News from Grossmont Healthcare District
In response to the delayed passage of the California state budget, which has resulted in missed state Medi-Cal payments to community-based healthcare clinics providing medical services for low-income families, the Grossmont Healthcare District will contribute $470,000 in taxpayer dollars to six community clinics that serve East County residents.
The GHD board of directors voted in a special meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 17 to grant $100,000 apiece to the Borrego Community Health Foundation, Neighborhood Healthcare, Mountain Health & Community Services and Family Health Centers of San Diego. In addition, La Maestra Community Health Centers will receive $50,000, and San Diego American Indian Health Center will receive $20,000.
According to GHD president Jim Stieringer, the amounts were based on the number of East County residents served, the amount owed to each community clinic by the state and whether the clinics are located within the District boundaries. “Our local community-based health clinics that provide a healthcare safety net to the underinsured patients are heavily dependent on timely payments from the state, and we did not want them to be adversely affected in providing healthcare services to economically disadvantaged residents of the East County,” Stieringer said.
GHD is a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services through sponsorships and grants benefiting East County residents. Founded in 1952, GHD’s mission includes addressing the unmet healthcare care needs in the District’s 750 square miles service territory where nearly 500,000 people currently reside.
The Grossmont Healthcare District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms. The District serves as landlord of Sharp Grossmont Hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of local taxpayers. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.
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