Grossmont Healthcare District Board Approves Emergency COVID-19 Relief Funding for Area Clinics and Front-Line Hospital Caregivers

LA MESA, CA (April 6, 2020) —- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors today authorized an emergency grant program for COVID-19 relief funding of $255,000, in support of area community clinics as well as front-line caregivers at Sharp Grossmont Hospital.

The funding allocation includes up to $25,000 for any non-profit, out-patient, direct care community healthcare provider within GHD to be utilized for COVID-19 relief support. Many of the area community clinics, including Family Health Centers of San Diego, La Maestra Family Health and others, are in dire need of personal protective equipment, in short supply while the clinic caregivers screen a significantly increased number of area residents during the COVID-19 crisis.

A list of local community healthcare providers and locations are listed here on the GHD website.

The GHD board vote also includes $5,000 for the Staff Food Pantry at Sharp Grossmont Hospital to support its healthcare workers, which has been established by Hospital staff for its employees to pick up essential food and supply items. Many of these healthcare workers are unable to go to the store and get items they need for their families, either because the items are gone from the shelves or they are exhausted by the end of grueling, long shifts.

“Our priority is to respond to the immediate health care needs emerging within East San Diego County during this unprecedented public health emergency,” said GHD board president Randy Lenac. “We’re proud to join with individuals, healthcare organizations and Sharp Healthcare, our partner and operator of Grossmont Hospital, in support of our most vulnerable residents. We will get through this together.”

Interested community members and hospital employees may donate to the Food Pantry, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Drop off is located at the Hospital’s David and Donna Long Cancer Center, Conference Room 3 on the Hospital campus at 5555 Grossmont Center Drive in La Mesa.

About Grossmont Healthcare District
The Grossmont Healthcare District is a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in East County. The District formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital. It serves as landlord of Sharp Grossmont Hospital and owns the property and buildings on behalf of East County taxpayers. The district is governed by a five-member board of directors who represent more than 500,000 people residing within 750 square miles.

Erica Salcuni
Grossmont Healthcare District
Phone: (619) 825-5017