News from the Grossmont Healthcare District

La Mesa resident Michael Emerson, an optician and owner of Hart Optical Co. of La Mesa, has been selected as a new Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) designee to the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Corporation board of directors. Emerson was selected by GHD board member Jim Stieringer.

Emerson, a registered dispensing optician and Fellow of the National Academy of Opticinary, has been an optician for 33 years. He purchased Hart Optical Co. from founder Charles Hart in 1987. The practice includes services in eyewear engineering, fashion lens design and pediatrics opticinary. He has lived in La Mesa since 1985, and volunteers as the senior martial arts instructor at the Davis Family YMCA in La Mesa.

The15-member Grossmont Hospital Corporation includes five seats allocated to GHD board members or their designees. GHD board members Dr. John Hardebeck and Bob Yarris serve themselves, while Bob Becker, a retired pharmacist, and Dr. Phillip Szold, a La Mesa pediatrician, are serving as designees of GHD board members Debbie McElravy and Gloria Chadwick, respectively. The hospital’s corporate board is involved in overseeing operations at the hospital.

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that serves as landlord of  Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa on behalf of East County taxpayers, supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region. The District, formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, 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. In 1991, the District leased the hospital's operation to Sharp HealthCare under a 30-year lease that runs through the year 2021. For more information about GHD, visit


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