According to a release from Adelup the acting governor has tapped former Lt. Governor Dr. Mike Cruz and former GMH Medical director Dr. Larry Lizama as Joint Chief Health Policy advisors.
Both doctors have decades of experience in healthcare and both have served as the medical director for the Guam Memorial Hospital. Dr. Cruz is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Guam Regional Medical City. Dr. Lizama is currently the Physician Director of DOC Clinic Services, the GMH Director of Outpatient Services and Professional Development as well as GMH’s Chief of Internal Medicine Services.
The administration says both understand the inner workings and challenges of both the public and private hospital. Tenorio is quoted as saying “It is in the interest of our community that the two hospitals work collaboratively to provide Guamanian families the best healthcare in the region.”
The Governor’s office says neither GMH nor GRMC has the number of beds needed to meet Guam’s needs. The new Chief Health Policy Advisors or health czars will be working with Adelup and the legislature on “solutions that modernize and bring financial stability to GMH.” According to the release the Governor wants the duo to “look first at bills 141 and 142.” These two pieces of companion legislation would allow GMH to borrow up to $125 million on the bond market while raising the business privilege tax also known as the gross receipts tax from 4% to 4.75%.