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Grossmont Healthcare District continues
support for the Challenge Center in La Mesa
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of the Challenge Center, a nonprofit facility in La Mesa where people with disabilities receive long-term physical therapy rehabilitation and fitness services.
The GHD board recently approved a $50,000 grant to support the Challenge Center’s programs to help its physically challenged clients receive services, regardless of their ability to pay. The GHD grant is expected to provide direct patient services for up to 170 clients, as well as pay for the purchase and maintenance of specialized equipment.
“We are proud to support the Challenge Center and its efforts to maximize independence and improve health and wellness in an environment of hope and possibility,” said Michael Emerson, GHD 2017 board president. “We’re gratified to assist those Challenge Center clients who have been both functionally and financially devastated with skilled physical therapy rehabilitation, specialized assisted fitness training and wellness programs.”
According to Tiffany Piquilloud, Challenge Center’s executive…Continue
Cops Collecting Teddy Bears For Kids
LA MESA -- This year’s San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego will launched on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the 12 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Chick-fil-A restaurants in the East County in Santee at 9418 Mission Gorge Road and in La Mesa at 8200 Fletcher Parkway.
Anyone who brings a new, huggable teddy bear (with tags attached) to a Chick-fil-A restaurant in San Diego County between 5 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3, will receive their choice of a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich Meal or four-piece Chick-fil-A Nuggets Kid’s Meal. Limit of one free meal per customer. Some Chick-fil-A restaurants also will feature a crime prevention display, as well as police vehicles and equipment at the Teddy Bear Drive Family Night.
Since it began in 1990, the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive has grown to involve 23 law enforcement agencies that collect upwards of 50,000 bears annually. This year, the City of Oceanside Police Department and San Diego County District Attorney’s Office are organizers of the annual effort which runs through Dec. 5, when teddy bears will be delivered to Rady Children’s Hospital.
On Dec. 5, law enforcement officers in police vehicles will arrive at Rady Children’s to a crowd of cheering patients, parents and staff along the driveway in front of the Rose Pavilion. After a brief ceremony,…Continue
The Reagans Return
LA MESA -- Ronald and Nancy Reagan, played by historians and artists William and Sue Wills, will share stories about their lives together during a performance on Friday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m., at Mount Miguel Covenant Village, 325 Kempton St., Spring Valley.
The actors will use dialects, emotions and costumes to dramatize the strengths, weaknesses, failures and triumphs of this revered First Couple. At 69, Reagan was the oldest person elected president of the U.S. and the oldest president at the time of inauguration. In his first term, he survived an assassination attempt, escalated the War on Drugs, and fought public-sector labor. His wife, Nancy, began her "Just Say No" campaign against drugs.
According to the veteran acting/writing team, they have brought to life the stories of 34 different presidential couples and appeared together on stage over 8,700 times.
Reservations for this free performance are required by calling 877-226-7350 or by visiting www.mountmiguelcovenantvillage.org/events.
La Mesa health library
features art exhibit with 45 paintings
LA MESA -- The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now hosting an art exhibit featuring 45 paintings by Michael Dayon of La Mesa. The exhibit, ending Sept. 30, features Dayon’s paintings in a variety of media, including alkyd-oil, acrylic, gouache, graphite and mixed media. Also on display is Dayon’s “Fritz the Pearman” series (Fritz is Dayon’s “struggling artist” alter ego).
Now retired, Dayon can be found selling his paintings along with many artists on weekends at the Shelter Island Art Association’s Art-in-the-Park event on San Diego’s Shelter Island near the traffic circle. Dayon also is a member of the East County Art Association and Foothills Art Association. A native of Minnesota, Dayon started painting at age 26. He then diverted into sculpture and sold about 200 works in alabaster, marble and wood before returning to painting about 15 years ago.
Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Summer 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 Saturdays. For more information, phone (619) 825-5010 or visit…Continue
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.