic Act Authority to takeover the management of the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority.  Although I do not agree that changing the management of GMHA is the right direction, I shall continue my efforts to assist the new interim Board of Trustees and management team to ensure quality patient care continues.”

“I’ve heard the governor’s special address to our people regarding this issue, and I once again agree with his sentiments, but disagree that a sweeping and sudden overhaul of management is the right decision.”

“Upon taking office and assuming chairmanship of the Committee on Health and overseeing GMHA, I have been diligently working with Board acting Chair former Senator Lou Leon Guerrero, Hospital Administrator PeterJohn Camacho, and Chief Financial Officer Jane Flores.  The funding for the GMH has always been a critical aspect of the challenges facing the hospital.  Replacing the hospital Board and management will not instantly change this fact.   Notwithstanding the current situation at GMHA, the outgoing management team and Trustees must be congratulated for their work and remarkable accomplishment of achieving full accreditation by the Joint Commission.”

“On behalf of the people of Guam, I thank PeterJohn Camacho, Jane Flores, Joe Mesa and all outgoing Trustees for their service and hard work on behalf of our community.”