District selects 11 residents for Independent Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee
The Board of Directors of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego's East County region, has selected 11 local residents to serve as volunteers on an Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee (ICBOC) that will oversee expenditures from a voter-approved $247 million general obligation bond.
According to Dr. John Hardebeck, GHD 2006 Board President, the ICBOC members will monitor expenditures for a number of capital infrastructure construction projects at Grossmont Hospital that will be financed with bond revenues from Proposition G, a June 2006 ballot measure that received more than 77% of the vote, well above the two-thirds approval required.
"To ensure accountability for all District taxpayers, the ICBOC will function in an independent, open and transparent manner and be involved with a detailed accounting of all bond revenues so that voter mandates will be fully, faithfully and efficiently carried out," Hardebeck said.
As specified in the ballot proposition, the ICBOC includes members who live within the district boundaries and have experience 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.
Fourteen individuals applied for nine ICBOC positions and interviews were conducted by a screening committee, consisting of GHD board member Bob Yarris, Sharp Grossmont Hospital CEO Michele Tarbet and Santee Mayor Randy Voepel.
Due to the applicants' experience and qualifications, the committee recommended that the ICBOC be expanded from nine to eleven members with two additional at-large seats. The full GHD board concurred and the ICBOC members include:
Ernest Ewin, president of Ewin & Associates, a finance consulting firm, who has served two terms on the La Mesa City Council, most recently since 2002;
Ellen Arcadi, a registered nurse and member of the Commission on Aging for the City of La Mesa;
Patrick Donnelly, a corporate administrative contracting officer for the federal government;
Dr. Peter Hanson, an orthopedic surgeon at Sharp Grossmont Hospital;
George Hawkins, president/CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors, San Diego chapter;
Walter Heiser, law professor at the University of San Diego School of Law and representative of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association;
Dr. James Johnson, president/CEO of Meals-On-Wheels of Greater San Diego, Inc. and representative from the Grossmont Hospital Foundation;
Andrew Knutson, branch manager and general principal for AIG Financial Advisors;
Dr. Michael Peddecord, professor emeritus of health services administration at San Diego State University, Graduate School of Public Health, and representative of Sharp Grossmont Hospital executive management;
Joseph Powell, business manager for the Sheet Metal Workers'
International Association, Local 206, and representative of the San Diego County Labor Council; and
James Schmidt, a retired banker.
At the recent GHD board meeting, Ewin was appointed as interim chairman due to his recent experience as chairman of a Citizens Bond Oversight Committee for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. The ICBOC is expected to hold its initial meeting within 30 days.
Next year, construction is expected to be completed on the hospital's emergency and critical care center, as specified in the hospital's facilities master site plan. Other improvements at the hospital that voters approved with the bond measure will include 90 new patient beds to support a growing population, compliance with earthquake standards and upgrading the 50-year-old hospital's electrical, plumbing, along with other building systems infrastructure to support state-of-the-art medical technology.
Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, serves as landlord of the hospital on behalf of local taxpayers, including ownership of the property and buildings. In 1991, the District leased the hospital's operations to Sharp Healthcare under a 30-year lease that runs through the year 2021. The five-member GHD board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, represent nearly 500,000 people who live within the District's 750 square miles in San Diego's East County. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.