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PASSAGES: GROSSMONT HOSPITAL CEO MICHELE TARBET

 

Memorial fund to be established to benefit hospice care; services pending

By Miriam Raftery

July 12, 2014 (La Mesa) – Grossmont Hospital is mourning the loss of its chief executive officer, Michele Tarbet, who passed away yesterday morning at her home surrounded by her family members, under the care of Grossmont’s hospice care.

An announcement issued jointly by Sharp Healthcare and  Sharp Grossmont Hospital yesterday, voiced “a heavy heart and great sadness” at the news.  “Michele’s passing was peaceful and she left this world with dignity and grace,” he stated. “We will miss her immensely. Fortunately for us, Michele has left an indelible mark on Sharp HealthCare, Grossmont Hospital, the East County, and the countless individuals she worked with and knew.”

READER'S EDITORIAL: VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION H

 

By Betty Stieringer

The physicians, nurses and technicians of Sharp HealthCare are unsurpassed in their skill, professionalism and patient care.  Why, then, is there opposition to Measure H?

HOSPITAL URGES YES VOTE ON PROP H

 

By Janis Russell

May 5, 2014 (La Mesa)- At a Proposition H executive briefing held on April 25 by Grossmont Hospital, community leaders in San Diego and East County showed up to learn more about the measure, which will be on the upcoming June ballot.  The measure seeks to extend Grossmont Healthcare District’s leae agreement with Sharp Healthcare at Grossmont Hospital for 30 years, until 2051.

LA MESA WOMAN STABS BOYFRIEND AFTER BEING CHOKED, POLICE SAY

 

March 24, 2014 (La Mesa)--On March 24 at 5:19 am, La Mesa Police were notified by Grossmont Hospital staff that a stab victim had just been brought into the hospital. Minutes before the hospital report, La Mesa Police received reports of a disturbance at a residence in the 3800 block of Murray Hill Drive, La Mesa.  When officers arrived on Murray Hill, they determined the two incidents were related and the stabbing was believed to be in self defense.

SENIORS GROUP TO HEAR TOP HEALTH NEWS STORIES FEB. 26 AT LA MESA HEALTH LIBRARY

 

February 21, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free senior discussion group presentation on “Top Health News Stories of 2013,” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The public is invited to attend, and RSVP is not required. The speaker will be Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director.

GROSSMONT HEALTH DISTRICT CONSIDERING GROSSMONT HOSPITAL LEASE EXTENSION BALLOT MEASURE

 

February 6, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), the public agency that serves as landlord of Grossmont Hospital on behalf of the community, has launched an effort to prepare for a possible June 2014 ballot measure to extend the existing lease agreement with Sharp HealthCare for the operation of the La Mesa hospital.

A HEARTY RECOVERY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Leon Thompson also contributed to this report

January 3, 2014 -- As many of you know, our cofounder of East County Magazine and our own "East County Eater" columnist Leon Thompson recently had open heart surgery to patch him up after years of indulgent eating clogged up his arteries.  Already a survivor of one heart attack, like many people in this situation, Leon was initially hesitant to undergo such a seemingly drastic procedure.

Five days after his operation, which wound up being a quintuple bypass, Leon  insisted that we bring our sound equipment to his room at Grossmont Hospital so that he won't miss a beat in recording for our radio show. For his return to the radio, we started out by interviewing Leon on his amazing recovery, which is an inspiration to anyone facing open heart surgery. 

Hear for yourself how energetic he's feeling - and how he's already setting the pace for walking a mile a day around the recovery ward.

This interview originally aired on our East County Magazine Show on KNSJ Radio:  http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/1x5gj5h5h7/Leon-HospitalInterviewPost-Surgery.mp3 .

(Note: You can also read Leon's "Heartfelt Message" to our readers, penned along with a review of hospital food just days before his surgery, here: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/heartfelt-message)

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT CONTINUES LEASE NEGOTIATIONS WITH SHARP HEALTHCARE

 

January 2, 2014 (La Mesa)--The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), the public agency that serves as landlord of Grossmont Hospital, has announced it is continuing negotiations with Sharp HealthCare to add another 30 years to its existing lease agreement for the operation of the La Mesa hospital.

The GHD board recently voted to finalize discussions with Sharp officials to extend the current 30-year lease, which was signed in 1991 and is scheduled to expire on May 30, 2021. The parties are discussing extending the lease to May 29, 2051.

A HEARTFELT MESSAGE

 

Update January 3, 2014:  Five days after his heart surgery, which wound up being a quintuple bypass, we interviewed Leon in his hospital room.  Hear for yourself how energetic he's feeling - and how he's already setting the pace for walking a mile a day around the recovery ward. This interview aired on our East County Magazine Show on KNSJ Radio:  http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/1x5gj5h5h7/Leon-HospitalInterviewPost-Surgery.mp3

Editor’s Note:  We send warm wishes for a speedy recovery to Leon Thompson, our “East County Eater.”  If you were at our holiday party, you'll recall Leon gleefully carving up the prime rib.  Tomorrow, Leon is undergoing triple bypass surgery, or as he calls it, “the trifecta.”   Undaunted, he asked us to post this message for our readers—including his witty review of hospital food, along with his New Year’s resolution for healthy dining—and a special request for our readers.

By Leon Thompson, a.k.a. the East County Eater

December 26, 2013 (La Mesa)--This is Leon Thompson, otherwise known as the East County Eater to readers of East County Magazine. Today I’m reporting from Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.  My lifetime of savoring great foods, along with a family history of coronary artery disease, has finally caught up with me.  So I’ll be undergoing triple bypass surgery Friday morning—split down the middle like an oyster, with some fancy rerouting of my plumbing by the cardiac surgeon, and then I’ll be trussed up like a holiday turkey, with a few weeks to marinate before I’m back on the beat.

So by the time you hear this broadcast, hopefully I’ll have a healthy heart just in time for the New Year.

12TH ANNUAL KIDS CARE FEST SEPTEMBER 21

 

August  26, 2013 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District and City of La Mesa will host the 2013 Kids Care Fest at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The free, family-oriented event is open to the public and features free health care screenings.

A HEARTY WELCOME FOR NEW HEART AND VASCULAR CENTER AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

 

Groundbreaking celebrates start of major new facility to serve East County community

By Miriam Raftery

April 4, 2013 (La Mesa) – “This is an incredible day for East County,” Supervisor Dianne Jacob said at Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the new Heart and Vascular Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital.  “As our aging population in East County grows, there is a growing need for a heart and cardiac center that is state of the art,” added Jacob, who quipped, “Some of us may be lining up at the door.”

WORKERS DEMAND BETTER PAY AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

By Nadin Abbott

December 13, 2012 (La Mesa) Housekeeping and dietary workers were once again outside Grossmont Hospital walking the sidewalk yesterday.  The employees work for Sodexo, a subcontractor whose workers are paid less than Sharp Hospital employees but are charged more for their healthcare, say union representatives who seek fairer wage and benefit terms for Sodexo workers.

Sodexo, a contract company that provides hospital personnel, was not available for comments on the ongoing labor negotiations.

WORKERS PICKET AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

By Nadin Abbott

November  20, 2012 (La Mesa)—Some workers arrived after their shifts ended; others came from home to join a march yesterday afternoon outside Grossmont Hospital. All were determined to draw public attention to their efforts to gain better working conditions and compensation.

United Healthcare Employees, affiliated with the AFL-CIO,continues contract negotiations for workers contracted by Sharp Healthcare through Sodexo to manage food services and custodial work.

27TH ANNUAL GALA SUPPORTING SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL NOV. 3

Proceeds to Benefit Hospital’s Future Heart and Vascular Center

November 2, 2012 La Mesa). –  The Grossmont Hospital Foundation hosts its 27th Annual Gala on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. The Gala is the largest fundraising event of the year benefiting Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s services and programs. Proceeds will support a new, state-of-the-art heart and vascular center at the hospital.

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION MONITORING GROUP SEEKS TWO ADDITIONAL MEMBERS

September 12, 2012 (La Mesa) – The volunteer citizens committee overseeing the expenditure of millions of dollars in construction improvements at Grossmont Hospital is seeking two additional members.

The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight (ICBOC) is overseeing how the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending $247 million in capital improvement construction projects at the hospital in La Mesa. ICBOC members are uncompensated East County residents with experience in project management, large-scale construction operations, finance, labor and healthcare industries.

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER APPOINTED TO BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR NATIONAL QUALITY AWARD

August 8, 2012 (La Mesa) – Michael Murphy, MD, JD, Chief Medical Officer, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, has been appointed to the Board of Examiners for the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Dr. Murphy’s appointment was made by Patrick Gallagher, Ph.D., Director of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Baldrige Award is the nation’s highest Presidential honor for quality and performance excellence that an organization can receive. Sharp HealthCare was recognized by Baldrige in 2007.

GROSSMONT SURGEON JEFFREY MARXEN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 

MEMORIAL SERVICE SET FOR MARCH 3

February 27, 2012 (La Mesa) –A motorcycle accident has taken the life of Jeffrey Leonard Marxen, M.D., 60, a prominent orthopaedic surgeon at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. 

Marxen had served as president of the San Diego chapter of the Western Orthopaedic Association and held various leadership positions within Sharp Grossmont Hospital.  A friend, Mark Herzan, told ECM news partner 10 News that Marxen was beloved by his patients, colleagues and friends. 

BON APPETIT! HEALTHY COOKING DEMO DEC. 13 WITH MARINE ROOM CHEFS/COOKBOOK AUTHORS AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

December 1, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver from The Marine Room team up with Registered Dietician Candy Cumming for a healthy cooking demonstration--and tastes. The free event will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 at Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s main auditorium.

Attendees can enter for a chance to win a copy of the chefs’ cookbook: Flying Pans: Two Chefs, One World.

GLASS ELEVATORS OPEN AT LA MESA TROLLEY STATION, GIVING COMMUTERS EASY ACCESS TO SHOPPING AND HOSPITAL


November 23, 2011 (La Mesa) – Mayor Art Madrid cut the ribbon this week at the grand opening of twin glass elevators rising from the Grossmont Trolley Station to the street above. Before, commuters and apartment dwellers along the transit line had to climb a steep flight of 77 stairs to access Grossmont Shopping Center or Grossmont Hospital above, an impossible feat for those in wheelchairs.

The project took 22 years and close to $8 million to complete, using federal stimulus funds for infrastructure improvements.

CITIZENS BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ISSUES ANNUAL REPORT ON HOSPITAL BOND EXPENDITURES

 

March 29, 2011 (La Mesa)--A volunteer citizens group that oversees how the taxpayer-supported Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in voter-approved funds for infrastructure improvementprojects at Sharp Grossmont Hospital has issued its 2010 Annual Report to the Community.

HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE SEEKS REPLACEMENT MEMBER

 

January 5, 2011 (La Mesa) -- A volunteer citizens group monitoring construction projects financed by voter-approved public bonds at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa is looking for a new member to replace former member Robert “Bob” Ayres, who was recently appointed to the Grossmont Healthcare District board of directors.

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR STROKE PATIENT CARE

 

November 24, 2010 (La Mesa) — Sharp Grossmont Hospital has been awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s "Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award" for applying evidence-based guidelines in providing the best possible care to stroke patients.

FUNDRAISING WITH A HEART: $256,000 RAISED FOR SHARP GROSSMONT'S CARDIAC SERVICES

Proceeds from Grossmont Hospital Foundation gala supports heart and vascular center

November 22, 2010 (San Diego) — Grossmont Hospital Foundation celebrated its 25th Anniversary Gala, themed “Step to the Beat”, on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina to raise money for Sharp Grossmont Hospital. The event netted $250,000, which will support the hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE OPENS NEW NURSING SIMULATION LABS


Simulation labs with high-tech mannequins mimic real-life hospital scenarios

August 9, 2010 (El Caj on) – – Vanessa Cordova, newly hired nurse at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, quickly assesses the situation. A 46-year-old patient, J. Smith, had been admitted after collapsing at home and losing consciousness.

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL WORKER WITH TB PROMPTS WARNING TO PATIENTS

 

 

February 26, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is working with Sharp Grossmont Hospital officials to notify patients, visitors and employees who may have been exposed to a hospital worker diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB). The period of concern is Oct. 4, 2009 to Jan. 20, 2010, and limited to individuals who worked or visited one patient care floor of the hospital’s West Tower between 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m.

 

NO BRAINER: GROSSMONT HOSPITAL FINED FOR OPERATING ON WRONG SIDE OF PATIENT’S SKULL

January 28, 2010 (La Mesa) – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has fined three local hospitals (Grossmont Hospital, UC San Diego Medical Center, and Sharp Memorial Hospital in Kearny Mesa) $50,000 each for mistakes that could cause serious injury or death to patients. In East County, Grossmont Hospital was penalized for performing brain surgery on the wrong side of a 93-year-old patient’s brain.

SCAM ARTIST TARGETS DONORS AT SAN DIEGO HOSPICE AND GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

A woman posing as a nurse or medical employee has been approaching people outside Grossmont Hospital, San Diego Hospice and other locations to request donations or money for a ride, according to Hospice representatives.  Numerous area residents have been burned by the scam.

CITIZENS OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ISSUES REPORT ON HOSPITAL BOND EXPENDITURES

October 27, 2009 (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 bonds for construction projects at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has issued a special mid-year report on construction progress, including the recent completion of the hospital’s Emergency and Critical Care Center (ECCC) expansion.

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL COMPLETES CONSTRUCTION ON TOP 3 STORIES OF EMERGENCY & CRITICAL CARE

 

September 18, 2009 (La Mesa)-- Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) and Sharp Grossmont Hospital, East County’s largest hospital, have jointly announced that construction is now completed on the top three floors of the Emergency and Critical Care Center – the first infrastructure improvement project that was financed by voter-approved bonds at the publicly owned hospital.

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL HOLDS BLOOD DRIVE SEPT. 3

One Donation Can Save Up to Three Lives

Sept. 3 – Did you know that 60 percent of the general population is eligible to give blood, but only five percent of people actually donate on a yearly basis?

 

Donating blood is safe, easy and it saves lives. Give the gift of life at Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s blood drive, taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, at the hospital’s main auditorium. There will be prizes and an opportunity drawing.

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