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 board member of Home of Guiding Hands, which advocates for people with developmental and intellectual challenges, and their families;

 -- Shawn Kelley of El Cajon, owner of Valley Automotive, an El Cajon auto repair shop, who volunteers with Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego, a group that responds to crisis situations to offer support to those in need;

 -- Dr. Tryna Ramos, a Kaiser Permanente hospital doctor who volunteers at El Cajon’s nonprofit Volunteers in Medicine, providing medial care to patients without health insurance and mentoring college students who volunteer at the clinic;

 -- Chuck and Jan Vermillion, a retired couple from Spring Valley who volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s “Road to Recovery Program,” offering free rides to medical appointments and treatments for those with cancer.

 “The purpose of the Healthcare Heroes Awards is to recognize volunteers whose unsung work in healthcare might not otherwise be celebrated,” said Michael Emerson, GHD board president. “We are proud to recognize the 2018 winners and their inspiring commitment to caring for others.”

 Awards were presented at a luncheon on Wednesday, May 16, at the Sycuan Golf Resort in El Cajon.

 Formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, the Grossmont Healthcare District now leases operations to Sharp HealthCare via a public-private partnership, and continues to own the hospital on behalf of local taxpayers. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent more than 500,000 people residing within the District's 750 square miles in San Diego's East County. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.

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