News from the Grossmont Healthcare District
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has announced the launch of a new community website that officials say will reveal all the pertinent activities, expenditures and public information relating to Proposition “G,” a voter-approved, $247 million general obligation bond measure that will help finance future capital improvement construction projects at Grossmont Hospital. The District-sponsored Prop. “G” measure, which appeared on the June 2006 ballot, was approved by East County voters by more than 77 percent, well above the two-thirds required.
In addition, the new website will show activities of the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), a group of 11 East County volunteers who are overseeing and monitoring expenditures relating to Prop. "G" and informing the public of the District’s expenditures of revenues received from bond proceeds. Available on the website will be minutes from previous Committee meetings, meeting agendas, bylaws, annual workplans, reports, memos and presentations, according to Ernest Ewin, who is serving as the Committee’s interim chairman.
“This website reinforces the Committee’s commitment to operate in an open and transparent manner so that all District taxpayers can be fully informed with a detailed accounting of the Prop. `G’ monitoring efforts,” said Ewin. “It is our plan to provide every relevant document and report in a consumer-friendly format for all eyes to see and, at the same time, save a few reams of paper.”
The website can be visited at www.grossmonthealthcare.org, and then click the “Prop. G Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee” icon. In addition, the website is visible at http://icboc.gafcon.net. Gafcon, Inc., a San Diego-based construction management firm, is managing the website, as well as providing administrative support to the Committee.
The ICBOC group began meeting last year. ICBOC members include East County residents experienced in project management, large-scale construction operations and finance. In addition, they include representatives from Sharp Grossmont Hospital, as well as designees from the San Diego County Labor Council and San Diego County Taxpayers Association. At previous meetings, Committee members heard presentations from District and hospital team members working on the planned construction improvement projects, as well as consultants who are advising the District on the bond transaction process. The next ICBOC meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at the Grossmont Hospital Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.
The Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego's East County region, serves as landlord of the hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of local taxpayers. Formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, the District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent nearly 500,000 people residing within the District's 750 square miles in San Diego's East County. In 1991, the District leased the hospital's operation to Sharp Healthcare under a 30-year lease that runs through the year 2021. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.
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