East County Business News by Rick Griffin
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, is continuing its support of Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s team participating in the American Heart Association San Diego Division’s 2013 San Diego Heart & Stroke Walk on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd. in Downtown San Diego. The GHD board of directors recently unanimously approved a $5,000 donation to Team Sharp.
The 22nd annual San Diego Heart & Stroke Walk is expected to draw more than 7,500 walkers and generate more than $1.4 million in donations. Team Sharp is expected to have one of the largest teams with about 1,000 Sharp HealthCare employees, family members and friends, according to Sandy Pugliese, Sharp Grossmont Hospital community relations manager. GHD has supported the American Heart Association fundraiser for the past 16 years.
The walk will feature a one-mile route for “Miracle Mile” survivors – individuals who have suffered a heart attack or stroke – that will start at 7:10 a.m. and a 5k walk stating at 7:20 a.m. The route will include the MLK Promenade Park along East Harbor Drive and streets in Downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter District. In addition to walking, the fundraiser will include an expo along with free health screenings and heart information, a kid’s zone, CPR training, live entertainment and closing ceremonies inside Petco Park. Proceeds will fund heart disease and stroke research and initiatives that promote the prevention, treatment and better patient care in the areas of cardiovascular disease. For more event information, visit www.sdheartwalk.org.