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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
Grossmont Healthcare District seeks to honor
volunteers with 2018 Healthcare Heroes awards
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking nominees for its 2018 Healthcare Heroes Awards. Now in its 12th year, the Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program recognizing volunteers who advance the delivery of quality health services in the East County region.
Volunteers are a significant part of care teams in local health organizations, working alongside doctors, nurses, community health workers, neighborhood navigators, community paramedics, and pharmacists to address the community’s medical and social needs. Nominees may include any individual volunteer or volunteer(s) of organizations who demonstrate selfless dedication beyond their paid duties.
“The purpose of the Healthcare Heroes Awards is to recognize volunteers whose unsung work in healthcare might not otherwise be celebrated,” said Michael Emerson, GHD board president. “We solicit the assistance of all East County residents in nominating their peers so we can recognize their commitment to care and inspire others.”
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 healthcare-related youth volunteers. Nominees from prior years are eligible to be nominated again, if they were not previously selected.
The 2017 winners included a…Continue
Grossmont Healthcare District continues
support to Home of Guiding Hands,
nursing care for developmentally disabled
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(from left to right: GHD board members Randy Lenac, Gloria Chadwick; Kaye Kelley, Mark Klaus, Edward Hershey, Home of Guiding Hands; GHD board members Michael Emerson, Virginia Hall, Robert “Bob” Ayres.
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The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of Home of Guiding Hands (HGH), an El Cajon-based non-profit organization that provides services, training and advocacy to infants, adolescents and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
The GHD board recently approved a $69,000 grant that will help provide nursing care to HGH clients who live independently in their own homes, as well as about 150 residents of 31 HGH-operated community-based homes in El Cajon, Lakeside, San Carlos and Santee.
“We are proud to support Home of Guiding Hands in their efforts to serve District residents with optimal nursing care throughout their lives,” said Michael Emerson, GHD board president. “We applaud HGH’s expanded scope and breath of support services and their dedication to maximize the independence, productivity and qualify of life for the developmentally disabled population.”
Founded in 1961, HGH provides services to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and autism. In addition to…Continue
Grossmont Hospital history book, preordering is underway
A soon-to-be-released book chronicling the history of Grossmont Hospital is now available for online ordering prior to its scheduled Jan. 8 release date in local bookstores. The book, “Grossmont Hospital: A Legacy of Community Service,” documents the history of the La Mesa hospital that is owned by the citizens of the East San Diego County region. The 153-page book, published by The History Press, can be ordered online through the publisher’s website, as well as Amazon.
Local historian James Newland, the book’s author, partnered with Grossmont Hospital and the Grossmont Healthcare District in chronicling the inspiring story of this iconic regional institution. “This book is really designed as a tribute to the vision and dedication of our community leaders from a previous generation to provide a public hospital both as a necessary healthcare provider as well as a manifestation of our region’s legitimacy as a modern community,” said Newland. “It also illuminates how our local hospital has continued to survive and thrive in the ever-changing American healthcare industry. After reading this book, I’m hoping people will see how Grossmont Hospital is even more impressive than at first glance as a landmark publicly-owned community hospital.”
Newland, a longtime La Mesa resident steeped in city history, has authored other books on the histories of La Mesa and Mt. Helix. He is past-president of the La Mesa Historical Society and has served on the La Mesa Planning Commission since 2014.
“I’m very impressed with the…Continue
La Mesa health library
presents watercolor art exhibit
The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now presenting its Fall Art Exhibit showcasing 20 watercolor paintings by Ruth Benjamin, a San Carlos resident.
The exhibit, ending Dec. 30, features paintings of birds, animals and landscapes, as well as paintings that express Benjamin’s psyche and imagination, revealing her views on the complexities of modern life.
The 80-year-old Benjamin is a retired teacher of children and adults with special needs. She began painting in earnest following her retirement from education. Over the years, she has studied with long time La Mesa teacher Takashi Igitchi, known for Sumi-e paintings that use ink and watercolor, and noted artist and teacher Lucy Wang, who has a studio in Balboa Park’s Spanish Village. Ruth and husband Ed spend their leisure time enjoying the activities, including socialization, lectures and exercise classes, held at the College Avenue Senior Center.
Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Fall 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 www.herricklibrary.org.…Continue
Army vs. Navy college football,
La Mesa Chick-fil-A vs.
restaurant owners have friendly wager
Two East County Chick-fil-A restaurant owners are taking seriously the Army vs. Navy college football game to be played this Saturday, Dec. 9. The annual game, which began in 1890, is considered one of the most traditional
Kyle Steck, operator of the Santee Chick-fil-A, 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, and Rick Preciado, operator of the Grossmont Chick-fil-A, 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, have agreed to a friendly wager.
Steck, a San Diego native who attended La Jolla Country Day School, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. His active-duty career included time spent on two ships before he retired as a lieutenant in 2011.
Preciado, born in the Panama Canal Zone while his father was in the U.S. Army, went on to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Perciado served on active duty for five years, including spending time in South Korea, and retired as a captain. The 6-foot-3 Preciado actually played for one season for the Black Knights as a walk-on freshman punter in1985. Navy won 17-7 that year.
In this week’s Steck vs. Preciado wager, the losing owner will visit the winning team’s restaurant the following week and perform a 21-pushup salute in the dining area. “We figured that 21 pushups would be better than a 21-gun…Continue