News from Grossmont Healthcare District
The board of directors of the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that serves San Diego’s East County region with health-related community programs and services, has unanimously voted a one-time grant of $100,000 to Grossmont College in El Cajon for its cardiovascular technology (CVT) program. The grant will assist in the recruitment and retention of qualified faculty for the program, which was founded in 1972, and boasts about 1,750 graduates.
Cardiovascular technologists are allied health professionals who are specifically trained to perform a variety of tests that provide information to the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of various cardiovascular diseases. The college’s CVT program, the first to be accredited in the nation, is one of three CVT programs offered at the community college level in the state, and the only CVT program in California to offer three different specialty areas in a cardiovascular technologist’s scope of work (invasive, non-invasive and vascular). Grossmont CVT grads are currently working in more than 90 percent of the available cardiovascular-related jobs in San Diego. Nationwide, the majority of Grossmont CVT grads have careers in clinical positions, while others work as department managers, teachers, medical researchers, authors and applications specialists.
The Grossmont Healthcare 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. Formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, the District serves as serves as landlord of the hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of local taxpayers. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.
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