East County News Service
January 29, 2018 (La Mesa) – The volunteer citizens group monitoring the spending of millions of dollars in public funds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital has a new member. Jimmy Parker, a certified public accountant (CPA), has joined the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC). The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), the public agency managing the bond-financed construction at the hospital, recently approved the appointment of Parker to the ICBOC.
ICBOC members are volunteer East County residents, charged with monitoring the expenditure of funds from the $247 million, voter-approved 2006 Proposition G bond measure. Specific seats on the ICBOC are filled by individuals representing various constituency groups and business sectors, such as project management, large-scale construction operations, finance, labor, the Taxpayers Association, and healthcare. Based on his experience in a senior-level decision-making position, Parker will serve on the ICBOC as a finance representative.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity to serve,” said Parker, a La Mesa resident who has worked as a CPA for the past 42 years. “I am passionate about protecting the community’s interests in their publicly-owned hospital. I look forward to my involvement in maintaining and monitoring the health care services and having the best hospital possible for our friends, neighbors and community.”
Parker served for nine years (2007-2016) on the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC) board of directors, including two years as board chairman and five years as chair of the Finance Committee. GHC has operational responsibility of the 540-bed Grossmont Hospital on behalf of Sharp HealthCare.
Parker co-founded the Parker & Riddick CPA firm in 1976, which operated until replaced in 2013 with a new partnership called Jimmy L. Parker CPA, a Professional Corporation. Parker’s areas of specialization include corporate, partnership and individual tax planning and return preparation, audit and reviews, estate tax planning, financial planning and accounting software implementation.
In addition to GHC, his community involvement has included the YMCA, La Mesa Optimist Club, Santee Exchange Club and Hotspurs-USA Soccer Club. He also was involved with raising funds to construction an outdoor stadium at Valhalla High School and later honored by the Parent-Teacher-Student Association with their highest award for volunteers.
Parker attended San Diego State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1973, and then earned his California CPA certificate in January 1975. He holds a California Community College lifetime teaching credential after teaching introductory accounting at Grossmont College for a number of years.
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 www.grossmonthealthcare.org.