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Articles by Rick Griffin

The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now presenting its Spring 2017 art exhibit featuring 37 photographs shot by three amateur photographers who work as laboratory scientists at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. The show runs through June 30. The photographers include Celeste Saxer of Santee, Mary Peddecord of Del Cerro and Cari Gallenson of Carmel Valley.

A camp counselor with a big (and new) heart, a woman who drives seniors to doctor appointments, an 83-year-old retired psychologist, a new U.S. citizen from Iraq and a 17-year-old high school student were among local volunteers recently recognized with a 2017 Healthcare Heroes award from the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD).

A final push is underway to locate any old photographs, faded newspaper clippings, promotional materials and other historical documents for possible inclusion in a yet-to-be-published book chronicling the history of Grossmont Hospital and Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD).

El Cajon resident Bettie Wells has been appointed to serve on the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC) board of directors as a representative of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). GHC is the legal entity for the hospital lease agreement between Sharp HealthCare and GHD, the East County public agency that serves as landlord of the hospital on behalf of taxpayers.

Wells, a psychological therapist, will serve on the GHC board as a representative of GHD board member Virginia Hall, who was elected to the GHD board in November.

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, awarded $88,500 in scholarships to 39 high school students who have expressed interest in a career as a healthcare professional. The scholarships were presented at the GHD board meeting on Friday, March 17.

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 Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently elected its board officers for the 2017 calendar year.

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host County Supervisor Dianne Jacob for its first breakfast meeting of the year starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Marie Callender’s restaurant, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego. Breakfast sponsors include Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World and Hornbrook Center for Dentistry.

Two longtime Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board members retained their seats in the recent November 2016 election, plus voters elected a new face to join the five-member board that represents more than 500,000 people residing in the district’s 750 square miles in East County.

The volunteer 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 elected its chairman and vice chairman to serve through June 2017.

La Mesa resident Glen Sparrow, a retired San Diego State University (SDSU) professor, and El Cajon resident Jeffrey Olson, division chief of assessment services, San Diego County Assessor’s Office, will serve as chair and vice chair, respectively.