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Click audio 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. 

Incumbents  Michael  Emerson and Bob Ayres speak proudly of their records and want to maintain oversight of  projects in the pipeline to completion.

 Art Madrid,  former Mayor of La Mesa, says he’s long been a watchdog over the healthcare district, helping to preserve the hospital’s pediatric unit in the past. 

Virginia Hall,  a registered  nurse,  wants to see a higher priority given to addressing mental health issues. 

Jimmy Parker,  currently on the hospital’s corporate board, wants to bring his insights to the public healthcare district’s board.  

Priscilla Schreiber,  currently on the Grossmont Union High School District Board,  also has a construction background she believes will help her provide oversight of the healthcare district’s many construction projects.


Art Madrid, Grossmont Healthcare District candidate interview
Bob Ayres & Virginia Hall, Grossmont Healthcare District candidates interview
Jimmy Parker, Grossmont Healthcare District candidate interview
Michael Emerson & Priscilla Schreiber, Grossmont Healthcare District candidates interview

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Thank you Miriam Raftery and Candidates

Thank you for providing these vital interviews, very informative and love being able to listen in from home and not have to go sit in a cold room on a hard seat!