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Healing with Energy:
La Mesa health care library to host
free meeting on reiki on March 28th
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library in La Mesa will host “Reiki: Healing with Energy,” a free program from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 28. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free and RSVP is not necessary. Light refreshments will be served. Handouts will be available. The library is located at 9001 Wakarusa St.
Speaker at the program will be Linda Bounds, a Reiki master, artist and educator who estimates that she has helped thousands of people in need with her Reiki-infused art and environmental energy therapies. She will explain how Reiki can complement your life by tapping into your personal Universal Life Force. She will share the fundamentals of this natural way to create healing environments that can release both physical and emotional blockages.
According to Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, “Reiki is a complementary health approach in which practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above a person, with the goal of facilitating the person’s own healing response. It is a Japanese technique for relaxation and stress reduction which is used for pain, anxiety, fatigue, depression, and other conditions.”
The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health…Continue
Young artist exhibits at
La Mesa health care library
LA MESA -- The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now presenting its Winter Art Exhibit showcasing 13 art pieces by Fabian Diaz Luevano of El Cajon.
The exhibit, which runs through the end of March, features a collection of charcoal and pencil figure drawings, a collage of newspaper clippings and a digital drawing. Diaz Luveano’s work has previously appeared at the El Cajon Public Library.
Born in central Mexico in 1991, Diaz Luevano, 26, lived in Tijuana until age 12 and then moved to the United States. He has studied art in Bordeaux, France, and at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. He graduated from Grossmont High School (class of 2009) and earned an honorable mention award in a national art competition. He also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the history of public policy from the University of California Santa Barbara. He currently works at Cuyamaca College as an English-language tutor and test proctor.
“My goal is to become an illustrator specializing in human anatomy,” said Diaz Luevano. “I’m interested in drawing complicated things, not man-made things, but rather things in nature and life and the human body.”
Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Winter Art Exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours, which are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on…Continue
Grossmont Healthcare District continues support
to community clinics serving East County
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of community healthcare clinics who serve low-income, uninsured and underserved residents of the East County with recent grants to the La Maestra Family Clinic, Family Health Centers of San Diego and Vista Hill Foundation.
The GHD board recently approved a $35,000 grant for equipment to provide dental and orthodontic services, including screenings, education and specialty treatment, to patients who visit La Maestra’s four dental clinics. La Maestra currently operates two dental clinics in El Cajon at 1032 Broadway and 183 South First St., plus two others in Lemon Grove at 7139 Broadway in Lemon Grove, 7967 Broadway in Lemon Grove. A fifth dental clinic at 1341 East Main St. in El Cajon is expected to open in the fall of 2018. La Maestra officials said its dental clinics provide approximately 55,000 patient encounters annually, including 7,000 patient encounters projected for the soon-to-be-open dental clinic in El Cajon.
“We’re grateful for the support from the Grossmont Healthcare District,” said Zara Marselian, La Maestra CEO. “This funding will help reduce wait times and improve access to high-quality care for all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. We’re glad to partner in meeting our mission to provide quality health care and education, to improve the overall well-being of the family, and to bring the underserved, ethnically diverse communities into the…Continue
Murphy named to Grossmont Hospital Corporation board of directors
LA MESA -- El Cajon resident Shirley Apple Murphy, a cultural psychologist, life coach and advocate for Native American issues, has been appointed to serve on the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC) board of directors as a representative of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). Murphy will serve on the GHC as a designee of GHD board member Gloria Chadwick.
Murphy is returning to the GHC board after previously serving from 2011 to 2016. Murphy was succeeded by Allan Goetz, a retired aerospace engineer, who served in 2016 and 2017.
The 15-member GHC board consists of Sharp Grossmont Hospital leaders, physicians, community leaders and GHD board members or their designees. Among its many responsibilities, the GHC board oversees, evaluates and recommends proactive quality measures and performance initiatives for all quality improvement activities throughout the hospital.
Murphy is president of Taspan Consulting Co., which she founded to conduct research and development of indigenous knowledge and its application to educational curriculum, career counseling, community development and life coaching. Her career has focused on health care, education and language retention.
“It is my honor and privilege to have this opportunity to serve at the pleasure of the Grossmont Healthcare District board,” said Murphy. “I have a lifelong commitment to quality health care and a desire to address unmet health care needs in our East County community. I look forward to supporting the other hospital board members and an…Continue
Chamber to host ‘Salute to Local Heroes’
LA MESA -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its 10th annual “Salute to Local Heroes” dinner starting at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 8, at the Town and Country Resort Hotel, Town and Country Ballroom, 500 Hotel Circle North, in San Diego’s Mission Valley area.
The event, open to the public, will include installation of board members, dinner, silent auction and recognition of eight local heroes from law enforcement, fire district, paramedic field and retired senior volunteer patrol. More than 200 people are expected to attend. The event theme is “One Jewel of a Night.” Cost to attend is $85 per person or two tickets for $150 and a table of eight for $600. Complimentary parking is included. Tickets may be purchased online at www.lamesachamber.com, or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700.
“This unique event celebrates the strength of the community and honors eight local heroes that serve, protect and make sacrifices for our La Mesa community,” said La Mesa Chamber President and CEO Mary England.
This year’s honorees include: Alex England, emergency medical technician, and Ben Schafer, medic, American Medical Response; Greg McAlpine, deputy chief, and Matthew Kirk, captain, Heartland Fire and Rescue; Eric Knudson, master officer, and Carlos Gaytan, officer, La Mesa Police Department; Mike Boatright and Chuck…Continue
The hall was alive with color, guests, laughter and the tantalizing scents of good home cooking. Bright red cloths covered tables brimming with foods from eleven countries (prepared by parents) and art projects created by the young students of La Mesa's Charley Brown Children's Center. Display boards, also the work of the children, featured what they have learned about those countries.
It was the second annual Multi-Cultural Night, an event designed to promote awareness of and appreciation for the many cultures represented by the students and their families - and by selling their art, to create opportunity for the youngsters to help others. Money raised this year went to, a non-profit organization which delivers life-saving bed nets to children in malaria-stricken areas - enough for eleven nets!
The Charley Brown Children's Center, 5921 Jackson Drive, La Mesa 91942 (619.463.5126), is a community outreach program of The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa. Spurred by then pastor the Rev. Charley Brown, and determined to offer affordable quality childcare to their neighbors, members of the congregation joined together to build the center in 1972. It and they are still going strong.
Grossmont Healthcare District elects 2018 board officers
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently reelected its 2017 board officers to serve in the same roles for 2018. Michael Emerson was reelected as board president, Gloria Chadwick as vice president, and Virginia Hall as secretary. In addition, board member Robert “Bob” Ayres was selected again by Emerson to serve as board treasurer. Also serving on the five-member board is Randy Lenac.
“I’m very honored and gratified for the opportunity to serve a second consecutive year as board president,” said Emerson. “Our board works very well together and I’m glad my board colleagues will retain their same roles in 2018. Every constituent can feel confident that this board is committed and dedicated to our role of addressing unmet healthcare needs and supporting the community to the greatest extent possible with the available resources.”
Emerson, a registered dispensing optician (RDO) who joined the GHD board in 2008, also serves on the board of the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC), the legal entity for the hospital lease agreement between Sharp HealthCare and GHD.
Chadwick, a retired psychiatric nurse, has served on the GHD board since 1998, when she became the first woman elected to the board in 22 years. In 2000, she became the first woman in GHD history to serve as board president. The Dehesa Valley resident has been reelected to the GHD board four times.
Hall, a retired registered nurse, was elected to the GHD board in November…Continue
Grossmont Healthcare District continues
support for Jewish Family Service of San Diego
(from left to right: GHD board members Randy Lenac, Gloria Chadwick; Gabi Charo, Jewish Family Service; GHD board members Michael Emerson, Virginia Hall, Robert “Bob” Ayres.
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of Jewish Family Service (JFS) of San Diego’s food assistance program, which alleviates food insecurity in San Diego’s East County region.
The GHD board recently approved a $40,000 grant that will help cover expenses for the JFS Foodmobile program that delivers nutritious meals to homebound seniors, and adults with disabilities who live in the GHD’s service district. JFS officials said the GHD grant will provide more than 11,000 meals over a year’s time.
“Assisting older adults to age with dignity and independence in their own homes can lower the frequency and duration of hospital readmissions and other inpatient settings,” said Michael Emerson, GHD board president. “The correlation between good nutrition and good health is well documented. We’re proud to support Jewish Family Service and their outstanding efforts to help build better lives through access to healthy food.”
GHD has supported JFS with grants since 1998. The JFS Foodmobile program provides ongoing nutrition service to isolated, indigent, frail and vulnerable seniors and other homebound adults with disabilities who have no other access to basic nutrition. Gabi Charo, director of nutrition services, JFS, said home-delivered meals cost an average of $2,500 per individual…Continue
Health care library in La Mesa
to host free meeting on
Osteoporosis on Jan. 24th
The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library in La Mesa will host “Osteoporosis and Exercise: What Is Right and What Is Risky,” a free program on the disease that thins and weakens the bones, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free and RSVP is not necessary. Light refreshments will be served. Handouts will be available. The library is located at 9001 Wakarusa St.
Speaker at the program will be Kristin Schulz, physical therapist, Sharp Grossmont Rehabilitation Services. Schulz, a board certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy, has a certification in osteoporosis in the Meeks Method, a program on patterns of postural change. For Sharp HealthCare, she provides outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation services, including neurological rehab and balance and vestibular rehab.
According to Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, “Exercise is one of the key components of an osteoporosis treatment program. More than 53 million people in the U.S. either already have osteoporosis or are at high risk due to low bone mass. Join us to learn about the right kinds of exercise to protect and strengthen your bones and support your back.”
The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health research information, accessible both on-site…Continue
Grossmont Healthcare District offers scholarships
for nursing, health tech students
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking applicants for two scholarship programs, one for nursing students and another for students pursuing careers as health technicians.
The nursing scholarship, called the Richard J. Bea Nursing Scholarship, is named after former GHD board member Richard Bea, a registered nurse who worked at Grossmont Hospital for 18 years and served on the GHD board from 1996 until his death in 1999. There are two nursing scholarships available to local students studying to be a registered nurse; winners are eligible to receive up to $3,000.
Students pursuing careers as health technicians are also invited to apply for one of five Health Tech Scholarships in the amount of $2,000. Eligible occupations include anesthesiology technician, cardiovascular technician, disability services management, laboratory technician, licensed vocational nurse, occupational therapy assistant, orthopedic technician, pharmacy technician, respiratory therapy technician, speech therapy or speech pathology technician and telemetry/EKG technician. Health tech scholarships are awarded based on merit of responses rather than a certain number of awards per occupation.
“It’s important to invest in access to education and training programs for District residents focusing their studies in the healthcare field, with the goal of serving in tomorrow’s workforce. We look forward to their future success through college and beyond,” said Michael Emerson, GHD board president. “Our board of directors have…Continue