Grossmont Hospital’s citizens’ oversight group issues its 2017 annual report on taxpayer bond expenditures for hospital construction

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

 The citizens group overseeing the spending of millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has issued its 2017 Annual Report to the Community.

The citizens group, called the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), consists of uncompensated East County residents who are monitoring how the public agency Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending bond proceeds on construction projects at the publicly-owned hospital.

The Annual Report highlights activities during the 2017 calendar year on several taxpayer-funded hospital construction projects financed by the Proposition G bond measure approved by voters in 2006.

During 2017, Notices of Completion were filed for two projects, including the hospital’s new Central Energy Plant (CEP) and Heart and Vascular (H&V) Center. The CEP features a cogeneration system that generates nearly 100 percent of the hospital’s electricity on site, making it no longer solely reliant on the electrical power grid. The CEP also powers all utility needs for the hospital, including medical equipment, space heating and air conditioning.

The final Prop G project construction also began in 2017 on the H&V Level 1 Surgery Floor, which will include four new cardiac catheterization labs and four multi-purpose procedural rooms that will support a wide range of surgeries, including general, open-heart, minimally invasive and image-guided procedures, as well as various endovascular interventional surgeries. The fully operational H&V Center will transform the hospital’s capacity to treat heart disease and other vascular conditions.

The ICBOC Chairman, Glen Sparrow, noted in the report that nearly 92 percent of original bond money had been spent by the end of 2017, and an independent audit “confirmed that all bond funds are being spent as directed by the voters.”

The ICBOC 2017 Annual Report is available online at www.grossmonthealthcare.org/ICBOC.

The Grossmont Healthcare District is a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in the East Region. Formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, GHD now leases operations to Sharp HealthCare via a public-private partnership, and continues to own the hospital on behalf of local taxpayers. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent more than 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.