News from the Grossmont Healthcare District
-- Hospital bond oversight committee has two new members, five others are honored after completing four-year terms
A volunteer citizens group overseeing the Grossmont Healthcare District’s spending of $247 million in voter-approved bonds for construction infrastructure projects at Sharp Grossmont Hospital has two new members. La Mesa resident Glen Sparrow, a retired San Diego University professor, and Lakeside resident Kenneth Lavigne, training director with the Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 206, have agreed to serve on GHD’s Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC). Both were recently appointed to the ICBOC by GHD board of directors.
The ICBOC was created in June 2006 following the approval of the GHD-sponsored Proposition G ballot measure that East County voters passed by more than 77 percent, well above the two-thirds passage requirement. The ICBOC group is charged with monitoring Prop. G-related construction expenditures authorized by the GHD board. Bond revenues have been funding capital infrastructure improvements at the La Mesa since construction began in 2008. Construction is projected to continue through 2016.
According to ICBOC by-laws, committee members must have experience in project management, large-scale construction operations, finance, labor and healthcare industries, and are eligible to serve for no more than two consecutive two-year terms. In addition, specific seats on the ICBOC must be filled by individuals representing various constituency groups.
Sparrow and Lavigne will replace two ICBOC members who recently completed their terms, which officially began on July 1, 2007, even though the ballot measure was passed in 2006. Termed-out on the ICBOC are: Walter Heiser, law professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, who represented the San Diego County Taxpayers Association; and, Joseph Powell, business manager of Sheet Metal Workers' International Association, Local 206, who represented the San Diego County Labor Council. Sparrow will serve as the San Diego County Taxpayers Association representative and Lavigne will serve as the San Diego County Labor Council representative.
Sparrow, professor emeritus of SDSU’s School of Public Affairs with 25 years of experience in regional and municipal administration, has served on two oversight committees for the City of La Mesa from 2008 to 2010, and the La Mesa Spring Valley School District since 2009 to the present. He is currently vice chairman of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and chair of the Healthcare Committee.
Lavigne has extensive construction experience and has worked as an apprentice, journeyman, foreman, general foreman, superintendent, service manager and operation manager. He currently is the training director for the union’s apprentice program.
In addition to appointing Sparrow and Levigne, the GHD board recently reappointed Robert Klaiber of Spring Valley to the ICBOC for his final two-year term ending June 30, 2013. The retired banker and long-time volunteer with the Grossmont Hospital Auxiliary joined ICBOC in August 2007 to fill a seat vacated by Patrick Donnelly, a corporate administrative contracting officer for the federal government who relocated to Belgium. Klaiber began his first two-year term in 2009. Klaiber currently serves on the ICBOC as an at-large community member.
In addition to Heiser and Powell leaving the ICBOC, other termed-out members include: Ellen Arcadi, a retired registered nurse who represented older adult interests as a member of the City of La Mesa Commission on Aging; Dr. James A. Johnson, retired Rear Adm. And former commander of Naval Medical Center, San Diego, who represented the Grossmont Hospital Foundation; and, Dr. Michael Peddecord, professor emeritus of Health Services Administration, San Diego State University, Graduate School of Public Health, who represented Sharp Grossmont Hospital executive management.
The five termed-out ICBOC members -- Arcadi, Heiser, Johnson, Peddecord and Powell – were recently recognized and thanked by GHD board members at a recent board meeting. “The District, our hospital and residents are better off because of the advice, counsel and oversight they provided while serving,” said Debbie McElravy, 2011 GHD board president.
GHD is seeking applications for future appointments to the ICBOC. Interested volunteers can obtain an application at the GHD offices, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa, or by phoning (619) 825-5050.
The Grossmont Healthcare District is a taxpayer-supported public agency that serves as landlord of Grossmont Hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings, on behalf of local taxpayers. The District 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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