Grossmont Healthcare District offering free health screenings for children



The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, will present the 2016 Kids Care Fest, a free, family-oriented health event open to the public. Featuring free health care screenings, Kids Care Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds,12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside.

Now in its 15th year, Kids Care Fest is an opportunity for children to receive free, potentially life-saving health care screenings, including vision and dental screenings and children’s wellness checkups. The event will also feature information from dermatologists, pharmacists and other medical professionals, along with free kids fingerprinting and free flu shots (while supplies last).

Additional free activities will include rock climbing, inflatable obstacle course and pony rides (100 pound limit for riders), along with demonstrations and displays from law enforcement, including police and fire officials. Also available will be free children’s readings books (while supplies last). For more information, phone (619) 825‑5050 or visit www.KidsCareFest.org.

Healthcare partners supporting 2016 Kids Care Fest include Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, Borrego Community Health Foundation, University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Eye Mobile for Children, La Maestra Community Health Centers, Family Health Centers of San Diego, Neighborhood Healthcare and the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency.

Other community partners supporting 2016 Kids Care Fest include El Capitan Stadium Association, Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, Optimist Club of Lakeside, Lakeside Union School District, Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club, KUSI-NEWS, KSON-FM 97.3 and 92.1 and Radio Latina 104.5-FM.

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