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Take A Test, Get A Meal
LA MESA -- To commemorate Tuesday, March 28 as the American Diabetes Association’s “Alert Day,” the nine Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, will giveaway free food to customers who find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Held annually on the fourth Tuesday in March, the ADA’s Alert Day encourages people to find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by taking the ADA’s online diabetes risk test at www.diabetes.org/socalalert. The risk test, consisting of seven questions covering such topics as family history, weight and age, takes less than 60 seconds to complete.
Anyone who visits a local Chick-fil-A restaurant between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on March 28, and shows proof they completed the diabetes risk t
est, will receive a free eight-piece grilled nugget entrée. Proof can include either a printout from the website page or show the risk test’s final page on a smart phone. No personal information or test results will be collected. No purchase is required. Limit of one free entree per customer per day. Offer consists of entrée only, not a meal.
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 the Del Sur/4S Ranch community. For addresses and directions, visit…Continue
Making San Diego The Smartest City
SAN DIEGO -- “America’s Finest City” is also becoming the smartest. The City of San Diego recently announced a $30 million investment to deploy the world’s largest smart city IoT sensor platform in partnership with Current, powered by GE. Transforming 3,200 street lights into a connected digital infrastructure, San Diego will collect real-time sensor data across the city that can be used to develop applications that benefit the community. From directing drivers to open parking spaces to help first responders during an emergency, the open data platform offers limitless opportunities to increase safety, optimize municipal systems and create real-time environmental awareness.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said that fostering innovation and improving infrastructure are important to enhancing the lives of all San Diegans. “This new technology will give the City and developers the opportunity to make our neighbors safer and smarter,” added Faulconer.
In addition to the intelligent sensor installation, approximately 25 percent of San Diego’s outdoor lights will be upgraded as part of the solution. Current will install 14,000 new LED fixtures across the city, which is expected to save San Diego an estimated $2.4 million per year in energy costs.
Current is working with AT&T, Intel, ShotSpotter, CivicSmart and Proximetry to deploy the intelligent network across the city. AT&T is the wireless data carrier for the project. All the sensors used will be powered by the AT&T LTE network, providing the secure, reliable connectivity that cities need to become smarter, safer and more sustainable.
David Graham, San Diego Chief Deputy Officer, added that, “We’re making the future a reality in San Diego. Our city is home to an incredible group of leaders, thinkers and innovators who can be proud of the strides we are making…Continue
A Chance To 'Ask The Pharmacist'
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free program on “Ask the Pharmacist” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 22. 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 Dr. Kenneth Schell, Pharm.D., Sharp HealthCare pharmacist manager. Schell has practiced in a wide variety of acute care hospital, managed care and regulatory compliance environments. He oversees operations and regulatory compliance for Sharp Central Pharmacy, Sharp Home Infusion Pharmacy, Sharp Specialty Pharmacy and Sharp Hospice Pharmacy Services. In 2016, he was involved in the opening of a new 6,700-square-foot pharmacy at the Heart and Vascular Center, a taxpayer-funded building at Sharp Grossmont Hospital.
Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said, “Join us for a question-and-answer program about drugs and medications. Dr. Schell also will talk about the role of the pharmacist in the community, as well as medication safety.”
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…Continue
LA MESA -- More than a decade after East County voters approved Proposition G, a $247 million bond measure that provided taxpayer funds for improvements at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, the final construction contract was awarded to San Diego-based Swinerton Builders by Grossmont Healthcare District.
The $10.2 million contract covers the construction costs for the build-out of the Surgery Floor of the new Heart and Vascular (H&V) Center. Additionally, approximately $8 million of state-of-the-art medical equipment will be installed when build-out of the facility is complete. Construction of the H&V Surgery Floor is currently underway and scheduled for completion in 2018.
When completed, the H&V build-out will include four new cardiac catheterization labs and four multipurpose procedural rooms that will support a wide range of surgeries, including general surgery, open-heart surgery, minimally invasive surgery and image-guided surgery, as well as various endovascular interventional procedures.
Construction of initial phases of the H&V building was completed last year at a cost of over $60 million. The 71,000-square-foot building, on the eastern side of the busy hospital campus, adjoins an existing building that houses operating rooms and cardiac catheterization labs.
In addition to constructing the actual H&V building, the overall project included a new Pharmacy and clinical testing Laboratory, three new elevators, heating and air conditioning equipment, a new…Continue
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free program on “Coloring for Stress Relief” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22. 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 Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director. “Do you remember how fun it was to color when you were a child? Well, coloring is now all grown up,” said Quinn. “Adult coloring books continue to provide enjoyment and relaxation. Join us to give this stress-relieving activity a try. We will provide pages to color as well as colored pencils and markers, but feel free to bring your own supplies if you have them. The light mental focus required for coloring promotes mindfulness and calmness, which can help reduce stress. Coloring together is a great activity.”
Quinn, with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in the Chicago area, has served as director of the Herrick Library since 2007.
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…Continue
Looking For A Few Good Heroes
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking nominees for its 2017 Healthcare Heroes Awards. Now in its 11th year, the Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program honoring volunteers who help advance the delivery of quality health services in the East County region.
Nominees may include any individual volunteer or volunteer(s) of organizations who demonstrate selfless dedication to a healthy East region community, above and beyond their regular employment, according to Michael Emerson, 2017 GHD board president.
“The purpose of the Healthcare Heroes Awards is to recognize volunteers whose unsung work in health care might not otherwise be recognized,” said Emerson. “We solicit the assistance of all East County residents because we want to recognize healthcare champions whose work might not otherwise be recognized. We want to honor those volunteers whose extraordinary care and selfless dedication inspires others to produce outcomes that provide for a healthier community.”
Some examples of volunteers eligible for nomination include: health care educators, volunteer transportation providers, health professionals, first responders, community clinic volunteers, pastoral caregivers, grant writers, members of service clubs, members of policy or advocacy organizations, auxiliary members, and youth volunteers (healthcare related).
Nomination forms are available at www.grossmonthealthcare.org. Deadline for submission of entries is 3p.m. on Friday, March 10, faxed, e-mailed or personally delivered to the GHD offices at 9001 Wakarusa St.,…Continue
La Mesa Man Won Super Bowl Trip
LA MESA -- Union Bank announced that Donald Gustavson of La Mesa, Calif. was the grand prize winner of “From Sofa to Stadium” Visa Super Bowl LI Sweepstakes for Union Bank.
“Union Bank joined with Visa to bring our cardholders a truly once in a lifetime experience,” said Brian Milton, Head of Consumer Finance and Payments for Union Bank. “We were excited to offer this sweepstakes and give our clients a chance to win by using their Union Bank Visa Credit Card.”
Gustavson received a four-day/three-night trip for two to Houston to watch the Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017. The prize included airfare, hotel accommodations, grand transportation, a prepaid Visa Gift card for $250, VIP passes for two to the NFL Experience, game day tickets for two to Super Bowl LI and Super Bowl LI merchandise.
A Union Bank customer for almost 40 years and a huge football fan, Gustavson was thrilled to win.
“I can’t thank Union Bank enough. It was a dream come true for my wife and me to go to the Super Bowl,” said Gustavson, who played football in high school in New Jersey where his team attained championship status several times. “Football has always been a big part of my life,” he added.
After watching the first half in the stands, Gustavson and his wife were escorted to the field for the half-time show.
“The half-time show with Lady Gaga was spectacular. There’s nothing like the energy on that field,” said Gustavson. “What a great game of football by both teams. Thanks Union Bank and Visa for making this happen.”
The sweepstakes started on August 28, 2016 and ended on November 15, 2016. There was one grand prize winner. To enter…
A new backcountry healthcare clinic currently under construction in Campo will have $1 million for new medical equipment thanks to the La Mesa-based Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), an East County regional public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region.
GHD’s board of directors recently approved a $1 million grant to Mountain Health & Community Services, Inc. for its new health center in Campo to be called Mountain Health Family Medicine.
The award, the largest single community grant in GHD’s history, is planned to cover the purchase of equipment for primary care exams, surgical procedures, dental examinations, X-rays and on-site lab testing, along with other patient care support functions.
“When we hope to start seeing patients in June 2017, our new clinic in Campo will provide comprehensive primary care services to the most medically vulnerable population in rural East County,” said Judith Shaplin, president and CEO of Mountain Health. “This grant from the Grossmont Healthcare District will greatly help us serve low-income and medically underserved residents in the 950-square-mile Mountain Empire region.”
Founded in 1975, Mountain Health operates six federally qualified health centers in Campo, Alpine, Escondido, Santee and San Diego. It also provides health services at several public schools in rural East County communities. In 2016, Mountain Health said it served more than 8,000 patients, many who…Continue
The Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts, Inc. (PSWA) will present its 44th annual California Open Wildlife Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19, at Liberty Station in San Diego’s Point Loma area. The festival, open to the public, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both weekend days at Liberty Station’s Corky McMillin Event Center, NTC Promenade, 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego. Admission is $5 per person per day, and children under 12 years of age are free. For more information, visit www.PSWA.net.
On display will be wildlife paintings and photography, along with sculptures of traditional wooden hunting decoys of wildfowl, fish and birds. This year’s exhibition will attract more than 100 top carvers, wildlife artists and art lovers from all over the U.S., Canada, Russia and Japan.
Gary De Cew, PSWA president, has announced this festival will be the last one. Officials cite funding cuts and lower public interest in the art of carved
Several East County artists will participate, including painters Gloria Chadwick of El Cajon, Peggy Bradshaw Palm of Alpine, Scott Streit of La Mesa and Ron Dotson of Jamul, as well as Bob Berry of El Cajon, a six-time world champion carver.
Other artists include Michael Crook, Pat Gilmore, Susan Mae Hull, Gary Johnson, Sue Kroll and…Continue
Grant Awarded To Help Refugees
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), with offices in La Mesa,has awarded a $10,000 grant to License to Freedom, an El Cajon-based nonprofit that assists Middle Eastern refugees and immigrants with cultural assimilation and health education.
The grant will support License to Freedom’s community outreach efforts, particularly as they relate to cultural adjustment to American healthcare norms. Outreach includes providing culturally competent health education classes taught in Arabic to recent refugees and immigrants now living in the East County. Taught by existing refugee healthcare workers, pastors and social workers, the classes will cover the basics about the U.S. health system. Classes will emphasize the availability of healthcare services at nearby community clinics and urgent care centers, instead of hospital emergency rooms.
Classes also will cover hospital emergency room protocol, according to Dilkhwaz Ahmed, executive director, License to Freedom. “If a family member goes to an emergency room, it is the custom of Middle Eastern community for the entire family to show up in support, but this can put a strain on the facility because American privacy regulations do not accommodate this cultural practice,” Ahmed said.
She said classes will be held at churches, parks and community centers. The funds will also support advertisements addressing cultural adaptation to refugees through Arabic newspapers, radio programs and social media channels.
Ahmed said some of East County’s recent refugees will be escapees from Syria’s nearly six-year, multi-sided civil war between government…Continue