Nominations are open, Grossmont Healthcare District seeks to honor volunteers with 2019 Healthcare Heroes awards

(Back Row, left to right) GHD board members Virginia Hall and Randy Lenac, Jan and Chuck Vermillion, GHD board member Michael Emerson, Shawn Kelley. (Front Row, left to right) Rick Doremus, Dee Davis, Ally Kellogg, GHD board member Bob Ayres and Gloria Chadwick.

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking nominees for its 2019 Healthcare Heroes awards. Now in its 13th year, the Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program recognizing volunteers who advance the delivery of quality health services in the East County region.

“Volunteers are a significant part of care teams in local health organizations, working alongside healthcare professionals,” said Randy Lenac, GHD board president. “The purpose of the Healthcare Heroes Awards is to recognize volunteers whose unsung work in healthcare might not otherwise be celebrated. We solicit the assistance of all East County residents in nominating their peers so we can recognize their commitment to care and inspire others.”

Examples of volunteers eligible for nomination include health educators, volunteer transportation providers, health professionals, first responders, community clinic volunteers, pastoral caregivers, grant writers, members of service clubs, members of policy or advocacy organizations, auxiliary members and healthcare-related youth volunteers. Nominees may include any individual volunteer or volunteer(s) of organizations who demonstrate selfless dedication beyond their paid duties. Nominees from prior years are eligible to be nominated again, if they were not previously selected as honorees.

Deadline for submission of entries is Friday, March 8. Entries can be submitted online through the GHD website, e-mailed, or mailed to the GHD offices at 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Nomination forms are available at

The 2018 honorees included a family practice physician who helps those not able to afford health insurance, two volunteers who provide one-on-one comfort following crisis events, a 23-year-old who spends part of her weekends in a hospital emergency room, a couple who drives people to their cancer treatments and a non-profit board member who has volunteered for the past 20 years.

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