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LA MESA -- The volunteer citizens group monitoring the spending of millions of dollars in public funds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital has a new member. James Sly, vice president and chief operations officer of the San Diego East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC), has joined the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC). The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), the public agency managing the bond-financed construction at the hospital, recently approved the appointment of Sly to the ICBOC.
ICBOC members are uncompensated East County residents who are charged with monitoring the expenditure of funds from the $247 million, voter-approved 2006 Proposition G bond measure.
Specific seats on the ICBOC are filled by individuals representing various constituency groups and business sectors, such as project management, large-scale construction operations, finance, labor, the Taxpayers Association, and healthcare. Based on his experience in a senior-level decision-making position, Sly will serve on the ICBOC as a project management representative.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity to serve,” said Sly, a Santee resident. “I’m passionate about connecting partners in order to find the nexus between a problem and solution and I’m always looking for more efficient ways to accomplish our work and improve outcomes. I look forward to working with the committee for the benefit of taxpayers and our community.”
Sly has 11 years of experience in project management and consulting. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management from San Diego State University and leadership certificates…Continue
Talking With Your Kids Is Key
LA MESA -- Building confidence and self-esteem in your kids will give them a solid foundation they will benefit from for a lifetime. One way to do this is by asking them questions and listening earnestly to their answers. Let them know you truly value their opinion and what they have to say matters. I teach child sexual abuse prevention to parents and one of the methods I believe is the strongest to predict, prevent or catch child sexual abuse is to use conversation starters before and after you drop off your kids anywhere they will be in the care of others. This includes family members, pre-school, daycare, neighbors, school, and sports because 90 percent of abuse is at the hand of someone they know and trust. Of that 90 percent, 30 percent of the perpetrators are family members, 60 percent are perpetrators are people the family knows.
Asking your kid point blank if they have been touched inappropriately is confusing, scares kids, and can cause emotional harm. Using conversation starters is an effective method to build a bond with your kids. Their answers will shed light on any issues they may be struggling with such as bullying, eating disorders, anxiety, or homework. Their answers will also highlight all the positive interactions in your kid’s life. You may learn what their new interests are, what are they excelling at, what is motivating them, who their new friends are, or who is their favorite teacher.
Have you ever been frustrated when you asked your kid how their day was and the answer you got in return was “good”, “fine”, or “it sucked”? Asking kids how their day was can be confusing to them because they can experience a range of different feelings throughout the day. They may have hated P.E. but loved art. They could have made a new friend and failed a test. Their excitement and emotions can ebb and flow throughout the…Continue
Chick-fil-A in La Mesa
Helping Texans Impacted By Hurricane Harvey
LA MESA -- The two Chick-fil-A restaurants in the East County, in La Mesa and Santee, will host a fundraiser on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to support recovery efforts for Houston’s victims of Hurricane Harvey. Chick-fil-A officials said both stores will donate 15 percent of all sales between 5 and 8 p.m. to a Chick-fil-A fund earmarked for Houston residents.
Both owner-operators of the two Chick-fil-A restaurants have a personal stake in the fundraiser. Both have friends and family members living in Houston who were impacted by the hurricane.
Santee’s Kyle Steck, a San Diego native, has in-laws living in Houston, including wife Jamie’s father who pastors a church there. In addition, Steck sold dental equipment in Texas for several years before joining Chick-fil-A. He has led the Santee restaurant since August 2015.
“Like many of you, we’ve been moved by the images of devastation, and there are a lot of people in East County who would love to help in some way with the horrendous damage in Houston,” said Steck. “In the aftermath of the disaster, we have an opportunity to share. Their biggest need right now is money to help with the recovery. We are proud to offer our restaurants as a way for people to come together and help out.”
Rick Preciado in La Mesa spent 12 years working as an operations executive for various oil and gas, building materials and chemical companies in Houston before joining Chick-fil-A and moving to San Diego to open the La Mesa restaurant earlier this year. Preciado said his previous home in…Continue
Grossmont Healthcare District Awards
Funds To Local Community Organizations
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors recently awarded several sponsorships to community organizations that protect and promote the health of local residents.
GHD recently awarded a $6,000 sponsorship to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), San Diego chapter, in support of its mission toward life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications. According to JDRF officials, approximately 200 children a year, some as young as 2 months old, are diagnosed with T1D in San Diego County and 40 new children are diagnosed every day nationwide. JDRF senior development manager Christine Rhoads said, “Diabetes is a relentless daily struggle. There is no break, no days off and no cure. We are grateful for the support of the Grossmont Healthcare District for their assistance in advancing treatment, prevention and cure therapies.”
GHD also awarded $4,400 to the McAlister Institute Kiva Learning Center for Women and Children. The grant will provide admission to the 2017 Celebration of Women (CWC) San Diego conference for 40 adult women who are in recovery and living in a long-term Kiva sober-living residential facility in Lemon Grove. “The purpose of the conference is to facilitate or lead recovery-oriented group activities, including support groups and education activities, to help women, particularly those new to sobriety, know that they can live a life of recovery and balance,” said Angela…Continue
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