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Helping College Students Learn
Latest Medical Equipment
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has awarded a $89,440 grant to Grossmont College’s Allied Health Division. The grant will be applied towards the purchase of three pieces of equipment that will assist in the training of cardiovascular, respiratory and orthopedic technology students.
According to Domenica Oliveri, interim dean, Allied Health Division, Grossmont College, the grant will help purchase a SurgiStat electrosurgical generator made by Dublin, Ireland-based Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) that will help cardiovascular students learn about electrocautery procedures used during a variety of interventional cardiac diagnostic procedures. She said the college currently does not have this equipment.
In addition, Oliveri said GHD funds will help orthopedic students practice casting and splinting using a new cast cutter and cast dust vacuum manufactured by Stryker Corp. (NYSE:SYK) of Kalamazoo, Mich. She said the college’s current cast cutter and dust vacuum is outdated and frequently broken.
Also, respiratory therapy students will experience how to care for patients with acute and chronic respiratory diseases with a new Carescape ventilator and oxygenation system from General Electric (GE) Healthcare, Oliveri said. The college’s current ventilations are rented or borrowed and do not give students the necessary skills needed to care for patients, she said.
“We are grateful for the Grossmont Healthcare District because this new equipment will help refine rigorous and…Continue
Sen. Anderson Visits La Mesa Aug. 24th
LA MESA -- California Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) will listen to constituents and invite ideas to improve state government at a “Community Coffee” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, at the American Legion Post #282, 8118 University Ave., La Mesa. The free event, open to the public, is being hosted by La Mesa City Council members Guy McWhirter, Bill Baber, Kristine Alessio and Colin Parent.
“My top priority is making government work for you,” said Anderson. “This will be an opportunity to hear directly from my constituents about their needs, opinions and legislative ideas to make state government more effective and efficient. In addition, my district staff will be on hand to help constituents resolve any issues they may have with a state agency.”
For more information, contact Anderson’s El Cajon district office at (619) 596-3136, or visit www.senate.ca.gov/anderson. RSVPs are requested by Wednesday, Aug. 23, to (619) 596-3136. Anderson’s 38th Senate district includes Poway, Santee, El Cajon, La Mesa and most of East San Diego County. He was first elected to the state Assembly in 2006 and to the state Senate in 2010.
Save the date!
La Mesa Collaborative will be hosting a community event on child sexual abuse prevention and human trafficking.
Experts will provide information for parents and the community to protect kids.
A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.
More details will be posted soon.
Teens Get A Dose Of Real Hospital World
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently hosted graduation ceremonies for 15 high school students who spent the month of July interning at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa as part of the Grossmont Union High School District’s (GUHSD) Healthcare Exploration Summer Institute (HESI) 2017 program. The ceremonies featured the students presenting about their experiences at the hospital.
The HESI program is geared for juniors and seniors planning a career in healthcare. Teacher recommendations are required for acceptance. Students also are interviewed before acceptance and background checks are conducted. Most HESI students are enrolled in their school’s Health Career Pathways, an initiative funded by GHD.
For up to eight hours every weekday, the HESI students rotate through about 14 different hospital departments as part of their internship. Since the HESI program began in 2004, more than 200 students have participated, officials said.
“The staff at Sharp Grossmont Hospital generously donates their time each year to help the next generation of medical professionals explore the many facets of healthcare,” said Heather Peterson, coordinator, Grossmont Healthcare District Health Career Pathways. “Many thanks also to the Grossmont Healthcare District, whose generous grants make this program possible each year. We truly appreciate the opportunity granted to us through their benefaction.”
To learn more about GHD Health Career Pathways, visit the program website, https://sites.google.com/guhsd.net/ghdhealthpathways.
New Boys & Girls Club Rising
LA MESA -- The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) has begun construction of its new Brady Family Clubhouse in La Mesa that will house the Gagon Academy and Bill Walton Gymnasium. The new clubhouse is located past a ball field on the west end of the La Mesa Arts Academy.
The new 26,000-square-foot Brady Family Clubhouse will be the largest of the six Boys and Girls Clubs of East County. The clubhouse will feature a learning center and homework study room named the Gagon Academy, plus a full-service kitchen and nutrition center and the Little Rascals area for 5-to-7-year olds. It will also showcase the 10,000-square-foot Bill Walton Gymnasium, named after the Helix High graduate (class of 1970).
When completed, the Brady Family Clubhouse combined with the existing Brady Family Teen Center -- located on the east end of the La Mesa Arts Academy campus -- will serve up to 300 children a day, ages 5 to 18, BGCEC officials said.
“This dream has become a reality because of the incredible partnerships we’ve built with the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District, the County of San Diego, City of La Mesa, Ron and Mary Alice Brady and Beth LeFriant of the Gagon Estate,” said Forrest Higgins, CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of East County. “This project is a credit to La Mesa, the community and its leaders. The primary mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs is to save lives and the new clubhouse will give more kids the opportunity to a successful future. We cannot wait to open our doors in the spring of 2018.”
Attendees at a recent groundbreaking ceremony included: Bill Walton, La Mesa native and former…Continue
The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Gambling: Just Fun or a Problem?,” a free program on problem gambling issues and treatment resources, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 26. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.
Speaker at the program will be Michelle Porche, technical assistance specialist, Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC), Problem Gambling Prevention Technical Assistance and Training. UPAC is dedicated to raising awareness about problem gambling in San Diego. Its gambling addiction treatment program includes group and one-on-one counseling with a licensed clinician and case management services. UPAC is funded by the California Office of Problem Gambling through the UCLA Gambling Studies Program and National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse.
According to Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, “Most people who gamble are not problem gamblers, but for some people gambling can lead to serious problems. Join us to learn about the signs of problem gambling as well as prevention strategies and treatment options. Free counseling and treatment options offered by UPAC will be described.”
The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health research information, accessible both on-site and via the Internet. The library is operated by the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County. For more information, phone the library at (619) 825‑5010 or visit www.herricklibrary.org. …Continue
The 10 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Grossmont Chick-fil-A at 8200 Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa, will host a “Daddy-Daughter Date Night” for fathers and daughters from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 1.
“One of Chick-fil-A’s goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with,” said Rick Preciado, Grossmont Chick-fil-A owner-operator. “We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage local dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughter’s company and have fun. We’re doing our part to encourage fathers and daughters to spend quality time together while they enjoy dinner, conversation and entertaining activities.”
Activities will include table-side service, dinner, dessert, entertainment and a flower for each daughter. Each of the restaurants will celebrate the occasion in its own way with some rolling out a red carpet and others with other special activities. A tray liner with every meal will include questions and topics to help get the dinner conversation started, as well as a take-home booklet called “Continuing the Conversation” that offers suggestions for future father-daughter events. Reservations are required. Seating is limited. Cost is $25 per couple. Additional children can be added to the reservation for $10 per child. To RSVP a seating time, visit www.cfasandiego.com/dddn/.
To see what a Daddy-Daughter Date Night looks like, watch this video:
Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are located in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee, Escondido and in San Diego on Sports Arena Blvd., Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa, Carmel Mountain Road in Carmel Mountain Ranch and Camino del Sur in 4S Ranch. For addresses and directions, visit …Continue
How You Can Care For Your Brain
LA MESA -- More than than 60,000 people in San Diego County suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Another 150,000 people love and care for them. What are the risk factors for dementia and lifestyle factors associated with good brain health? What is the latest research telling us? Are there new daily habits that can improve brain health?
Answers to those questions will be available at “Maximizing Brain Health,” a free program at the Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.
Speaking at the program will be Amy Abrams, education and outreach manager, Alzheimer’s San Diego, a local, independent nonprofit organization providing care and support for San Diego families. Abrams manages the organization’s community education program, which provides critical dementia education for families, caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementia, as well as professionals and other interested members of the community.
According to Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, “Incidence rates of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are on the rise, affecting one in nine people over the age of 65. If you’re concerned about brain health, you’re not alone. Join us for a discussion about the latest research in brain health and some simple steps you can take to incorporate positive new habits into your daily…Continue
Thousands of local teens are headed off to college in the coming weeks. That means its time to decorate dorms and get all the supplies needed to make university a productive and fun place.
Instead of running around from store to store or trying to find the right thing online, local wireless stores have it all (okay, maybe not furniture with matching bed cover). Whether your student is looking for a new phone, ways to watch TV, headphones, or new speakers, San Diego's Cricket Wireless stores have the best new tech gear for different types of students and different budgets. Gear up for college with the following tips:
La Mesa’s own C. Hook Theater will present, “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”, this week at the Joan Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave.
This Broadway musical follows a year in the life of Charles M. Schulz loveable Peanuts Characters. The show turns 50 this year having opened on Broadway in February 1967. C. Hook Theater, sister company of Peter Pan Junior Theater, turns 11 this year.
Show times are:
Wednesday, June 28 @ 7pm
Thursday, June 29 @ 7pm
Friday, June 30 @ 7pm
Saturday, July 1 @ 1pm
Saturday, July 1 @ 7pm
Tickets may be purchased online chooktix.com or at the box office before each show.