Hospital construction monitoring group seeking additional members

conference-center-gallery-1-1000x600A volunteer citizens committee monitoring construction projects at Sharp Grossmont Hospital is looking for additional members. The openings are due to term limits for some members of the committee, called the Proposition “G” Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC). Another seat is vacant due to the passing of Alpine resident Dona Christensen who had served on the committee since 2011.

The ICBOC has been meeting since June 2006 when East County voters approved Prop. G, a $247 million bond ballot measure for financing improvement projects at the hospital. Prop. G passed by more than 77 percent, well over the two-thirds required.

ICBOC members are uncompensated East County residents who are charged with monitoring bond proceeds spent by the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), the public agency managing the bond-financed construction at the hospital. GHD serves as landlord of the hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of local taxpayers. The bond-financed construction is scheduled for completion in the next two-to-three years.

Barry Jantz, GHD CEO, said the ICBOC group needs several community volunteers to reach its full capacity of 11 members. Specific seats on the ICBOC are filled by individuals representing various constituency groups, according to ICBOC bylaws. Jantz said committee members have specific professional experience that relates to the hospital construction, including backgrounds in healthcare, construction, finance, labor or project management.

Jantz said the search also is continuing for a volunteer who would serve as a representative from the medical profession. He said the person cannot be currently affiliated with Sharp HealthCare since the quota for Sharp representatives on the ICBOC has been filled. “A retired doctor or nurse would also be ideal,” he said.

Another opening on the committee is for an “at large” member with no specific experience required, although experience in the financial industry would be preferred, Jantz said.

ICBOC members must reside within the District’s 750 square miles in San Diego’s East County. The full ICBOC meets quarterly and sub-committees meet at various times as needed, some monthly. Committee members serve for no more than three consecutive two-year terms. Interested volunteers can obtain an application by contacting GHD at (619) 825-5050, or via e-mail, info@grossmonthealthcare.org.

For more information about the ICBOC, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org and click the “Bond Oversight Committee” icon in the main menu. Available on the website are meeting minutes, meeting agendas, bylaws, annual workplans, reports, memos and presentations.

The Grossmont Healthcare District, formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County Region. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each representing more than 500,000 people residing within San Diego East County’s 750 square miles. In 1991, GHD opted to lease the hospital’s operation to Sharp HealthCare under a 30-year lease that runs through May 2021. The lease agreement between GHD and Sharp HealthCare was extended by voters in 2014 for an additional 30 years. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.
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