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February 16, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is soliciting nominees for its 2015 Healthcare Hero Awards. Now in its ninth year, the Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program that honors volunteers who help advance the delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region. Nomination forms are available at Deadline for submission of entries is 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at the GHD offices, 9001 Wakarusa St., in La Mesa.

Nominees for a 2015 Healthcare Hero Award can include a front-line volunteer caregiver, including a volunteer at a community clinic, junior volunteer, auxiliary member, healthcare educator and pastoral care provider, as well as a member of a service club, community group and advocacy or policy organization. Nominees also can include a first-responder or other healthcare professional who volunteers their time beyond their regular scope of job responsibilities, according to Robert “Bob” Ayres, 2015 GHD board president.

“We solicit the assistance of all East County residents because we want to recognize those unsung heroes of healthcare whose work might not otherwise be recognized,” said Ayres. “We want to honor those volunteers whose extraordinary care and selfless dedication inspires others to produce measurable outcomes that provide for a healthier East County community.”

For more information about the 2015 Healthcare Hero Awards, contact the GHD offices at The awards will be presented at a luncheon in May.

As a public agency, Grossmont Healthcare District supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, and serves as landlord of Grossmont Hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of East County taxpayers. The District, formed in 1952 to build and operate the hospital, is governed by a five-member board of directors 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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