| 41|| Filipino-American Presidents Club celebrates 33 years |
One of the oldest Filipino organizations on island recently celebrated a major milestone. The Filipino-American Presidents Club of Guam celebrated its 33rd anniversary and induction of officers and board of governors on Feb. 27 at the La Cascata function room in the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort.
| 42|| GMH Public-Private Partnership Bill Passes |
Senators went into session on Saturday to vote on a number of confirmations and bills including Senator Dennis Rodriguez Jr.'s bill which tasks GEDA with putting out an RFI to look at the potential for creating some form of privatization of the island's only public hospital.
| 43|| GMH public-private partnership information bill passed |
Bill 277-33, introduced by Sen. Dennis Rodriguez Jr., D-Dededo, would allow the Guam Economic Development Authority to begin a Request for Information so prospective contractors could provide information on how to transition the operation of the Guam Memorial Hospital to a public-private partnership.
| 44|| Senators Continue to Express Concern Over Possible Public/Private Partnership for GMH |
Senator Dennis Rodriguez Jr. maintains that the request for information is just a request for information and Gov Guam will not be obligated to move forward with the public/private partnership.
| 45|| Rodriguez: GMH won't be fully privatized |
his is why the efforts I have engaged in, and the proposed solutions I have brought forward with the GMH Task Force’s 10-point plan, addresses a “system of care” approach that requires simultaneous efforts that will collectively result in a better hospital, but most especially a better health care system in Guam. This plan is available to all and is found on my website at www.toduguam.com. I encourage everyone to review this and continue to provide me your thoughts.
| 46|| Could bailout be the solution for GMH's chronic financial concerns? |
Committee on Health chairman Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. added, "For me, personally that's not something I really would like to see happen now I think we need to see how we can manage the situation as it is now. There are options we have on the table, I've introduced a bill to kind of provide one of those options to offset some taxes of our vendors."
| 47|| Guam speaker welcomes PH President Aquino |
He was welcomed by Speaker Judith T. Won Pat, Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., Senator Mary Camacho Torres, and Senator James Espaldon—together with Gov. Eddie Calvo and Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio, Chief Justice Robert J. Torres, and Phicippine Consulate General Marciano De Borja.
| 48|| GMH pushes birthing center |
On Feb. 15, in a letter sent to Speaker Judith Won Pat and Sens. Tommy Morrison and Dennis Rodriguez Jr., Guam Economic Development Authority Administrator Jay Rojas requested a change to Public Law 32-204, which authorized borrowing to finance the birthing center. He asked that the original $7 million in the law be increased to $9 million.
| 49|| GMH legislative task force releases report |
Sen. Dennis Rodriguez Jr., the Legislature’s Committee on Health chairman, which oversees GMH, said the report has a 10-point plan that would help the hospital in the long term.
| 50|| GMH advisors meet with new CEO |
Just yesterday Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. announced the findings of a special GMH task force that was formed back in 2015. The task force recommended looking at the possibility of switching GMH from a government-operated authority, to a public-private partnership. To explore this further, legislation must be introduced, something Senator Rodriguez said he plans to do in the next few weeks.
| 51|| Senator wants GMH stabilized before board reforms |
Rodriguez said the governor has access to the resources the hospital needs as it struggles to pay its large debt. As of last week, the hospital had $24 million in accounts payable.
| 52|| Tax offset could relieve payment pressure on GMH |
Bill sponsor Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. says instead of waiting for the hospital to pay them, vendors and health providers will have the option to off-set certain business privilege taxes against past due receivables owed by GMH. The financially-struggling hospital has more than $24 million in unpaid bills.
| 53|| GMH utility bills partially paid, overall debt grows |
Another bill that could provide some financial assistance to the hospital is a measure introduced by Sen. Dennis Rodriguez Jr., D-Dededo, the Legislature's chairman on health’s legislation.
The bill would expand a tax break program, similar to one that allows health care providers to offset business privilege taxes against past due Medically Indigent Program billings.
| 54|| Bill240-33(LS) |
Relative to Health Care providers of the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority(GMHA) , the MIP and Guam Medicaid Program By offset Business Privilege Taxes(BPT) against past due Billings.
| 55|| Rodriguez says now's the time to fix GMH |
The resignation of GMH's administrator didn't necessarily come as a surprise to Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., who said, "I think the community saw the writings on the wall."
| 56|| Senator Rodriguez Disagrees with Finding New GMH Replacements |
With a hospital that’s lost its critical leadership, health oversight chairman Senator Dennis Rodriguez Jr says the Guam Memorial Hospital should continue to run under the governor’s leadership and not a new one.
| 57|| Siblings bring boy Christmas joy |
On Wednesday Mason Sanchez, 10, Masi Sanchez, 13, and Noah Quitugua, 18, gave the donation to 4-year-old Braiden, who’s fighting leukemia, at the office of Sen. Dennis Rodriguez Jr., who helped coordinate the event.
| 58|| GMH administrator supports Calvo's advisory team |
Sen. Dennis Rodriguez Jr., D-Dededo, who chairs the committee with legislative oversight of the hospital, said he suggested the governor not nominate any new board members for the time being.
| 59|| Bill No. 220-33 (COR) |
An act to the prohibit the proposed storm-water gravity bay outlet as an option for the mitigation of flooding.
| 60|| Senator: Put culvert on hold |
The chairman of Guam Legislature’s economic development committee has asked for a “temporary pause” on plans to pursue a controversial culvert in Tumon.
Sen. Dennis Rodriguez Jr., D-Dededo, said he’s asked the Guam Economic Development Authority to “reassess other options” for flood mitigation in Tumon.