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Bettie Wells Joins Grossmont Board
LA MESA -- El Cajon resident Bettie Wells has been appointed to serve on the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC) board of directors as a representative of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). GHC is the legal entity for the hospital lease agreement between Sharp Hea
lthCare and GHD, the East County public agency that serves as landlord of the hospital on behalf of taxpayers.
Wells, a psychological therapist, will serve on the GHC board as a representative of GHD board member Virginia Hall, who was elected to the GHD board in November.
“I’m very interested in the health and welfare of our community, so this is a wonderful opportunity to contribute towards coalition building that will promote positive change and maintain excellent patient care at the hospital,” said Wells. “I look forward to serving on the hospital board of directors, supporting a culture of health, and leveraging the strengths and resources available in our community in strategic coordination for the benefit of our citizens.”
Wells, a San Diego native, was born at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa and was raised in East County. She attended El Cajon schools, including W.D. Hall Elementary School, Madison Avenue Elementary, Montgomery Middle School and Granite Hills High School (clas
s of 1984). She has a bachelor’s degree in human development from San Diego Christian College and a master’s in counseling psychology from Southern California Seminary.
Wells has more than 20 years of experience in counseling and social work. Her career has included working as a case manager at Paradise Valley Hospital preparing…Continue
LA MESA -- New research shows that 7-in-10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving. It’s no longer safe to assume that people are just texting from behind the wheel; it involves taking selfies, watching videos and checking social media.
On Thursday, March 30, AT&T pioneers and La Mesa Police Department held an event at Helix High School, showcasing to local students the dangers of distracted driving through a virtual reality simulator. Using VR glasses, headphones and a screen, the AT&T It Can Wait Virtual Reality Simulator enabled students to experience a simulation of texting and driving. Students not only experienced close calls, but also an accident in the process.
More than 150 Helix High School students got to test out the simulator during the morning, enjoying the interaction and pedal simulators, all while learning about the dangers of texting and driving. In addition, La Mesa Police Department provided details about the current laws of driving and showcased goggle simulators for impaired driving.
Athena Hernandez, chairperson and Staff Associate TFS San Diego Central & SD Pioneer Council Secretary, Area Manager External Affairs John Osborne and other local employees and volunteers attended the event.
Springtime in La Mesa, means it is time for another Broadway musical production from La Mesa's own Peter Pan Junior Theater. Now in its 47th year, PPJT was started by Mr. Bob Kuhne while a teacher at Casa De Oro Elementary school. Mr. Kuhne brought the theater to La Mesa when he moved to Lemon Ave. Elementary School to teach 6th grade. Twenty-five years ago Kuhne handed the theater over to Dr. Mark Arapostathis, co-founder of La Mesa Arts Academy, Director of Theatre Arts at LMAAC and the Mayor of La Mesa. Under the direction of Dr. A, as he is known, the focus of the theater is to teach young students the principals of character and leadership using the arts as a mechanism to deliver these lessons. This year PPJT will produce the show, "My Fair Lady". 90 young actors will tell the story of George Barnard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” through song and dance. They will be accompanied by a full professional orchestra playing the favorite classic songs written by Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Lowe. Peter Pan Junior Theater is a La Mesa treasure and tradition. Tickets are available on line. www.ppjt.org.
The show will be staged at the Joan Kroc Theatre. April 5-8, 2017.
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
The Joy of Easter
LA MESA -- Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and, depending on which Gospel you read, one or two other women – Joanna? Salome? – arrived together on the third day to find Jesus’ tomb empty, then rushed to share the news with Simon Peter and that shadowy, never named disciple, “the one Jesus loved,” the one who ran ahead of Peter to the tomb and seeing it empty, understood and believed.
Running to find Jesus… together… celebrating… together… understanding… together… believing. Easter morning… Resurrection… walking the path of faith so many before us have trod… running to find Jesus… together.
The Joy of Easter.
The minister and people of The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa invite you to share the joy, to celebrate with us the resurrection of Christ.
April 16, 2017
The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa
5940 Kelton Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91942
We are an Open & Affirming congregation: All are welcome!
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