On 18 October 1898, the US took formal possession of San Juan and the hospital at El Morro. The American Flag was raised. The first American patients were members of the 11th Infantry, who were admitted on 20 October 1898, before much progress had been made in the renovation. Major Charles F. Mason, Surgeon, of the Brigade of volunteers was formally assigned as temporary commander on 22 October 1898. The hospital was gradually developed as a general hospital and named the U.S. General Hospital, San Juan, Puerto Rico. During 1947 the U.S. General Hospital changed its name to the Rodriguez General Hospital.
Rodriguez General Hospital was names in honor of Major Fernando E. Rodriguez, Dental Corps, US Army, an outstanding pioneer in oral bacteriology research He was one of the first to discover the organism causing tooth decay. Major Rodriguez was a native Puerto Rican and served as Dental Officer, Station Hospital, Post of San Juan, at Fort Brooke.
On 15 January 1947 the 161st General Hospital was inactivated and was reactivated as the Rodriguez General Hospital. The status of Puerto Rico was also changing. By the Jones Act of 1917, Puerto Rico had become an incorporated territory of the United States. The territory received partial self government in 1947 and the American military decided it no longer needed all of Fort Brooke.
On February 14, 1949 the Rodriguez General Hospital was closed as a part of the closing of Fort Brooke. The Outpatient Clinic which was located on Fort Buchanan was renamed; the Rodriguez Army Health Clinic and remains in part to this day.
Rodriguez Army Health Clinic’s Commanders
|1974 - 1977||CPT Jacob Lozada||2002 - 2003||COL Bradley N. Harper|
|1977 - 1981||MAJ Jessie Valdez||2003 - 2007||COL Margarita Aponte|
|1981 - 1982||CPT Francisco Maldonado||2007 - 2009||COL Manuel Valentin|
|1982 - 1984||MAJ Rosa Smith||2009 - 2009||LTC John E. Glorioso|
|1984 - 1989||COL Gilberto Varela||2009 - 2011||COL Virginia D. Yates|
|1989 - 1992||COL Ignacio Hernandez||2011 - 2012||COL Danny B.N. Jaghab|
|1992 - 1999||COL Rodolfo E. Bautista||2012- Present||COL Angelene Hemingway|
|1999 - 2002||COL Bobbilynn H. Lee|