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Senate panel endorses confirmation of two CHCC board nominees

THE Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations last week approved a report recommending the confirmation of Dr. Lorenzo B. Hocog and William M. Cing to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. board of trustees, which will now be a governing board.

Chaired by Sen. Frank Q. Cruz, the Senate committee said in its report that Hocog and Cing have met all the necessary requirements.

In an interview on Monday, Cruz said they made sure “that we asked the nominees to provide us with everything required by our rules, and we also reviewed their résumés. Experience and knowledge regarding medical and healthcare issues are the main considerations —they will serve on a governing board.”

Cruz said lawmakers were criticized for passing the measure that created a CHCC governing board because some people were concerned that its members would be unqualified.

“But no. We will exercize due diligence in reviewing the governor’s nominees. We will make sure that we confirm qualified people after we have scrutinized their records,” Cruz said.

He noted that Hocog has been a doctor for many years while Cing has a lot of experience in management and was resident director of the Tinian Health Center for a long time.

CHCC chief executive officer Esther Muna expressed support for the nominations of Hocog and Cing.