December 6, 2016 (La Mesa) – The volunteer citizens group overseeing the spending of millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has elected its chairman and vice chairman to serve through June 2017.
December 6, 2016 (San Diego) -- U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Representative Kevin Brady, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee, and Representative Tom Price, Chairman, Budget Committee, who is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, are among Republican leaders in the U.S. House who support legislation to privatize Medicare by converting it to a "premium support" system. I urge your newspaper to editorialize against their efforts to change Medicare to a "voucher" plan that will raise the cost of health care for seniors.
Just because the Republican Party has majorities in the House and Senate and the President-elect, it is not a mandate to destroy Medicare with a "voucher" plan to pay outright subsidies to insurance companies who make big contributions to many members of Congress.
December 5, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Congressman Tom Price, a Republican from Georgia and medical doctor, is President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee to served as Health and Human Services Secretary. But far from protecting the nation’s social safety nets, Price has pledged to dismantle them.
December 2, 2016 (Sacramento) – The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD), a statewide trade association for California’s several healthcare districts, has announced that Randy Lenac has joined the ACHD Board of Directors. Lenac has served since July 2014 as a member of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors in San Diego County. GHD represents more than 500,000 people residing in the district’s 750 square miles in San Diego’s East County region. GHD is one of 79 healthcare districts in the state, providing health and wellness services in their respective communities.
December 2, 2016 (La Mesa) –Two longtime Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board members retained their seats in the recent November 2016 election, plus voters elected a new face to join the five-member board that represents more than 500,000 people residing in the district’s 750 square miles in East County.
SDSU psychologists discover brain connections in people with autism show more symmetry between hemispheres.
December 1, 2016 (San Diego) — Divvying up tasks between the left and right hemisphere of the brain is one of the hallmarks of typical brain development. The left hemisphere, for instance, is involved in analyzing specific details of a situation, while the right hemisphere is involved in integrating all the various streams of information coming into the brain.
November 29, 2016 (San Diego) -- Since 2014, 37 people owe their lives to a San Diego Sheriff’s Department program in which deputies carry and administer a lifesaving drug to people overdosing on opioids such as heroin, morphine, or oxycodone.
Update 11 p.m. -The strike set for Monday has been called of due to progress in negotiations, the nurses' union has indicated.
Photo: United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals
East County News Service
November 27, 2016 (San Diego) – Registered nurses at Sharp Healthcare facilities announced Friday that they will stage a three-day strike starting Monday, November 28th after contract negotiation talks broke down.
November 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — Gels derived from aloe vera plants are prized by consumers for use on skin conditions and minor burns. But testing of store brands at Wal-Mart, Target and CVS found that some contained no aloe vera at all.
Nov. 21, 2016 (East County) –Spring Valley resident Allan Goetz has been approved to serve on the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC) board of directors as a representative of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). GHC is the legal entity for the hospital lease agreement between Sharp HealthCare and GHD, the East County public agency that serves as landlord of the hospital’s property and buildings on behalf of taxpayers.
November 20, 2016 (San Diego) – The Sabra company has announced a voluntary recall of its hummus dip products after finding Listeria Monocytognes at the manufacturing facility, but not in tested finished product.
Consumers with any product with a "Best Before" date up through January 23, 2017 are urged to discard it. You can find code and "Best Before" date on the lid of each package. The recall includes all hummus products by Sabra except not organic hummus. The recall does not include other Sabra products such as guacamole, salsa, or Greek yogurt dip.
November 18, 2016 (Campo) - The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Lake Morena County Park water system located at 2550 Lake Morena Drive in Campo, CA 91906, effective immediately. The water system is designed to provide potable water for a campground with 86 camper sites, ranger office, 4 fulltime residents, 7 volunteer RV pads and 2 public restrooms.
November 18, 2016 (El Cajon)—Dr. Richard O. Butcher, 77, an El Cajon resident and prominent San Diego physician honored nationally for his dedication to serving patients in poor and minority communities, died of heart failure Saturday while attending the American Medical Association’s annual meeting in Florida.
Dr. Butcher was highly respected in San Diego’s medical, philanthropic and sports communities, as well as at the national level. Last year, he received the National Medical Association’s Practitioner of the Year Award.
November 15, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Nurses may soon be going out on strike at Sharp Healthcare facilities, including Grossmont Hospital here in East County.
The union, Sharp Professional Nurses Network, overwhelmingly approved a strike, with over 98% voting to strike unless wages are raised more than the 16 to 26 percent that Sharp has proposed over the next three years.
By Gig Connaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office
Image credit: CDC
November 15, 2016 (Spring Valley) - County Vector Control crews will hand-spray a neighborhood in Spring Valley this week to kill invasive Aedes mosquitoes to keep them from potentially spreading the Zika virus after mosquitoes were found near a person who contracted Zika traveling abroad.
"Let's repeal ObamaCare, abolish Common Core, and get constitutional judges on the Supreme Court,"-- California Republican Party
"For the more than 20million Americans who gained health insurance coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, repeal and replace means death and despair.”-- California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
By Miriam Raftery
November 11, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Leaders in the California Republican and Democratic parties are speaking out following the election of President-Elect Donald Trump. Reactions range from praise to condemnation.
November 8, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The Heartland Foundation, publishers of East County Magazine, an award-winning community publication, recently served as a media partner of the 2016 Kids Care Fest, which featured free health care screenings for children on Nov. 5 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds.
November 5, 2016 (Spring Valley) -- Noah Homes, a nonprofit for adults with developmental disabilities, joined by elected officials and more than 30 community partners announced the completion of the first memory care homes in California, two of the first in the nation, specifically for people with developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, Autism, cerebral palsy and others. A ribbon cutting on this first-of-its kind project was held on November 3rd.
November 3, 2016 (Lakeside)--The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, will present the 2016 Kids Care Fest, a free, family-oriented health event open to the public. Featuring free health care screenings, Kids Care Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds,12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside.
Now in its 15th year, Kids Care Fest is an opportunity for children to receive free, potentially life-saving health care screenings, including vision and dental screenings and children’s wellness checkups. The event will also feature information from dermatologists, pharmacists and other medical professionals, along with free kids fingerprinting and free flu shots (while supplies last).
November 1, 2016 (San Diego) -- Guidelines released recently include a new recommendation aimed at decreasing the risks associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the leading cause of death in infants 1 to 12 months old in the United States.
October 24, 2016 (San Diego) - A student at San Diego State University was recently confirmed to have mumps after exposure to another student who had been ill and likely also had mumps, the County Health and Human Services Agency reported today.
The two students are housemates living off campus and were up-to-date with mumps vaccinations. The students were not hospitalized and have recovered.
Oct. 24, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The Heartland Foundation, publishers of East County Magazine, an award-winning community publication, has been named a media partner of the 2016 Kids Care Fest, a free, family-oriented event open to the public. Featuring free health care screenings, Kids Care Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds,12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside.
October 19, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Time to clear out those medicine cabinets! On Saturday, October 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the El Cajon Police Department, working in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be hosting a prescription drug drop off site in the parking lot of their police station, located at 100 Civic Center Way. Bring your outdated, unused or unwanted prescription pills, ointments, or liquids; no questions asked.
Click links to hear our 4-part series of interview with GHD candidates
By Miriam Raftery
Photos: Art Madrid, Virginia Hall, Bob Ayres, Jimmy Parker, Michael Emerson, Priscilla Schreiber
October 15, 2016 (La Mesa) –In a series of interviews, we caught up with each of the six candidates running for the Grossmont Healthcare District Board, which oversees Grossmont Hospital. The field is diverse, and each candidate brings their unique perspectives and priorities for the public’s health.
Topics ranged from easing congestion in the hospital’s busy emergency room to oversight of new construction project, from protecting patient privacy to preparing for the impacts of ballot measures such as an initiative that could legalize marijuana.