Grossmont Hospital construction expenses monitoring group has new chair, vice chair

The volunteer citizens group overseeing how money is spent for construction improvements at Grossmont Hospital has a new chairman and vice chairman and new member. Robert Klaiber of Spring Valley, a retired banker and long-time volunteer with the Grossmont Hospital Auxiliary, was recently elected by ICBOC members as chairman. Kathleen Bute of El Cajon, a financial policy and planning officer with the County of San Diego Auditor and Controller Dept., was recently elected as vice chair. The term for Klaiber and Bute as chair and vice chair, respectively, runs from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.

The citizens group is called the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight (ICBOC). The ICBOC members are uncompensated East County residents with experience in project management, large-scale construction operations, finance, labor and healthcare industries. The ICBOC is overseeing hospital construction expenditures financed by Proposition “G,” a $247 million bond ballot measure approved by East County voters in 2006. The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is managing the bond-related construction activity at the regional medical facility in La Mesa. GHD, a taxpayer-supported public agency, serves as landlord of the hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of local taxpayers. The bond-financed construction began in 2007, and is scheduled to continue over the next few years.

Klaiber, an East County resident since 1960, is a retired banker and long-time volunteer with the Grossmont Hospital Auxiliary. After a career in the financial and banking industry that began in 1954, he retired in November 1992 as vice president of corporate facilities with Wells Fargo Bank.

Bute has 25 years of financial service experience with government agencies. She joined the County of San Diego in 1987, and has served with several County departments, including Agriculture, Weights and Measures, Purchasing and Contracting, and Public Works prior to joining the Auditor and Controller Department.