News from Grossmont Healthcare District
The five-member board of directors for the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, has elected its board officers for 2009. Elected unanimously were Jim Stieringer as president, Gloria Chadwick as vice president and Deborah McElravy as secretary. Stieringer appointed board member Michael Emerson to serve as treasurer.
Stieringer has served on the board since1992. He previously served as board president in 1996, 1997 and 2008. A La Mesa resident since 1979, Stieringer is a retired government defense contractor.
Chadwick has served on the board since 1998, when she became the first woman to be elected to the board in 22 years. A second generation San Diegan and resident of El Cajon’s Dehesa Valley since 1975, Chadwick, a registered nurse, recently retired after a 44-year career of working in the healthcare profession.
McElravy has served on the board from 2000 to 2004, and was appointed to fill a vacant seat in December 2006. An East County resident since 1974, McElravy is a pharmacy manager at Costco Wholesale in La Mesa.
Emerson has served on the board since 2008, when he was appointed to fill a vacant seat. Emerson owns Hart Optical Company, and has lived in La Mesa since 1992. He is a Registered Dispensing Optician (RDO), a Fellow of the National Academy of Opticianry (FNAO), an American Board Certified Optician (ABO) and is certified by the State Board of Medical Quality Assurance of the California Medical Board.
In the recent general election, Stieringer, McElravy and Emerson were elected to four-year terms. Also recently elected is the newest member of the GHD board, Dr. Michael Long of La Mesa, who was elected to a two-year term. Long, an El Cajon resident, is a retired neurologist who practiced for 40 years locally as an active member of the medical staff at Grossmont Hospital.
The Grossmont Healthcare District’s board meetings are regularly held on the first Monday and third Friday of each month at the District Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The public is invited to attend. The Grossmont Healthcare District, formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region and serves as landlord of Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa on behalf of East County taxpayers. The District’s board represents nearly 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.
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