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$90,000 In Scholarships Awarded
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently awarded $90,000 in scholarships to 40 high school seniors who have expressed interest in a career as a healthcare professional.
The students from 21 local high schools in the East Region were selected by school administrators for their academic excellence, outstanding citizenship and a desire to serve in the healthcare field. Students from each high school will receive either $1,500 or $3,000 at the end of their first successfully-completed semester of college.
“We applaud these students who have demonstrated great potential in leading the next generation and shaping the future of healthcare,” said Michael Emerson, board president. “It’s important for us to invest in America’s youth and encourage these young adults as they continue their studies in the healthcare field with the goal of serving in the workforce of tomorrow.”
The students include (name of their high school follows the students’ names in parenthesis): Hannah Taggart, Jaelyn Henige (Christian); Tatyanna McKee-Cartwright (Diego Valley Charter); Destiny James (Innovation High); Sarah Ali, Sarah Yaqoob (El Cajon Valley); Kamrie Toney, Marwa Mohammad Azim (El Capitan); Malia Nowlen, Kendra Patterson (Foothills Christian); Brooke Johnson, Haley Willhelm (Granite Hills); Merna Nissan, Joseph Williams (Grossmont); Brianna Robbins, Theresa Slaiwa (Grossmont Middle College); Faith Mendoza, Omar Yusuf (Helix Charter); Kate Hummel, Michael Estrada (IDEA Center High); Symeon Elkins, Rita Al Ankawy (Liberty Charter); Ariana Mae Gaeta, Lauren Lee Simpson-Long (Monte…Continue
Chamber To Host Spring Expo
LA MESA -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its “2018 Spring Fling Business Expo” from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 26, at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa. The fourth annual event, open to the public, will showcase more than 40 exhibit booths featuring Chamber members, as well as a silent auction, raffle prizes, door prizes and food and beverages. Cost to attend is $20 per person. Tickets may be purchased online at www.lamesachamber.com, or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700.
Food and beverages providers will include BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Blue Lagoon Coffee, Brew Coffee Spot, Cali Comfort BBQ, Dream Dinners, El Torito La Mesa, Golden Spoon, Los Pinos Taco Shop, Luna Grill, Marie Callender’s, Pick Up Stix, Riviera Supper Club, Samuel Adams, Sycuan Casino, The Hills Local Pub and Valley Farm Market. Major sponsors include Mission Federal Credit Union as presenting sponsor and Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World and San Diego County Credit Union La Mesa as supporting sponsors, AAA Imaging as printing sponsor, Community Spectrum as video sponsor and East County Herald as community relations media sponsor.
Hospital Board Reviews Year
LA MESA -- The citizens group overseeing the spending of millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has issued its 2017 Annual Report to the Community.
The citizens group, called the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), consists of uncompensated East County residents who are monitoring how the public agency Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending bond proceeds on construction projects at the publicly-owned hospital.
The Annual Report highlights activities during the 2017 calendar year on several taxpayer-funded hospital construction projects financed by the Proposition G bond measure approved by voters in 2006.
During 2017, Notices of Completion were filed for two projects, including the hospital’s new Central Energy Plant (CEP) and Heart and Vascular (H&V) Center. The CEP features a cogeneration system that generates nearly 100 percent of the hospital’s electricity on site, making it no longer solely reliant on the electrical power grid. The CEP also powers all utility needs for the hospital, including medical equipment, space heating and air conditioning.
The final Prop G project construction also began in 2017 on the H&V Level 1 Surgery Floor, which will include four new cardiac catheterization labs and four multi-purpose procedural rooms that will support a wide range of surgeries, including general, open-heart, minimally invasive and image-guided procedures, as well as various endovascular interventional surgeries. The fully operational H&V Center will…Continue
Library to host
free meeting on care planning
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “It’s All About The Conversation,” a free program on advance care planning (ACP), from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 25. 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.
The Herrick Library program on April 25 will mark Sharp HealthCare’s recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) during the month of April. NHDD will be held this year on April 16. NHDD, an initiative of The Conversation Project in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, aims to help people across the U.S. understand the value of advance healthcare planning. NHDD exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.
Speaker at the program on April 25 will be John Tastad, coordinator of Sharp HealthCare’s ACP program. Tastad has served as a staff chaplain at Sharp HospiceCare for nine years, providing spiritual support to terminally ill patients and their family members. His academic training includes undergraduate studies at Northwest Christian University and the University of Oregon, and graduate studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and the University of San Diego. Now in his 17th year with Sharp HealthCare, John…Continue
Grossmont Center welcomes free health fair Saturday
LA MESA -- The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will present Health Fair Saturday, one of the largest annual free health fairs in San Diego’s East County Region, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, in the promenade area near the movie theaters at the Grossmont Center mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa.
The free event is expected to feature information booths, including health screenings by Sharp Grossmont Hospital health professionals for stroke and blood pressure, as well as the latest information on health-related techniques and products from for-profit and non-profit organizations. Additional information will be available on senior housing, home care services and assistance, senior recreation and fitness, health insurance, nutrition, cancer care and dentistry, as well as children’s care and services, diabetes care, Alzheimer’s resources, pet health, skin care and medication resources and counseling.
On a stage at the event will be interactive demonstrations. Also, the San Diego Blood Bank will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Event sponsors include the Grossmont Healthcare District, Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Grossmont Center. For more information, contact Rosemary Reed, event director, at the East County Chamber at (619) 440-6161, or visit…Continue
Grossmont Hospital history book featured at
book signing, lecture at Maxwell House of Books
Maxwell House of Books, an independent, used book retail book store in La Mesa, will host a book signing and lecture featuring La Mesa historian and author Jim Newland discussing his latest book on the history of Grossmont Hospital. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 29. Maxwell House of Books is located at 8285 La Mesa Blvd., in the heart of the historic La Mesa Downtown Village. According to Craig Maxwell, book store owner, proceeds from books sold that evening will be donated to the La Mesa Historical Society.
Newland’s latest book, “Grossmont Hospital: A Legacy of Community Service,” 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 now through the publisher’s website, as well as Amazon.
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), an East County regional public agency, assisted Newland and the publisher with the book’s research, providing historic photographs and documents. Several other local residents, including former and current doctors, GHD board members and Sharp HealthCare leaders, are listed as contributors.
Newland, author of “Around Mt. Helix,” “La Mesa” and…Continue
La Mesa Chamber of Commerce
saluted ‘Local Heroes’
(from left to right) Alex England, American Medical Response; Mike Boatright, RSVP; Ben Schafer, American Medical Response; Greg McAlpine, Heartland Fire and Rescue; Mary England, La Mesa Chamber of Commerce; Matthew Kirk, Heartland Fire and Rescue; Carlos Gaytan, Mesa Police Department; Chuck Jackson, RSVP; Eric Knudson, La Mesa Police Department.
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LA MESA -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s recent “Salute to Local Heroes” dinner program honored eight local heroes from law enforcement, fire district, paramedic field and retired senior volunteer patrol. This year’s honorees included: Alex England, emergency medical technician, and Ben Schafer, medic, American Medical Response; Greg McAlpine, deputy chief, and Matthew Kirk, captain, Heartland Fire and Rescue; Eric Knudson, master officer, and Carlos Gaytan, officer, La Mesa Police Department; Mike Boatright and Chuck Jackson, both volunteers, La Mesa Police Department Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol.
“These fine men have made a tremendous difference in our community and the annual dinner allows the entire community to come together and honor them,” said La Mesa Chamber President and CEO Mary England. “They have made a tremendous impact on the lives of others through their heroic acts, years of service, the recovery of stolen vehicles, and numerous volunteer hours through the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol.”
Sponsors for the event on March 8…Continue
What’s your risk of diabetes?
Take the Diabetes Risk Test,
then receive free food at Chick-fil-A
LA MESA -- San Diego-area Chick-fil-A restaurants, including the Grossmont Chick-fil-A at 8200 Parkway Dr., La Mesa, will host an “Alert Day” promotion on Tuesday, March 27 in partnership with the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
The ADA’s Alert Day is observed annually to encourage people to determine their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by taking the ADA’s free online risk test at www.diabetes.org/alertday. The risk test takes less than 60 seconds to complete and consists of seven questions covering such topics as family history, weight and age.
Any guest who visits a local Chick-fil-A restaurant between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, and shows a completed risk test, either a paper printout from the website page or shows an electronic copy on a smart phone, can receive free Chick-fil-A Grilled Nuggets (eight count). No personal information or test results will be collected. Limit of one free entree per customer, and offer is valid only on Tuesday, March 27 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Chick-fil-A’s Grilled Nuggets have been approved by the ADA as a healthy eating option for people with diabetes.
“We’re excited to partner once again with the ADA for its annual Alert Day,” said Rick Preciado, franchise operator, Grossmont Chick-fil-A in La Mesa. “We encourage the community to take the…Continue
Healing with Energy:
La Mesa health care library to host
free meeting on reiki on March 28th
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library in La Mesa will host “Reiki: Healing with Energy,” a free program from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 28. 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 Linda Bounds, a Reiki master, artist and educator who estimates that she has helped thousands of people in need with her Reiki-infused art and environmental energy therapies. She will explain how Reiki can complement your life by tapping into your personal Universal Life Force. She will share the fundamentals of this natural way to create healing environments that can release both physical and emotional blockages.
According to Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, “Reiki is a complementary health approach in which practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above a person, with the goal of facilitating the person’s own healing response. It is a Japanese technique for relaxation and stress reduction which is used for pain, anxiety, fatigue, depression, and other conditions.”
The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health…Continue
Young artist exhibits at
La Mesa health care library
LA MESA -- The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now presenting its Winter Art Exhibit showcasing 13 art pieces by Fabian Diaz Luevano of El Cajon.
The exhibit, which runs through the end of March, features a collection of charcoal and pencil figure drawings, a collage of newspaper clippings and a digital drawing. Diaz Luveano’s work has previously appeared at the El Cajon Public Library.
Born in central Mexico in 1991, Diaz Luevano, 26, lived in Tijuana until age 12 and then moved to the United States. He has studied art in Bordeaux, France, and at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. He graduated from Grossmont High School (class of 2009) and earned an honorable mention award in a national art competition. He also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the history of public policy from the University of California Santa Barbara. He currently works at Cuyamaca College as an English-language tutor and test proctor.
“My goal is to become an illustrator specializing in human anatomy,” said Diaz Luevano. “I’m interested in drawing complicated things, not man-made things, but rather things in nature and life and the human body.”
Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Winter 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…Continue