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East County News Service

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.

Kids Care Fest is presented by the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County.


Now in its 15th year, Kids Care Fest is an opportunity for children to receive free, potentially life-saving, health care screenings, including hearing, vision and dental screenings, from healthcare professionals. Also available at the event will be free medical information from medical professionals, including dermatologists and pharmacists and others, along with free kids fingerprinting and free flu shots (while supplies last).


Additional free activities will include rock climbing, inflatable obstacle course and pony rides (100 pound limit for riders), along with demonstrations and displays from law enforcement, including police and fire officials. Also available will be free children’s readings books (while supplies last). For more information, phone (619) 825‑5050 or visit www.KidsCareFest.org.


Healthcare partners supporting 2016 Kids Care Fest include Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, Borrego Community Health Foundation, University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Eye Mobile for Children, La Maestra Community Health Centers, Family Health Centers of San Diego, Health & Community Services and Neighborhood Healthcare and the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency.


In addition ECM, other event partners supporting 2016 Kids Care Fest include Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, El Capitan Stadium Association, Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, Optimist Club of Lakeside, Lakeside Union School District, Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club, KUSI-NEWS, KSON-FM 97.3 and 92.1 and Radio Latina 104.5-FM


The Grossmont Healthcare District was formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. GHD serves as landlord for the hospital property and buildings on behalf of East County 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, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.