News from the Grossmont Healthcare District
-- ICBOC citizens group issues its 2010 Annual Report on hospital bond expenditures
A volunteer citizens group that is overseeing how the taxpayer-supported Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in voter-approved public financing for infrastructure improvement construction projects at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has issued its 2010 Annual Report to the Community.
The citizens group, called the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), consists of volunteers from the local community who are responsible for monitoring bond revenue expenditures by GHD, a public agency that serves as landlord of the hospital’s property and buildings on behalf of local taxpayers. The ICBOC group is required to report annually its oversight activities during the previous year. This is their fourth annual report, which was recently presented to GHD board members by ICBOC chairman Ernest Ewin.
The ICBOC 2010 annual report is available at a publicly accessible website, http://icboc.gafcon.net, which also houses all of the citizens group’s bylaws, annual workplans, reports, memos, agendas, minutes and presentations from previous meetings. The annual report provides updates on construction activity during 2010 and discusses the findings of a Performance Audit Report.
In 2010, the ICBOC took an extra step in its oversight role on behalf of East County citizens and commissioned a third-party consultant to review the effectiveness of the processes being following regarding the budget, scope of work and schedule for the bond-financed construction projects. The five-month study included a review of all GHD board and ICBOC meeting minutes from program inception to the present, assessed and analyzed the construction project execution methodology and reviewed documentation from the Program Management Team (PMT), including the District’s Policy and Procedures Manual.
The ICBOC group has been meeting since 2006, when voters approved Proposition G, a $247 million bond measure that is providing financing for the infrastructure improvements at the hospital, which opened in 1952. Construction activity on Prop. G-related projects is scheduled to continue until 2016. Prop. G passed by more than 77 percent, well above the two-thirds required. As specified in the ballot measure, ICBOC members include East County residents who are experienced in project management, large-scale construction operations and finance, along with representatives from Sharp Grossmont Hospital, as well as designees from the San Diego County Labor Council and San Diego County Taxpayers Association.
The Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego's East County region, was formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital. In 1991, the District leased the hospital's operation to Sharp HealthCare under a 30-year lease that runs through the year 2021.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. GHD also operates the Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a public library specializing in health research information, located at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.
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