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Health Planners Seek Citizen Advice
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is soliciting public input as part of its strategic planning process. The public is requested to provide input at a 7 p.m. meeting on Monday, Sept. 10, at the GHD Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Refreshments will be served.
GHD is a taxpayer-supported public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, while managing nearly $240 million in voter-approved construction improvements at Grossmont Hospital.
“We are seeking the public’s input to help create the District’s roadmap for the future,” said Barry Jantz, chief executive officer of GHD. “We want perspectives and viewpoints from as many individuals as possible. The responses we receive from the public will be invaluable as the board of directors identifies the most critical factors for the District moving forward.”
Facilitating the meeting will be representatives from BHI Consulting, a firm that assists public agencies and organizations in strategic planning and risk management efforts. Jantz said that GHD staff members will collect any feedback and report it to the board in subsequent public meetings.
The District’s five-member board, each elected to four-year terms, represents more than 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles.
Formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, GHD serves as owner and landlord of the hospital facilities on behalf of local taxpayers. In 1991, GHD leased the hospital's operation to Grossmont Hospital Corporation, a non-profit entity part of Sharp HealthCare of San Diego. The 30-year lease expires May 2021. GHD also operates the Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a public library specializing in health information, located at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.