Who We Are
Grossmont Healthcare District is a public agency that supports health-related programs and services in East San Diego
County. It was founded as Grossmont Hospital District in 1952 by civic leaders and physicians who wished to establish a
new hospital to satisfy the unmet healthcare needs of the people in San Diego’s East County.
Grossmont Hospital was built with taxpayer funds and opened for business in 1955. Operation of the hospital was under
the control of a publicly elected, five-member board of directors serving four-year terms.
What We Do
Today, Grossmont Hospital is a 536-bed medical center, and the District board of directors decided to lease operations to
Sharp HealthCare in 1991 for a term of 30 years. In 2014, voters within District boundaries passed a measure to extend this lease until 2051.
The District’s focus has since broadened to address unmet healthcare needs and support the healthcare safety net in the
East Region. Since 1996, the board of directors has awarded nearly $55 million in grants and sponsorships to local
nonprofit partners serving residents living within District boundaries. The District also operates the Herrick Community
Health Care Library, a public library specializing in consumer health information and programming, both onsite and online.
Grossmont Healthcare District Mission
As stewards of the public trust, your Grossmont Healthcare District will preserve and protect those resources entrusted to its care.
To maintain and improve the physical and behavioral health of its constituents, we will:
- Partner with our hospital operator, Sharp HealthCare, to ensure access to state-of-the-art medical services at Grossmont Hospital for all of the residents of Grossmont Healthcare District and beyond.
- Anticipate and recognize the unmet health care needs of the communities we serve and support suitable services to the greatest extent possible consistent with available resources