What is a healthcare district?

Healthcare districts are special districts designed for responsiveness to local needs. They are public entities that provide community-based health care services to residents in defined geographical areas throughout the state, according to the Association of California Healthcare Districts.

California currently has 76 healthcare districts, each governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees who are directly accountable to the communities they serve. Of these healthcare districts, 50 support rural locations where access to health care is limited.

The Grossmont Healthcare District falls into this category extending its support across 750 square miles of the East San Diego County region. There are four of these special districts in the Greater San Diego area: Fallbrook Regional Health District, Palomar Health, Tri-City Healthcare District, and the Grossmont Healthcare District.

For more information about Healthcare Districts, visit:
California Special Districts Association (CSDA)
Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD)

What is the District’s connection to Sharp Grossmont Hospital?

The Grossmont Healthcare District and Sharp Grossmont Hospital share a close relationship. However, the two operate as separate entities with their own leadership teams and organizational rules. The District serves as the hospital’s official landlord providing oversight through audits and inspections while Sharp HealthCare is responsible for all daily business operations and maintenance. Click here to learn more about the partnership.

What entity owns Sharp Grossmont Hospital?

On behalf of the people living within its boundaries, the Grossmont Healthcare District owns Sharp Grossmont Hospital. However, Sharp HealthCare manages the hospital’s daily operations and maintenance.

Which entity is paying for improvements to Sharp Grossmont Hospital?

Under the 30-year lease agreement, Sharp HealthCare is responsible for funding all ongoing maintenance and repairs to the Sharp Grossmont Hospital, including all seismic requirements.

In 2006, District voters passed Proposition G, which authorized the sale of $247 million in General Obligation Bonds funded by constituent property taxes to be used for specific improvements at the Hospital.

Does the District have a publicly elected Board of Directors or Board of Trustees?

The Grossmont Healthcare District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors, elected at large to four year terms. They represent more than 500,000 people that reside in the District’s 750-square-mile radius. Learn more about the Board here.

Do I live within the Grossmont Healthcare District boundaries?

The boundaries of the District cover a large geographic area extending from La Mesa to Mountain Empire and from Tecate to Santee. The District serves residents living in urban cities as well as our more rural communities.

Find out if you live within the Grossmont Healthcare District boundaries by clicking here for an interactive map from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. Enter your address into the search bar at the top and then zoom out to see if your address appears within the highlighted section of the District.

Why do I pay property taxes to the District?

In 2006, District voters passed Proposition G, which authorized the sale of $247 million in General Obligation Bonds to be used for improvements at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. The bonds are being paid through property taxes on property owners within the District boundaries.

If I have a compliment or concern with services at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, who do I contact?

Compliments and concerns with the hospital should be directed to Ryan Purdy, Manager of Community Relations at (619) 740-4406 or ryan.purdy@sharp.com.