News from the Grossmont Healthcare District
-- Robert “Bob” Ayres selected to serve on Grossmont Healthcare District board of directors
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors has voted to select Robert “Bob” Ayres, a retired banking executive with extensive experience in construction financing and management, to fill a vacant seat on the GHD board. The vacancy was created with the recent resignation of Jim Stieringer, who had served on the GHD board since 1992. Ayres will serve the remaining two years of the seat’s four-year term until early December 2012, following the November 2012 general election, which is the next time the seat will appear on the ballot.
Since November 2008, Ayres, a resident of El Cajon, has served on the Grossmont Healthcare District’s Proposition “G” Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), a group of East County volunteers who are overseeing and monitoring the spending of $247 million by the GHD in voter-approved bonds for construction projects at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa through the year 2014. The ICBOC has been meeting since 2006, when voters approved Prop. G. The ICBOC members are uncompensated East County residents who are experienced in project management, large-scale construction operations and finance.
During his 45-year career in banking, Ayres was involved in the financing of a number of major private- and public-sector construction projects while serving in various management positions with Bank of America, Scripps Bank and Coronado First Bank. He retired as executive vice president and chief credit officer with Coronado First Bank. Ayres, a native of Indianapolis, first moved to El Cajon in 1972. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and Southern Methodist University’s Graduate School of Banking. Bob and wife Elaine have been married for 45 years. They have two grown daughters and two grand-daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, golf and writing.
“The complexities facing our District are enormous, and I look forward to offering my experience in construction and community involvement as we look forward to serving our constituents,” said Ayres.
There were 26 District residents who applied for the vacant seat, and two applicants later withdrew. As part of the appointment process at a Dec. 20 board meeting, 21 applicants addressed the board on Dec. 20. Three applicants did not attend. Ayres was selected on a 3-1 vote. He received votes from GHD board members Dr. Michael Long, Michael Emerson and Gloria Chadwick. GHD board president Debbie McElravy voted for applicant Anne Sawyers, who did not attend the board meeting.
The Grossmont Healthcare District is a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region. The tax-supported District was formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, and today serves as landlord of the hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of local taxpayers. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent 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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