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Senator Dennis Rodriguez was honored to present Legislative recognitions to the University of Guam Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates and the 2015 Senior Citizens' Month Centenarians.



The Nursing graduates were celebrated during their Pinning Ceremony at the Sheraton Laguna on the evening of May 19, 2015.  In attendance were all the Nursing graduates, their families, friends and their Nursing Professors.  Receiving the certificate on behalf of the class are Michelle Radovan, Class President and Resha Juanillo, President of the Student Nurses Association of Guam.




The 2015 Centenarians of Guam were recognized and honored during a celebration at the Government House today, May 20, 2015.

The Centenarians celebrated are:

 Mrs. Rita Calvo Artero, 102 years, awarded posthumously

 Mrs. Regina M. Reyes, 101 years

 Mrs. Josefina DMY Blas, 100 years

 Mrs. Maura R Robeniol, 102 years

 Mrs. Magaealena SN Bayani, 100 years


  Family of the Late Rita Calvo Artero, 2015 Centenarian Honoree, awarded posthumously.


Tamuning, Guam.  Legislative Health Committee Chairman, Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., at a Press Conference this morning announced the convening of a Special Legislative Task Force on the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority with two specific goals:  1) Build a brand new state-of-the-art hospital facility, which includes a specialty Heart Center, a modernized maternity ward, and other specialty services not offered on island, and 2) Develop a new business model that includes a public-private partnership.

Senator Rodriguez has set an aggressive initial timeframe of no more than 60 days for the Task Force to complete its work.  The task force is expected to issue a report that will include a comprehensive plan of action to achieve the goals.  A Vision Statement that focuses on the mission ahead will guide them.

“I have some of the finest experienced people on board to assist in making this a reality.  The ultimate objective is to elevate the delivery of health care services for all the people of Guam at our public hospital. This plan will also ensure the appropriate resources and tools are provided to the dedicated GMH employees who have always been shortchanged in supplies and equipment,” Rodriguez said.  “We will work hand-in-hand with our private sector partners, especially the Guam Regional Medical City to ensure services are not redundant.  Both hospitals, including our private providers of outpatient services should be able to coexist and this effort will create an environment to make it happen.  I will make certain any public/private proposal will take into consideration our legal mandates to provide care to all residents regardless of ability to pay, as well as the protection of our hardworking GMH personnel,” Rodriguez concluded.

Members of the Task Force who attended today’s announcement all expressed their desire to see long lasting improvements to GMH. “We all have a vested interest to improve our hospital.  This hospital has been the place we take our families to be cared for,” Task Force member Anthony P. Sgro indicated.

“I have two young children and another on the way, so I want to make sure we have the best hospital for our island.   When (Sen. Rodriguez) asked me to help with this initiative, it was very easy for me to say yes to help our hospital improve,” said Rich Huang, another Task Force member.

“The efforts of Senator Rodriquez with this task force is a step in the right direction in addressing service delivery issues of the Guam Memorial Hospital.  I am more than willing to help out in whatever way I can.  Healthcare is a basic human need and providing quality healthcare to our island is essential.  I look forward to many good things coming out of this commission,” said former Senator Lou Leon Guerrero.  Mrs. Leon Guerrero is a former senator in the Guam Legislature as well as former chairperson of the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority Board of Trustees.

In an effort to pave the way to fund the construction of a new GMH facility, Senator Rodriguez introduced Bill 80-33 relative to refunding the 2007 and 2009 General Obligations Bonds.  The savings from this refunding is anticipated to result in upwards of $45 million dollars, without the need to incur additional debt service obligations.

Should the Task Force plan require additional government contributions to fund the construction of a new facility, Senator Rodriguez is confident that experts from GEDA and BBMR will be able to provide several options to consider.  Senator Rodriguez indicated that the $45 million to be realized through Bill 80-33 will be “seed” financing and that a mixture of resources will need to be utilized.

BBMR Deputy Director Lester Carlson and GEDA Business Development and Public Finance Manager Tina Garcia both are members of the Legislative Task Force and are committed to provide the expertise needed.  “GEDA is ready to offer whatever financing assistance is needed to move this process along,” Tina Garcia from GEDA indicated.

Attached is a copy of the Vision Statement the Task Force will use to pursue its goals.  Although the initial time frame to complete a report is no more than 60 days from its first meeting, Senator Rodriguez indicated that he would like to see a brand new GMH facility within the next 4-5 years.

Task Force Members:

Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman, Committee on Health, 33rd Guam Legislature

Former Senator Lou Leon Guerrero, CEO, Bank of Guam

Mr. Anthony P. Sgro, President, Fitness Solutions

Mr. David John, President, ASC Trust

Mr. Chris Felix, President, Century 21

Mr. Rene Ramos, President, MedPharm Group

Mr. Ling-chi (Rich) Huang, President, American Chocolate Factory

Mrs. Jenny Cruz, President, GMHVA

GEDA:  Mr. John Rios, Administrator & Mrs. Christina Garcia, Business Development & Public Finance Manager

BBMR: Mr. Joey Calvo, Acting Director & Mr. Lester Carlson, Deputy Director

GMHA: Dr. Florencio (Larry) Lizama, Interim CEO & Mrs. Benita Manglona, CFO

For more information, please contact the Office of Senator Rodriguez at 649-8638 or 649-0511.

The Committee on Health, Economic Development, Homeland Security and Senior Citizens will be conducting a Public, Status and Confirmation Hearing  on Wednesday, April 8, 2015  at 9:00 A.M., 2:00 P.M. and 5:30 P.M. in the Legislature’s Public Hearing Room:


**9:00 A.M. Public and Confirmation Hearing:


-The Executive Appointment of Mr. David John to serve as a Member of the Guam Economic Development Authority Board of Trustees.


-The Executive Appointment of Mr. Edward J. Calvo to serve as a Member of the Guam Economic Development Authority Board of Trustees.

-Bill No. 26-33 (COR) - T.R. Muña Barnes

An act to add a new § 10315 to Chapter 10, of Title 5 of the Guam Code Annotated; Relative to the online and public disclosure of medical licenses issued by the Guam Board of Medical Examiners. 

-Bill No. 54-33 (COR) - J.V. Espaldon / D.G. Rodriguez, Jr. / B.J.F. Cruz

An act to amend § 4301(b) of 4 GCA, Relative to the Calculation of Government of Guam Group Health Insurance Plan Employee Contributions.  

**2:00 P.M. Status Hearing on the implementation of Public Law 31-73, the DPHSS Rules and Regulations relative to Child Care Facilities and Child Care Homes.  The Guam Early Learning Council will be invited to participate. 

**5:30 P.M. Public Hearing

-Bill No. 45-33 (COR) - D.G. Rodriguez, Jr.

An act to adopt the Rules and Regulations governing the issuance of health certificates, by amending Article 4 of Division 1, Title 26, Guam Administrative Rules and Regulations.

-Bill No. 53-33 (COR) - D.G. Rodriguez, Jr.

An act to adopt Rules and Regulations governing the sanitary operations and inspections of temporary workforce housing pursuant to §21102 of Chapter 21 and §26305 of Chapter 26A, Title 10 Guam Code Annotated. 

Written testimony should be addressed to Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr. and may be submitted via email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  faxed to 649-0520; or hand-delivery/mail to 155 Hesler Place, Hagåtña, Guam 96910. 

The hearings will be broadcast live on Docomo channel 117 and GTA channel 21. 

Individuals who may require special assistance or accommodations are asked to please contact my office at 649-8638/0511 no later than 48 hours prior to the scheduled hearing.

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Chairperson Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr. and the Legislative Committee on Health and Senior Citizens will be hosting a Town Hall presentation on Medicare by the Division of Senior Citizens of the Department of Public Health and Social Services.  The presentation will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 5:30 PM in the Guam Legislature Public Hearing Room.


“It is my intent to reach out to senior citizens who are Medicare eligible for both government of Guam and private sector retirees.  The presentation will also be of interest to active employees who are eligible,” Senator Rodriguez stated.  “Currently there are over 12,000 Medicare members on Guam.  And many more that are eligible who are not members.”


“This includes a surprisingly large number of government of Guam retirees and active employees who are eligible but do not take advantage of it for lack of information.   They choose to solely remain with the GovGuam health plan.  I am constantly approached by these retirees requesting for a more cost effective, affordable interaction between the two,” Rodriguez added.


The Division of Senior Citizens provided an excellent informational presentation on Thursday for the Government of Guam Group Health Insurance Negotiating Team on Medicare and how Medicare interacts with the GovGuam insurance plans.  “I believe this will be of interest to others as well, which is why we are going to conduct it,” stated Rodriguez.


Senator Rodriguez concluded, “I am sincerely grateful to the Division of Senior Citizens administrator Arthur San Agustin and to Joleen Almandres, the program expert on Medicare, for their active cooperation and support in conducting this presentation.”


Division of Senior Citizens representatives will be on hand to assist any eligible retiree to schedule to enroll or answer any questions.  Representatives from the Department of Administration Human Resource Benefits Program and the Government of Guam Retirement Fund have been invited to attend and facilitate the presentation.  The deadline for open enrolment into Medicare for 2015 is Tuesday, March 31, 2015.


The Town Hall Presentation on Medicare will be broadcast live on the legislative Channel 117 for Docomo Pacific subscribers and Channel 2 for GTA customers.


For more information, please contact the office of Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr.: 649-8338/0511