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June 28, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Grossmont Healthcare District, an East County public agency, is accepting applications to fill a vacant seat on its board of directors.

Applicants must be registered voters living with the District boundaries and are required to file a Fair Political Act Disclosure Statement. Applications should include qualifications and reasons for wanting to serving on the board. Applications can be mailed to the GHD offices, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa, CA 91942. Deadline for submitting an application is 2 p.m., Monday, July 7. More information is available by contacting Barry Jantz, GHD CEO, at (619) 825-5050 or e-mail at

The vacancy occurred June 4 when Dr. Michael Long resigned for personal reasons. If the GHD board selects an applicant to fill the seat, the appointee will serve the remainder of Long’s term. Long, serving in his second consecutive year as board president, was up for reelection this year. According to state law, the board has 60 days to fill the seat after the vacancy occurs.

Long, a retired neurologist, practiced locally for 40 years, including serving as chief of the medical staff at Grossmont Hospital. The El Cajon resident was elected to a two-year term in November 2008, and was reelected to a four-year term in November 2010.

GHD, an East Region public agency that serves as landlord of Grossmont Hospital’s property and buildings on behalf of taxpayers, supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, including completion of over $240 million in improvements currently underway at the hospital. Formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, the District is governed by a board of directors, each representing more than 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles.


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