Update February 23, 2017 - Hear our interview with Dr. Patrick Sullivan, originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM radio, by clicking the audio download link.
Dr. Patrick Sullivan alleges he was harassed into resigning after blowing the whistle on secret videotaping of female patients and other concerns; hospital denies wrongdoing
February 5, 2017 (La Mesa) – Dr. Patrick Sullivan, an anesthesiologist with 25 years’ experience locally, has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against Sharp Grossmont Hospital and retained a high-powered trial lawyer.
February 22, 2017 (San Diego) — San Diego Republican Congressman Darrell Issa on Tuesday announced that he has released a “discussion draft” of his bill to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a new plan. Issa’s “The Access to Insurance for All Americans Act” would give all Americans access to buy in to same insurance plans provided to federal employees and their families—but not at the heavily discounted rates provided to federal workers.
February 22, 2017 (San Diego) – California could become the first state in the nation to have universal healthcare coverage for all residents, if a bill introduced by State Senators Toni Atkins from San Diego and Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens becomes law.
Photo: Sam Kassegne, deputy director for the CSNE at SDSU, and colleagues developed electrodes made out of glassy carbon. (Credit: Sam Kassegne)
February 20, 2017 (San Diego) - When people suffer spinal cord injuries and lose mobility in their limbs, it’s a neural signal processing problem. The brain can still send clear electrical impulses and the limbs can still receive them, but the signal gets lost in the damaged spinal cord.
February 20, 2017 (San Diego's East County) –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.
February 17, 2017 (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 program on “Coloring for Stress Relief” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.
February 14, 2017 (La Mesa) –More than a decade after East County voters approved Proposition G, a $247 million bond measure that provided taxpayer funds for improvements at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, the final construction contract was awarded to San Diego-based Swinerton Builders by Grossmont Healthcare District.
February 15, 2017 (Spring Valley) - You’re invited to Spring Into Healthy Living on March 15th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the McGrath Family YMCA (12006 Campo Road) in Spring Valley. The (free) health and wellness fair for seniors will include free health screenings, speakers and information on how to avoid scams, driver safety and fire safety, and more.
February 14, 2017 (Campo) – A new backcountry healthcare clinic currently under construction in Campo will have $1 million for new medical equipment thanks to the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), an East County regional public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region.
February 13, 2017 (Lakeside) - With Zika and West Nile Virus in the news, now is a perfect time to get educated. San Diego County Vector Control's Michelle Christina will lend her expertise on these fascinating insects and how to live with them at a free program hosted by the Lakeside River Park Conservancy (12108 Industry Rd., Lakeside) on Saturday, Feb. 25th at 10 a.m.
February 11, 2017 (Washington D.C.) — Just two weeks after a court blocked merger of insurance giants Aetna and Humana, the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. has blocked another major insurance merger. This time, the court halted Anthem’s proposed merger with Cigna, the Wall Street Journal reports. The court sided with California and 11 other states, as well as the Obama Justice Department, which had argued that the merger would reduce price competition and lower the quality of healthcare.
February 11, 2017 (Jamul) -The San Diego Blood Bank will accept blood donations at Hollywood Casino ‑ Jamul on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 1:30 pm ‑ 7 pm. The drive will be held at14145 Campo Road, Jamul, in Training Rooms 1 & 2
February 11, 2017 (El Cajon) - The San Diego Blood Bank will accept blood donations at Granite Hills High School on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 8 am ‑ 1:30 pm. The drive will be held at 1719 E Madison Ave., El Cajon in the Wrestling Room.
About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood. One pint of blood, which is the amount volunteers give when they donate blood, can save up to three lives. Approximately, 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10% do annually. Since blood is always needed, volunteers are asked to give blood for patients, such as those going through cancer or trauma.
February 11, 2017 (Santee) – Mountain Health celebrates the grand opening of Santee Family Medicine, the organization’s 5th health center location, on February 11th at 120 Town Center Parkway in Santee. There will be an open house and guided tours, free blood pressure screenings, help with Medi-Cal and Covered California, dental information, vendors, speakers and a blood drive.
February 10, 2017 (San Diego) — After doctors attributed the death of a California man to medical marijuana contaminated by a deadly fungus, the University of California, Davis Medical Center arranged testing on 20 medical marijuana samples statewide. The vast majority were found to be contaminated with dangerous fungi and bacteria, CBS news reports.
February 8, 2017 (San Diego) - I am reaching out to you today on behalf of the millions of patients with celiac disease, non-celiac wheat/gluten sensitivity, and other autoimmune diseases. I am deeply concerned about the possible removal of key protections in current law that guarantee access to comprehensive and affordable insurance coverage for patients with pre-existing health conditions. As Congress begins work to replace the Affordable Care Act, we are encouraged by the recognition that affordable protection for patients should be retained.
February 7, 2017 (East County) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has awarded a $10,000 grant to License to Freedom, an El Cajon-based nonprofit that assists Middle Eastern refugees and immigrants with cultural assimilation and health education.
February 6, 2017 (La Mesa) –The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking applicants for two scholarship programs, one for nursing students and another for students pursuing careers as medical health technicians.
February 6, 2017 (San Diego) -- Did you know there are over 2 million heart attacks and strokes each year resulting in 800,000 deaths and even more depilating injuries?
Valentine’s Day is coming up, so besides the chocolate and flowers, consider the best gift you can give someone this year is a commitment to a healthy heart! This is a great gift to give (and receive) to any loved ones in your life. I promise, they want YOU more than candy or flowers!
February 4, 2017 (Sacramento) - Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) this week introduced new bills that will strengthen the San Diego River Conservancy (SB 214), bolster language-assistance services in medical care (SB 223), and help prosecute human traffickers (SB 230).
Planning Commission meeting Feb. 10 to draft changes to zoning ordinance; next Supervisor hearing is Feb. 14 with final vote March 15
By Thea Skinner
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors moved on Jan. 25th to have staff draft a ban prohibiting medical and non-medical marijuana facilities in unincorporated areas by April 15. Existing and previously approved medical marijuana dispensaries would be phased out and shut down after five years.
A draft to repeal and replace the zoning ordinance regulating marijuana facilities will be on the Planning Commission agenda Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. in the County Operations Center Campus Chamber (5520 Overland Ave, San Diego. See map). View the Planning Commission report.
The packed room gathered 31 individuals wishing to speak, 12 in favor and 19 in opposition, with two requests for group presentations. Eleven individuals registered their opinion with two in favor and nine in opposition.
Honor recognizes comprehensive care to treat heart disease, nation's leading cause of death for women
East County News Service
February 1, 2017 (La Mesa) -Sharp Grossmont Hospital has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care by the Women’s Choice Award®, a nationwide referral source that identifies the country’s best health care institutions based on clinical criteria and surveys. The award signifies that Sharp Grossmont Hospital is in the top 9 percent of 4,789 U.S. hospitals offering heart care services.
Photo, left: “Here at The Nile Sisters we’re really trying to address health disparities and improve access to care for our refugee and immigrant population,” Susan Hagos, the health advocacy coordinator for The Nile Sisters Initiative, said.
February 1, 2017 (San Diego) -- The Nile Sisters Initiative hosted a panel at The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on female genital cutting (FGC), also known as female circumcision. Refugees and immigrants face several physical and mental health complications after undergoing the procedure in their home countries.
January 30, 2017 (San Diego) – Champions for Health, a local nonprofit formerly known as the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation, has announced it has entered into a collaboration with YMCA of San Diego County for the launch of “Jump Start for Health,” a new type 2 diabetes prevention program throughout San Diego County.
January 27, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- In a victory for consumers, the U.S. Court for the District of Columbia has issued an injunction blocking the proposed merger of insurance giants Aetna, Inc. and Humana, Inc.