Grossmont Healthcare District continuing to support community organizations addressing medical needs including addiction and heart conditions

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its sponsorship of community events that are assisting East County residents with recovery from addiction, heart and stroke conditions, and treatment of other medical needs. The GHD board recently approved sponsorships to three community organizations addressing these patient needs, including the McAlister Institute, American Heart Association and Grossmont Hospital Foundation.

A $6,000 sponsorship to the McAlister Institute will provide admission to a recovery conference for 50 adult women who are in recovery and living at the McAlister KIVA Learning Center for Women and Children, a long-term residential facility in Lemon Grove. The 29th annual Celebration of Women (CWC) San Diego conference will be held Oct. 19-21 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego’s Mission Valley area.

“We are proud to support these women who come together at this conference for recovery education, support and celebration,” said Michael Emerson, GHD board president. “This grant will help these women continue their personal growth develop strategies to maintain their sobriety. We hope the conference will provide a beacon of hope to help these women live a life of recovery and balance.”

CWC representatives said the conference will include recovery-oriented group activities to help women, particularly those new to sobriety, continue their journey of recovery from alcohol or other drug addiction.

The GHD board also recently approved a $5,000 donation to the American Heart Association (AHA) in support of Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s employee team participating at the AHA 2018 Heart & Stroke Walk, to be held Saturday, Sept. 15 in Balboa Park in Downtown San Diego.

AHA’s 27th annual San Diego Heart & Stroke Walk is expected to draw more than 10,000 walkers and generate more than $1.4 million in donations. Team Sharp is expected to have one of the largest teams featuring Sharp HealthCare employees, family members and friends, according to Sandy Pugliese, Sharp Grossmont Hospital community relations manager.

Last year, AHA representatives said Team Sharp HealthCare had 184 walkers coming from Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Walkers representing the hospital raised more than $21,000. This year’s goal for hospital employees is to raise $30,000.

Also, the GHD board recently approved a $50,000 sponsorship in support of the Grossmont Hospital Foundation Gala to be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. The 33rd annual Gala is presented by the Grossmont Hospital Foundation, a philanthropic organization that raises funds to assist in the care of patients recovering at the not-for-profit Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. Over the past 32 years, the Gala has raised more than $5 million for surgical and medical equipment to treat heart, stroke and vascular conditions, as well as cancer.