USNH Guam civilians retire with 108 years of service
U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam celebrated 180 years of collective civilian service of five employees during their retirement ceremony at the hospital in Agana Heights Dec. 28.
Tess Matanane, USNH Guam materials management department purchasing agent, 43 years of service; Vicky Camacho, human resources specialist, 36 years of service; Lillian Gumabon, directorate of nursing services executive secretary, 35 years of service; Gloria Perez, mother baby unit registered nurse, 34 years of service; and Lillian Chargualaf, coding clerk for patient administration department, 32 years of service, were commended for their dedication.
USNH Guam Executive Officer Capt. Glen Crawford offered his congratulations to the individuals and expressed his gratitude for their commitment to service.
“The civilians really are the fabric that holds our hospital together,” he said. “They provide corporate knowledge, they teach us what has worked and what has failed, they are our consistency. I submit that they are more than our fabric, they are the soul of this hospital.”
Following Crawford’s opening remarks, the honorees were recognized by their respective supervisors and received official retirement certificates, gifts from their department and a legislative resolution from Guam Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez Jr.
Though many of their civil service careers took them to various commands, each of them completed their careers providing service from the heart at USNH Guam. Each woman relished their many accomplishments at the command, lending a vital hand to daily operations and patient care.
“For as long as I can remember this hospital is what we (our family) did, said Chief Hospital Corpsman (FMF/SW/AW) Ed Matanane, of USS Frank Cable (AS 40) and Tess Matanane’s son. “It made my heart swell with pride seeing my mother up there being honored.”
Each retiree left a lasting impact on the command from Gumabon's contributions to the annual USNH Guam's Liberation Festival float and Perez' assistance in more than 850 labor deliveries. Chargualaf's efforts were instrumental in maintaining a completion rate of 95 percent for more than 21,000 medical record reviews while Matanane executed millions of dollars of purchases for vital medical equipment. Camacho's human resource expertise enabled her to revamp the civilian personnel system while simultaneously updating over 20 position descriptions, which yielded promotions for well-deserving civilians across the command.