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East County News Service

January 15, 2019 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors has elected its 2019 board officers.

Randy Lenac, who recently won reelection to his second four-year term, was elected as 2019 board president. Virginia Hall was elected as vice president and Robert “Bob” Ayres was elected as secretary. Lenac selected Gloria Chadwick to serve as treasurer. Also serving on the five-member board is Michael Emerson, who served as board president in 2017 and 2018.

“I’ve served on this board since 2014 and I’m continually impressed with the collective wisdom and selfless dedication of my board colleagues to serve the taxpayers in our district,” said Lenac. “Every constituent can feel confident that this board is committed to our role of addressing unmet healthcare needs and supporting the community to the greatest extent possible.”

Lenac, a resident of Campo, was appointed to the GHD board in July 2014 and elected to a four-year term in November of the same year. In November 2018, he was reelected. Since 2011, Lenac, a retired Marine, has served on the board of the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC), the operator of Sharp Grossmont Hospital. He also represents GHD on the Association of California Healthcare Districts board, a statewide organization representing healthcare districts.

Hall, a retired registered nurse, was elected to the GHD board in November 2016. She worked in healthcare from 1973 to 2004, including at several hospital emergency rooms, clinics and research facilities. Since 2004, Hall has worked in real estate and has been active in the Santee community, serving as 2016 president of the Santee Chamber of Commerce.

Ayres, a retired banking executive with more than 50 years of experience in both public and private-sector banking and construction financing and management, joined the GHD board in 2010. The El Cajon resident has been twice elected to four-year terms, in 2012 and 2016.

Chadwick, a retired psychiatric nurse, has served on the GHD board since 1998, when she became the first woman elected to the board in 22 years. In 2000, she became the first woman in GHD history to serve as board president. The Dehesa Valley resident has been reelected to the GHD board five times, including most recently in November 2018.

Emerson, a registered dispensing optician (RDO) who joined the GHD board in 2008, also serves on the Grossmont Hospital Corporation. The La Mesa resident was reelected to four-year terms on the GHD board in 2012 and 2016. Prior to joining the GHD board, he served on the Grossmont Hospital Corporate Board beginning in March 2007.

The Grossmont Healthcare District is a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in the East Region. Formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, GHD 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

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