News from the Grossmont Healthcare District
-- Hospital construction oversight citizens group adds one new member, four reenlist and chair and vice-chair are selected
La Mesa resident Peggy Gaul, director of imaging services at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, has been appointed as the hospital’s representative to an East County volunteer citizens group overseeing the spending of millions of dollars by the taxpayer-supported Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) in voter-approved bonds for construction projects at the hospital.
The 11-member group, called the Proposition “G” Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), has been meeting since 2006, when voters approved Prop. G, a $247 million bond measure that is projected to fund capital infrastructure improvements at the La Mesa hospital through the year 2014. East County voters passed Prop. G by more than 77 percent, well above the two-thirds required. Prop. G was sponsored by the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that serves as landlord of Grossmont Hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings, on behalf of local taxpayers. The ICBOC consists of uncompensated East County residents who are experienced in project management, large-scale construction operations and finance.
Gaul, with a 30-year career in healthcare, has experience with the selection, installation and implementation of medical equipment, including MRI, CT, cardiac cath labs and diagnostic radiology equipment. “This experience has provided me with an understanding of the scope and complexities of healthcare projects,” said Gaul, who will replace Dr. Peter Hanson, orthopedic surgeon, who previously served as the hospital’s representative on the ICBOC group. Gaul, like Hanson, also will serve as a member of the ICBOC Communications Sub-Committee.
Gaul was appointed by the GHD board of directors, who also recently reappointed four current members of the ICBOC group to two-year terms ending June 30, 2012. The four reappointed members include: Robert Ayres, retired banking executive; Ernest Ewin, a three-term city councilman in La Mesa and executive director of the Grossmont College Foundation; George Hawkins, retired president/CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors, San Diego Chapter; and, James Maletic, a construction services consultant and owner of James D. Maletic Construction Services.
Meanwhile, at a recent ICBOC board meeting, both Ewin and Dr. James Johnson were re-elected to serve as chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, for one-year terms ending June 30, 2011. Ewin also previously served for four years as chairman of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Proposition “R” Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. Johnson served in the U.S. Navy for 28 years, including as commander of Naval Medical Center San Diego from 2001 to 2003.
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