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Grant Forum Will Help Community
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various nonprofit health-related community programs and services in the East County Region, will host a free question-and-answer forum about its community grants program from 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, at the GHD Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Community-based healthcare organizations providing health-related services to local residents are invited to attend to learn more about GHD’s community grants program.
Since 1996, GHD has supported community-based nonprofit organizations, as well as the publicly-owned Sharp Grossmont Hospital, with more than $52 million in grants and sponsorships. About half of the funds have gone to local nonprofit, health-related organizations while the other half has enhanced services at Sharp Grossmont Hospital with things such as state of the art medical equipment purchases.
GHD’s board of directors recently approved a budget allocation of $2.3 million for grants and sponsorships for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, beginning July 1. According to the GHD grants policy, applications for grants from nonprofits will be accepted between July 1 and Dec. 30, 2018.
GHD officials said the July 19 forum is designed to help organizations determine their eligibility for the upcoming 2018-2019 grants cycle. “We’re proud to support the efforts of local community healthcare organizations that help build better lives for our East Region residents,” said Michael Emerson, GHD board president. “We look forward to having District staff answer questions from potential…Continue
Can you prevent a stroke?
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Stroke Prevention and Recognition,” a program about steps to prevent a stroke and recognize the signs of a stroke, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 27. 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.
Presenter on June 27 will be Sheila Erickson, director, Acute Care Stroke Department, Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Erickson, a Registered Nurse, BSN, MBA, has worked with Sharp HealthCare since June 1980. She attended Grossmont College’s School of Nursing and has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing science from the University of the Pacific. She has been involved with stroke education with Sharp HealthCare since June 2006. The Stroke Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital is recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association with the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said, “Someone in the United States has a stroke about once every 40 seconds, which means that every year more than 795,000 people have a stroke. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. This presentation will teach you about ways to prevent stroke by monitoring your blood pressure and living a healthy lifestyle. You also will learn how to recognize and act quickly if you…Continue
10th Annual Taste of La Mesa
LA MESA -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will present its 10th Annual Taste of La Mesa from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 11, at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa. The event, which is open to the public, will feature networking and unlimited food sampling (while supplies last) from local restaurants and food providers. In addition, local businesses will be on hand with exhibit tables. Parking is free and shuttle service will be available. General admission tickets begin at $40 per person. VIP admission is $60 per person, which includes parking and a pre-event reception that begins at 5 p.m. Pricing does not include beverages. Alcoholic beverages are $5 per glass and bottled water and soda are $1. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://lamesachamber.net/taste/ or call the Chamber office, (619) 465-7700.
Presenting sponsor is Sycuan Casino. San Diego Gas & Electric and Barona Resort & Casino are supporting sponsors. Additional sponsors include East County Herald newspaper, American Medical Response, Kirk Paving, Inc., Mission Federal Credit Union, Virginia Napierskie, AT&T, Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World, Erickson-Anderson Mortuary, Lily’s Manufactured Homes, San Diego County Credit Union in La Mesa, San Diego Eye Professionals, Orangetheory Fitness La Mesa, Total Thermal Imaging, USE Credit Union La Mesa, Mr. Neon, Kostedt Design & Marketing, Royal Florist Design, AAA Imaging, Global Protection Group, Advanced Shuttle Services, LLC., Courtesy TV Sales & Service, La Mesa Summit Estates, and Studio M.I.F.…Continue
Oasis at Grossmont Center hosts
free program on Grosmont Hospital history
LA MESA -- San Diego Oasis, a nonprofit that promotes successful aging throughout San Diego County for anyone over age 50, will host author and local historian Jim Newland for a special presentation discussing a new book on the history of Grossmont Hospital from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 31, at the Oasis Lifelong Learning Center at the Grossmont Center mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa. The public is invited to attend this free presentation. For more information, call (619) 881-6262 or visit www.sandiegooasis.org.
Newland is the author of “Grossmont Hospital: A Legacy of Community Service,” a book that chronicles the history of Grossmont Hospital as one of the most revered local community institutions in La Mesa and the East County. The La Mesa hospital, owned by the citizens of the East San Diego County region, opened in 1955. The 153-page book, published by The History Press, is available in local book stores and can be ordered online through the publisher’s website, as well as Amazon.
Newland, a manager and historian with California State Parks, partnered with Sharp Grossmont Hospital and the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency, to chronicle the history of history of the publicly-owned hospital. The book highlights the doctors, nurses, administrators, civic-leaders, volunteers, donors, patients and families who have contributed over the decades to this iconic regional institution. Several local…Continue
Emergency Room Volunteer A 'Hero'
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a La Mesa-based public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services, recently honored La Mesa resident Ally Kellogg with a 2018 Healthcare Hero award. 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.
Kellogg, age 23, volunteers on Saturdays at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in the hospital’s Emergency Department (ED), considered one of the busiest in the state. Her role is to calm anxious visitors whose loved ones are undergoing assessment and treatment behind the darkened glass doors. She also trains other ED volunteers at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Since 2015, she has logged more than 475 hours of volunteer service at the hospital. As a student at Helix High School in La Mesa, the La Mesa native volunteered more than 300 hours in the school’s sports medicine clinic as an athletic trainer. Kellogg, who currently works as an emergency medical technician for a private company, is planning a career in healthcare, perhaps in physical therapy or as a physician’s assistant.
Additional recipients of a GHD 2018 Healthcare Hero award included:
-- Dee Davis of Alpine, the owner of a mechanical engineering company who volunteers to help victims of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence with the Center for Community Solutions of San Diego on its Sexual Assault Response Team;
-- Rick Doremus of San Carlos, a retired airline industry executive who since 1995 has served as a…Continue
Police Shoot Armed Assailant
LA MESA — A knife-wielding attacker threatened a 13-year-old girl on Fletcher Parkway just before 9 a.m. this morning and was eventually confronted by police and shot twice.
Police said the 34-year-old man charged at officers wielding a machette and was subdued by shots from a La Mesa Police officer in the abdoman and arm. Officers instantly applied first aid and the attacker was rushed to surgery and was reported in stable condition this evening.
Police say the incident started with a call that the man had attacked a 13-year-old girl on her way to school and had thrown a pocket knife at her. The girl ran away across Fletcher Parkway and found shelter in a Subway Sandwich shop. Police responding to the call confronted the assailant nearby and found him armed with other knives, including the machette.
The man was identified as Bernard Graham of Spring Valley. The officer whi fired the shot was put on routine administrative leave pending an investigation. Because the event happened along a busy thoroughfare police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to call (619) 667-4100.
Military families invited for
free food at La Mesa Chick-fil-A
LA MESA -- The San Diego-area Chick-fil-A restaurants, including the Grossmont Chick-fil-A at 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, will honor the community’s military personnel and their families with free food and entertainment at its annual Military Appreciation Night on Wednesday, May 23.
Between 4 and 7 p.m., any active duty member of the military or retired veteran with a military ID or proof of service, along with their immediate family members, will receive their choice of a free entrée at any of the 14 San Diego-area Chick-fil-A restaurants. Choices include the Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Sandwich, eight-count Nuggets or three-count Chick-n-Strips. The event also will include raffles for the opportunity to win prizes, music entertainment and a visit from the “Eat Mor Chikin” Cow.
“We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to those who have honorably served our nation,” said Rick Preciado, franchise operator of the Chick-fil-A in La Mesa. “We hope they, along with their families, will join us as we show our appreciation for all they do.”
This will be Chick-fil-A’s 11th annual Military Appreciation Night locally. The event began in 2008, when there were only four Chick-fil-A restaurants operating in San Diego.
Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are located in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee, La Mesa, Escondido, National City and in San Diego on Sports Arena Blvd., Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa, Carmel Mountain…Continue
Weighing the Option Of New Joints
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Joint Replacement,” a program on hip and knee total joint replacement surgeries and hip resurfacing procedures, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 23. 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.
Presenter on May 23 will be Astrid LeTouzic, R.N., orthopedic program manager, Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Joint Endeavor Program. The hospital’s Joint Endeavor program was launched in 1989, and later implemented at all Sharp hospitals in San Diego in 1994. The Joint Endeavor team includes board-certified surgeons with a special interest and expertise in joint replacement, physical therapists, case managers, nurses and social workers. The team looks at every step of the patient's care, from preoperative tests to post-discharge home safety, to ensure that patients achieve the best possible outcomes. The program includes patient education, clinical pathways, multimodal pain management (to better control pain, lower narcotic use and improve function with fewer complications) and postoperative rehabilitation.
Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said, “This class will be an informative presentation about the hospital’s hip and knee replacement program. You will learn about the hospital’s journey to become a Center for…Continue
Padres Double Play Means Chicken For All
LA MESA -- The 14 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the two East County restaurants at 9418 Mission Gorge Road in Santee and 8200 Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa, are partnering with the San Diego Padres for a “Chick-fil-A Double-Play” promotion during the 2018 season at Petco Park.
Any time the Padres complete a double play during a home game, guests can bring their ticket stub to a local Chick-fil-A restaurant the following day to redeem a free Chick-fil-A Original Chicken Sandwich.
“A modern classic, the Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich pairs perfectly with America’s classic game,” said Rick Preciado, franchise operator of the Chick-fil-A in La Mesa. “We’re excited to support our home team and encourage loyal fans to join us in celebrating a Padres double play with a sandwich on us.”
Offer is limited to one free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich per customer per day with valid ticket stub. Offer is valid only at participating Chick-fil-A restaurants on the day after the Padres completed a double play during a 2018 home game. Because Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays, when double plays are made during Saturday home games, guests can redeem their free sandwich on the following Monday. To view the 2018 San Diego Padres home game schedule, visit www.mlb.com/padres.
“A double play turned by the Padres is a great play, and Chick-fil-A is making it even better with the Chick-fil-A Double Play promotion,” said Sergio Del Prado, vice president of corporate partnerships, San Diego Padres. “We are proud to…Continue