Sunday, October 17, 2010

Guest Memorial Book for Sen. Garcia

The Arizona Republic has set up a guest book in memorial of Sen. Jorge Luis Garcia.

If you would like to sign it, it can be accessed on their website:

Condolences on Sen. Garcia's Passing from Sen. Paula Aboud

It is with great sadness that I am informing you of the passing of our own Senator Jorge Garcia. Jorge, our friend and mentor, passed away suddenly today (Friday) after a serious bout of heart illness.

Senator Garcia was one of the most committed and dedicated senators I have ever known. He helped every new member to find their way when they joined our democratic senate team and he stood by every one of us as a support, much like a father would have watched out for his kids.

His faith sustained him through the dark days of the budget process. And yet, it could be said that his heart was silently breaking from the nature of the cuts to public services for our needy populations---the populations that he advocated for so passionately. In the Senate he was our beacon of goodness and kindness...and he will be missed so dearly by our Democratic community and his colleagues who loved him so.

Our deepest condolences are extended to his entire family.

Paula Aboud

Please watch for a notice of his service and join us as we honor this humble man who became the leader of our Democratic Senate team.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Senate Democratic Caucus on the Passing of Senate Minority Leader Jorge Luis Garcia

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – The Senate Democratic Caucus is profoundly saddened upon hearing of the passing of our colleague and friend Senator Jorge Luis Garcia (D-27), the Senate’s Minority Leader.

“Senator Jorge Luis Garcia was a compassionate and humble man who tirelessly fought on the behalf of others,” said Sen. Rebecca Rios, Assistant Minority Leader. “We will miss him greatly. We extend our condolences to his wife, Maria, children, Yvette, Dominique and Rolando and four grandchildren.”

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Senator Garcia,” said Sen. Paula Aboud of Tucson. “He was an honorable man and we always knew exactly where he stood on issues and he was well-respected for that.”

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Senator Amanda Aguirre Four Time Health Award Winner

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – For the fourth time in as many years, Senator Amanda Aguirre was voted to receive a 2010 Legislative Appreciation Award by the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. The award will be presented by the AzHHA during its Annual Membership Conference on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at the Buttes Resort, 2000 Westcourt Way, Tempe, Ariz.

“It is an honor to be recognized and to work with AzHHA toward a common goal of increasing access to healthcare for Arizonans,” said Sen. Amanda Aguirre.

“Senator Amanda Aguirre has worked tirelessly to protect the quality and accessibility of healthcare services during the turbulent budget battles of the 2010 legislative session,” said Laurie Liles, AzHHA’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “AzHHA is proud to recognize Sen. Aguirre’s dedication to our hospital and healthcare community.”

Aguirre has been involved in public health education and administration for over twenty-five years with twenty-three in Yuma.

“The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association is recognizing Senator Amanda Aguirre with a 2010 Legislative Appreciation Award due to her leadership on behalf of Arizona’s hospitals,” said Patrick Walz, Yuma Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. “Senator Aguirre has worked tirelessly in support of our state’s hospital community.”

“Senator Aguirre understands the needs of medicine and the needs of the State when dealing with the realities of hospital economics,” said Vickie Clark, CEO of the La Paz Hospital “She works for all of us.”

Aguirre is the current ranking Democratic member on the Senate Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform Committee.

The AzHHA expects more than 100 healthcare leaders from hospitals and healthcare systems throughout Arizona to attend the conference and awards luncheon.