Voters return two incumbents to Grossmont Healthcare District board of directors

Two longtime Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board members retained their seats in the recent November 2018 general election on the five-member board that represents more than 500,000 people residing in the district’s 750 square miles in East County.

San Diego East Region voters reelected Gloria Chadwick and Randy Lenac to four-year terms in a field of three candidates, including healthcare consultant Ed Martinez.

Chadwick, a retired psychiatric nurse, has served on the GHD board since 1998, when she became the first woman elected to the board in 22 years. In 2000, she became the first woman in GHD history to serve as board president. The Dehesa Valley resident has been reelected to the GHD board five times.

Lenac, a resident of Campo, was appointed to the GHD board in July 2014 and elected to a four-year term in November of the same year. Since 2011, Lenac, a retired Marine, has served on the board of the Grossmont Hospital Corporation. He also represents GHD on the board of the Association of California Healthcare Districts, a statewide organization representing healthcare districts.

The swearing in of Chadwick and Lenac will be held in December.

GHD, an East County regional public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, serves as landlord of Grossmont Hospital’s property and buildings on behalf of taxpayers. GHD was formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital. Today, the hospital is managed and operated by Sharp HealthCare under a lease agreement between GHD and Sharp HealthCare, which was extended by voters in 2014 for an additional 30 years.