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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
La Mesa Man Won Super Bowl Trip
LA MESA -- Union Bank announced that Donald Gustavson of La Mesa, Calif. was the grand prize winner of “From Sofa to Stadium” Visa Super Bowl LI Sweepstakes for Union Bank.
“Union Bank joined with Visa to bring our cardholders a truly once in a lifetime experience,” said Brian Milton, Head of Consumer Finance and Payments for Union Bank. “We were excited to offer this sweepstakes and give our clients a chance to win by using their Union Bank Visa Credit Card.”
Gustavson received a four-day/three-night trip for two to Houston to watch the Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017. The prize included airfare, hotel accommodations, grand transportation, a prepaid Visa Gift card for $250, VIP passes for two to the NFL Experience, game day tickets for two to Super Bowl LI and Super Bowl LI merchandise.
A Union Bank customer for almost 40 years and a huge football fan, Gustavson was thrilled to win.
“I can’t thank Union Bank enough. It was a dream come true for my wife and me to go to the Super Bowl,” said Gustavson, who played football in high school in New Jersey where his team attained championship status several times. “Football has always been a big part of my life,” he added.
After watching the first half in the stands, Gustavson and his wife were escorted to the field for the half-time show.
“The half-time show with Lady Gaga was spectacular. There’s nothing like the energy on that field,” said Gustavson. “What a great game of football by both teams. Thanks Union Bank and Visa for making this happen.”
The sweepstakes started on August 28, 2016 and ended on November 15, 2016. There was one grand prize winner. To enter…
A new backcountry healthcare clinic currently under construction in Campo will have $1 million for new medical equipment thanks to the La Mesa-based Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), an East County regional public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region.
GHD’s board of directors recently approved a $1 million grant to Mountain Health & Community Services, Inc. for its new health center in Campo to be called Mountain Health Family Medicine.
The award, the largest single community grant in GHD’s history, is planned to cover the purchase of equipment for primary care exams, surgical procedures, dental examinations, X-rays and on-site lab testing, along with other patient care support functions.
“When we hope to start seeing patients in June 2017, our new clinic in Campo will provide comprehensive primary care services to the most medically vulnerable population in rural East County,” said Judith Shaplin, president and CEO of Mountain Health. “This grant from the Grossmont Healthcare District will greatly help us serve low-income and medically underserved residents in the 950-square-mile Mountain Empire region.”
Founded in 1975, Mountain Health operates six federally qualified health centers in Campo, Alpine, Escondido, Santee and San Diego. It also provides health services at several public schools in rural East County communities. In 2016, Mountain Health said it served more than 8,000 patients, many who…Continue
The Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts, Inc. (PSWA) will present its 44th annual California Open Wildlife Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19, at Liberty Station in San Diego’s Point Loma area. The festival, open to the public, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both weekend days at Liberty Station’s Corky McMillin Event Center, NTC Promenade, 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego. Admission is $5 per person per day, and children under 12 years of age are free. For more information, visit www.PSWA.net.
On display will be wildlife paintings and photography, along with sculptures of traditional wooden hunting decoys of wildfowl, fish and birds. This year’s exhibition will attract more than 100 top carvers, wildlife artists and art lovers from all over the U.S., Canada, Russia and Japan.
Gary De Cew, PSWA president, has announced this festival will be the last one. Officials cite funding cuts and lower public interest in the art of carved
Several East County artists will participate, including painters Gloria Chadwick of El Cajon, Peggy Bradshaw Palm of Alpine, Scott Streit of La Mesa and Ron Dotson of Jamul, as well as Bob Berry of El Cajon, a six-time world champion carver.
Other artists include Michael Crook, Pat Gilmore, Susan Mae Hull, Gary Johnson, Sue Kroll and…Continue
Grant Awarded To Help Refugees
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), with offices in La Mesa,has awarded a $10,000 grant to License to Freedom, an El Cajon-based nonprofit that assists Middle Eastern refugees and immigrants with cultural assimilation and health education.
The grant will support License to Freedom’s community outreach efforts, particularly as they relate to cultural adjustment to American healthcare norms. Outreach includes providing culturally competent health education classes taught in Arabic to recent refugees and immigrants now living in the East County. Taught by existing refugee healthcare workers, pastors and social workers, the classes will cover the basics about the U.S. health system. Classes will emphasize the availability of healthcare services at nearby community clinics and urgent care centers, instead of hospital emergency rooms.
Classes also will cover hospital emergency room protocol, according to Dilkhwaz Ahmed, executive director, License to Freedom. “If a family member goes to an emergency room, it is the custom of Middle Eastern community for the entire family to show up in support, but this can put a strain on the facility because American privacy regulations do not accommodate this cultural practice,” Ahmed said.
She said classes will be held at churches, parks and community centers. The funds will also support advertisements addressing cultural adaptation to refugees through Arabic newspapers, radio programs and social media channels.
Ahmed said some of East County’s recent refugees will be escapees from Syria’s nearly six-year, multi-sided civil war between government…Continue
The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County will present its 51st annual Conrad’s Supper Club, formerly called the Children’s Ball, a fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Omni San Diego Hotel, 675 “L” St., Downtown San Diego. Reception will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner beginning at 7 p.m. and live auction at 8:30 p.m.
The annual event has been renamed in honor of the late philanthropist Conrad Prebys, who passed away in July 2016 at age 82. Prebys, one of San Diego County’s most successful business executives, gave hundreds of millions of dollars to a wide range of causes, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County.
Also recognized at the Feb. 25 fundraiser will be La Mesa residents Ron and Mary Alice Brady, donors and namesake for the soon-to-be-constructed Brady Family Clubhouse on the campus of La Mesa Arts Academy, previously known as La Mesa Middle School. The new 25,000-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, a full-service kitchen and nutrition center and Little Rascals area for 5-to-7-year olds, plus a 10,000-square-foot Bill Walton Gymnasium, named after the La Mesa native, Helix High graduate (class of 1970) and former professional basketball player.
Individual tickets to the Feb. 25 fundraiser begin at $325 per person. About 350 people are expected to attend. To RSVP, call Samantha Olsen, director of development, at (619) 440-1600 or visit https://bgcec.org/event/conradssupperclub2017/.
Performing at the fundraiser will be the Republic of Music band. Items included in a fantasy drawing will include a vacation in Italy for two, passes to Disneyland, custom creations from Blumenthal's Jewelry, $1,000 cash and an elegantly displayed designer table. Items included in a live auction will include a suite at an…Continue
There are too many temptations for those living at Mount Miguel Covenant Village to sit back and watch the world go by. The nearby City of San Diego, the mountain views, activities galore, and for one resident, the call of the road and some delicious apple pie waiting for him in Julian, a small city located in the Cuyamaca mountains.
Moving to Mount Miguel gave resident Win Dean the perfect spot to settle and call home. Mount Miguel offers a continuum of care in a faith-based setting, both of which were important to Dean and his wife of 58 years when choosing a retirement community. The mountain backgrounds found in southern California were an added bonus for the traveler who had planned to continue trekking across the U.S. on a 44-year-old Honda CB750K motorcycle.
Since 2011, Dean (age 85) has visited the corners of the U.S. on his motorcycle and cruised through all of the perimeter states, totaling 10,500 miles on that tour. His second ride of 6,000 miles through the interior states included a meeting in Kansas as a representative of Mount Miguel Covenant Village, one of 12 continuing care communities operated by Covenant Retirement Communities. In his travels, he has visited more than 100 countries, with New Zealand, France, and Italy counting among his favorites.
La Mesan Named 2017 Board President
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently elected its board officers for the 2017 calendar year.
La Mesa resident Michael Emerson was elected as board president, Gloria Chadwick as vice president and Virginia Hall, GHD’s newest board member, as secretary. Board member Robert “Bob” Ayres, previous board president since July 2014, was selected by Emerson to serve as board treasurer. Also serving on the five-member board is Randy Lenac, who also recently joined the board of directors for the Association of California Healthcare Districts as a GHD representative.
“I’m very excited and both honored and privileged as we look ahead and take advantage of opportunities to serve our community,” Emerson said, “I have seen firsthand how seriously we take our role of addressing unmet healthcare needs and monitoring the health care services provided under contract at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Every constituent can feel confident that we are committed to doing our utmost to assure that patients’ needs are met and that reasonable expectations are exceeded.”
Emerson, who joined the GHD board in 2008, is serving for the first time as board president. Emerson also serves on the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC) board of directors,the legal entity for the hospital lease agreement between Sharp HealthCare and GHD. In addition to serving on the 15-member GHC board, Emerson serves on three GHC committees, including Finance, Facilities and Quality and Safety.
During his time on the GHD board, Emerson spearheaded the partnership between GHD and the County of San Diego’s “Live Well San Diego” program. Last year, the GHD…Continue