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February 13, 2013 (La Mesa)--The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking nominations for its 2013 Healthcare Hero Awards, the annual program honoring residents whose volunteer efforts help advance the delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region. Nomination forms are attached or available at Deadline for submission of entries is 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at the GHD offices, 9001 Wakarusa St., in La Mesa.

Nominees for a 2013 Healthcare Hero Award can include a front-line volunteer caregiver, including a volunteer at a community clinic, junior volunteer, auxiliary member, healthcare educator and pastoral care provider, as well as a member of a service club, community group and advocacy or policy organization. Nominees also can include a first-responder or other healthcare professional who volunteers their time beyond their regular scope of job responsibilities, according to Dr. Michael T. Long, GHD 2013 board president.

“We solicit the assistance of all East County residents because we want to recognize those unsung heroes of healthcare whose work might not otherwise be recognized,” said Long. “We want to honor those volunteers whose extraordinary care and selfless dedication inspires others to produce measurable outcomes that provide for a healthier East County community.” 

For more information about the 2013 Healthcare Hero Awards, phone the GHD offices at (619) 825-5050. GHD will present its seventh annual Healthcare Hero Awards at a luncheon to be held in May. 

Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency, supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, and serves as landlord of Grossmont Hospital, leased to Sharp HealthCare, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of East County taxpayers. The District, formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, 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 about GHD, visit

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