Grossmont Healthcare District is supporting hospital’s Heart & Stroke Walk team

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, is continuing its support of Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s team participating in the American Heart Association (AHA) San Diego Division’s 2015 San Diego Heart & Stroke Walk on Saturday, Sept. 19 in Balboa Park in Downtown San Diego. The GHD board of directors recently unanimously approved a $5,000 donation to Team Sharp.

AHA’s 24th annual San Diego Heart & Stroke Walk is expected to draw more than 7,500 walkers and generate more than $1.4 million in donations. Team Sharp is expected to have one of the largest teams with about 2,500 Sharp HealthCare employees, family members and friends, according to Sandy Pugliese, Sharp Grossmont Hospital community relations manager. Last year, Team Sharp raised more than $186,000, which included more than $16,000 from walkers from Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, said AHA officials.

GHD has supported Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart & Stroke Walk for the past 14 years with grants totaling about $56,000.

This year’s walk will feature a one-mile route for “Miracle Mile” survivors – individuals who have suffered a heart attack or stroke – that will start at 7 a.m. followed by a four-mile walk starting at 7:10 a.m. The route will begin and end at 6th and Laurel avenues, San Diego. In addition to walking, the fundraiser will include an expo along with free health screenings and heart information, a kid’s zone, CPR training and live entertainment.

Proceeds will fund heart disease and stroke research and initiatives that promote the prevention, treatment and better patient care in the areas of cardiovascular disease. For more event information, visit www.sdheartwalk.org.

The Grossmont Healthcare District is a public agency that serves as landlord of Grossmont Hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings, on behalf of local taxpayers. The District was formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles in San Diego’s East County. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.