Grossmont Healthcare District honors Healthcare Hero volunteers
May 20, 2012 (East County) -- Two volunteer physicians, two members of a community service club and a hospice volunteer were among this year’s recipients of a 2012 Healthcare Hero award from the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD).
(from left): GHD board members Dr. Michael Long, Debbie McElravy, Carol Lewis of the Kiwanis Club of Alpine, Dr. Robert Eisenberg of the San Diego Medical Society Foundation, Harry Bair of San Diego Hospice, Henry McAdams of La Mesa Lions Club, Dr. Steven Globus of Volunteers in Medicine, and GHD board members Michael Emerson, Gloria Chadwick, Bob Ayres.
“I want you to fight. Fight for me, fight for the millions of unheard voices.” – Raul Carranza
May 19, 2012 (San Diego)—When Medi-Cal cut Raul Carranza’s round-the-clock nursing care, the paralyzed student feared for his future. “Please join us so we can stop these cuts and save not only my life, but thousands of others,” Carranza said at the time, organizing rallies in an effort to restore in-home healthcare services.
May 13, 2012 (Santee) -- The 13th annual East County Senior Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, May 18, at the Santee Trolley Square shopping center, 9850 Mission Gorge Road, in Santee. Admission is free. The public is invited to attend.
The East County Senior Services Providers, a coalition of community organizations and agencies that serve seniors in the East County and organizers of the health fair, said more than 60 exhibit booths will include free health screenings for stroke, blood pressure, blood glucose/diabetes, video otoscope and more.
May 12, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is seeking public comment on a proposal encouraging manufacturers to consider the safety of children in the design of new X-ray imaging devices. In the draft guidance, FDA is recommending that manufacturers design new X-ray imaging devices with protocols and instructions that address use on pediatric patients.
May 12, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- Spring has sprung. Warm weather means kids are playing outside and families are firing up their grills and working on the lawn. Before you use spring-related products this season, the U.S. Consumer Protection Agency advises, check to see if they have been recalled. It could save your family's lives. You can find out more about these recalls at www.cpsc.gov.
May 10, 2012 (San Diego) -- On May 18, 2012, legendary HIV/AIDS advocate, civil rights activist, author and columnist Terry Angel Mason will be a guest speaker at the San Diego Neighborhood House Association, located at 841 South, 41st Street, San Diego, CA 92114. The special event will take place at 1:30 pm, and will include a discussion about HIV/AIDS prevention and book signing by the famed author.
By Brian Lafferty
May 7, 2012 (San Diego) – I recently thought about my future. I contemplated my dreams and wrote them down. Some of them are easily achievable while others are quite grand. I may not have accomplished much as an adult other than graduating from college, being a film critic and Autism columnist, and acquiring paralegal certification. But it’s not too late to dare myself to do great things.
May 4, 2012 (San Diego) – The California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, is seeking public help to collect enough signatures to qualify a measure for the ballot that will stop excessive rate hikes by health insurers and HMOs. The deadline for signature collection is Monday.
May 4, 2012 (Menlo Park, CA) -- To help the nearly 50 million Medicare beneficiaries, families and caregivers make informed decisions about health coverage, and millions more learn about Medicare before they become eligible, Kaiser Family Foundation has updated its online consumer guide with key information about the Medicare program, the benefits it provides, and the choices available.
April 27, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Drop-off unused prescription drugs, no questions asked, on April 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:
El Cajon Police: 100 Civic Center Way
La Mesa Police: 8085 University Ave.
Lemon Grove Sheriff’s Station: 3240 Main St.
Walgreens: 10512 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee
April 27, 2012 (Alpine) – The Southern Indian Health Council, Inc. will be holding its 6th annual Spring Gathering on April 28 at 4058 Willows Road, Alpine from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The event is to raise public awareness for sexual assault, child abuse and supervised visitation.
April 27, 2012 (La Mesa) -- A volunteer citizens group that is overseeing how the taxpayer-supported Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in voter-approved public financing for infrastructure improvement construction projects at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has issued its 2011 Annual Report to the Community.
April 25, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)-- Since 1992, the government’s Back-to-Sleep Campaign has encouraged parents to place infants on their backs to sleep. Still, more than 4,500 infants die unexpectedly during sleep each year in the United States. Now, a University of Missouri injury prevention researcher says that safe, separate sleep environments for infants are critical to preventing sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs).
April 24, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – A dairy cow carcass in central California has tested positive for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), better known as mad cow disease. Found during a routine random test conducted on a limited number of animals at rendering plants, this was the nation’s fourth case of BSE and the first found in the United States since 2006.
San Diego County Has Fared Well, but Residents Need to Stay Vigilant
April 21, 2012 (San Diego) -- With warmer weather and mosquito season fast-approaching, California legislators have declared April 22-28 “West Nile virus and Mosquito & Vector Control Awareness” week, reminding us all to be smart and protect ourselves from the potentially-fatal disease.
April 21-28 is National Infant Immunization Week
April 21, 2012 (San Diego County) -- There are 14 childhood diseases that could sicken children. The good news is that all of them can be prevented by vaccines. April 21-28 is National Infant Immunization Week which was created in 1994 to remind parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to ensure infants are fully immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases.
April 20, 2012 (La Mesa) -- A volunteer citizens group that is overseeing how the taxpayer-supported Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in voter-approved public financing for infrastructure improvement construction projects at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has issued its 2011 Annual Report to the Community.
A no cost community event with your elected officials to discuss the state of services to people with developmental disabilities in our community
April 20, 2012 (San Diego County) -- East County residents with developmental disabilities, their families, caregivers and those who support people with developmental disabilities are encouraged to join the Developmental Disabilities Provider Network (DDPN) for its 8th Annual Legislative Community Forum on Friday, April 27 from 9:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. at the Balboa Park Club, 2144 Pan America Road West, San Diego.
Seniors group at health care library to host discussion on chronic pain on Wednesday, April 25
April 16, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free seniors discussion group on “Chronic Pain, Natural Solutions to a Common Problem” disease from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 25.
By Kate Yapjoco
April 14, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- The annual free Spring Valley Community Health and Wellness Festival is being held April 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Spring Valley County Park, 8735 Jamacha Blvd., Spring Valley.
April 14, 2012 (Cupertino) -- Moon Marine USA Corporation (also known as MMI) of Cupertino, Calif. is voluntarily recalling 58,828 pounds of a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product, labeled as Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA. Nakaochi Scrape is tuna backmeat, which is specifically scraped off from the bones, and looks like a ground product.
April 12, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that the levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.
April 10, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Senior Resource Center and Sharp HospiceCare host a free conference for seniors geared toward future health care planning and communicating wishes with family and friends. The event includes presentations from health experts and community resources featuring health and senior service agencies. Program topics and speakers include:
April 7, 2012 (San Diego) -- Robin Gomez has been appointed administrator for Alvarado Hospital Medical Center effective immediately. In this role, she oversees all operations, physician relations and the hospital’s strategic direction. She also will be focused on patient satisfaction, patient safety and key customer service goals.
March 28, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The Senior Resource Center at Sharp-Grossmont Hospital offers free or low-cost educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health and community resources. For more information, call 619-740-4214 or write: PO Box 158, La Mesa, CA 91944. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit our web site at: http://www.sharp.com
Rain Brings Urban Runoff To County Beaches
March 26, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that the levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.
March 24, 2012 (La Mesa) -- It looks like a cannon ball with a handle, and it’s called a Kettlebell. This small exercise tool has been used in Eastern Bloc countries for hundreds of years, and it has made it to the USA.
"Women especially really enjoy kettlebell training because it targets the areas where they want to see measurable results" says Owner JJ Brawley, Head Coach and owner of La Mesa Fit Body Boot Camp.
March 18, 2012 (Sacramento) -- The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) announced new measures last week that will improve safety and strengthen protections for residents of the state’s developmental centers. These measures include independent oversight by a nationally recognized law enforcement specialist, new protocols for first responders to the scenes of possible abuse, new rules for investigations and additional training requirements for DDS peace officers.
392 Suicides Reported; County Officials Urge People to Get Help
March 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- A total of 392 suicides were reported last year, the highest number in 23 years. This and the tragic suicides reported recently prompted County mental health officials to remind the public to learn the warning signs of suicide and to seek help.
March 12, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning on March 6, 2012 about skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, and lotions that may contain mercury. Skin products containing mercury have been found in at least seven states. They are manufactured in other countries and marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles.