GHD renames the James G. Stieringer Conference Center
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors has renamed its conference center at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa the James G. Stieringer Conference Center in honor of former board member Jim Stieringer who served on the board from 1992 to 2010. GHD’s 11,080-square-foot conference center includes administrative office space, a 4,715-square-foot consumer health public library, a 65-seat auditorium and the Gallery of Honor historical display of photographs and biographies of East County residents who played a leading role in shaping the world of today.
Stieringer, a GHD director emeritus and retired defense contractor consultant, resigned from the board in 2010. He was elected to his fifth term in 2008. A Vietnam veteran, he served as a captain in the United States Air Force. He earned his bachelor’s degree from California Western University and a master’s in business administration from Florida State University Graduate School of Business. He served as La Mesa’s city treasurer from 2002 to 2006. A Grossmont High School grad (class of 1959), Stieringer has lived in La Mesa since 1968.
“Director Stieringer is the architect of the district in the current form,” said board member Gloria Chadwick. “The community is far better for the efforts of Mr. Stieringer. The district is what it is because of his efforts."
The conference center’s auditorium and smaller meeting rooms are available to community based, non-profit, health-related organizations for lectures, seminars, workshops and classes. The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a public library that opened in 2002, is a comprehensive consumer health library specializing in providing reliable health information, accessible both on-site and via the Internet. The library is named after the late Dr. Herrick, who passed away in March 1998, while serving as a member of the District board of directors.
Grossmont Healthcare District is a taxpayer-supported public agency that supports various non-profit, health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region. Formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, GHD serves as landlord of the hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of East County taxpayers. 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. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.
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