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The compliance relates to transparency in several areas, including reporting, purchasing, conflict of interest and expenditures of public funds. “We are very pleased and honored to receive this prestigious certification that affirms our current and ongoing practices as well as our commitment to the public to continually operate in an open and transparent manner, at the highest of standards,” said Robert “Bob” Ayres, 2016 GHD board president. “East San Diego County residents can be assured that we are taking seriously our responsibility to adhere to sound business practices, integrity and openness and with the taxpayers’ best interests in mind, for the benefit of the communities we serve.” “Our certification process is a thorough review that involves an examination of best business practices,” said ACHD Executive Director Kenneth Cohen.

“The general public, as well as our state legislators, can have confidence that a healthcare district’s affairs are conducted in a manner that is open and transparent.” California’s healthcare districts are public entities providing community-based healthcare services to residents throughout the state. Each district is governed by a locally elected board of directors who are directly accountable to the communities they serve. Districts provide a range of services, which may include a hospital, clinic, skilled nursing facility or emergency medical services, as well as education and wellness programs and community grants and scholarship support. GHD is the 11th healthcare district in the state to receive the recognition since ACHD introduced its certification program in 2014. Certification is available to all 78 California healthcare districts. Palomar Health, which covers a large portion of northern San Diego County, was the first California healthcare district to earn the ACHD certification in August 2014.

The Grossmont Healthcare District is an East County regional public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County. Formed in 1952 to build Grossmont Hospital, 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. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org. Local Chambers to Present `Politics in Paradise’ in a New Format Local chamber of commerce groups in San Diego’s East County will jointly present “Politics in Paradise” from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 30, at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. Chambers supporting the event include the San Diego East County Chamber, Lakeside Chamber, Santee Chamber and Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber. Also supporting the event is the San Diego East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC). The event will feature meet-and-greet with elected officials currently holding office, as well as candidates for key federal, state and county elected offices, along with beer, wine and appetizers from East County restaurants, wineries and breweries. Rather than repeating the event’s traditional format with comments and replies from speakers on stage in a group setting in the Garden’s amphitheater area, this year’s event will feature elected officials positioned in their own area in a mixer setting where attendees can interact and speak with them one-one-one in person, said Eric Lund, general manager, San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. Lund said the program also will feature a brief introduction by moderator Barry Jantz, chair of the San Diego East County Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee. Cost to attend is $20 per person if RSVP is received prior to Monday, June 27. The price increases to $25 per person with RSVP after June 27. Cost is $30 per person at the door without reservations. Chamber officials said admission cost is tax deductible because event proceeds will benefit the San Diego East County Foundation, a non-profit organization. Event sponsors include San Diego Gas & Electric, AT&T, Team XL Staffing, Wade Howard & Associates CPA, iMortgage, Kaiser Permanente, The Computer Admin, Cox Communications and the San Diego Regional Airport Authority. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle at [email protected], (619) 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org, or one of the participating Chambers or ECEDC. Santee Dad is `Father of the Year’ from American Diabetes Association Santee resident Tracy Sundlun, senior VP of global events, Competitor Group, will be honored by the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) San Diego office with a 2016 Father of the Year award at a fundraising dinner on Thursday, June 16, at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, 3777 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego. Sundlun, father of daughter Felicity, is co-founder of Competitor Group’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, which began in 1998 and has grown to 30 events in 15 states, Washington D.C., and six countries, featuring more than 600,000 runners annually. He has been inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions, and last year was named “One of the 50 Most Influential People in Running” by Runner’s World magazine. Sundlun has seen success at guiding athletes at every level. In his more than 20 years of coaching, Sundlun helped guide more than 100 athletes from 15 different countries who represented their country in the Olympic Games and other major international competitions. He was the youngest ever Olympic coach in 1972, and will serve as head manager of the United States Men’s Track & Field Team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Two other local fathers will be honored at the ADA’s 13th annual Father of the Year awards dinner. They include Jeffrey Martin, CEO, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Tum Vongsawad, chief operating officer, San Diego County Credit Union. ADA officials said the fundraiser on June 16 is expected to generate about $200,000 in donations for diabetes research and programs and services for people with diabetes. For event information and to RSVP, contact Nicole Eades, ADA director of development, at (619) 234-9897, ext.

La Mesa Health Llibrary Features Watercolor Art Exhibit The Dr. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now hosting its Spring Art Exhibit featuring 19 watercolor paintings by award-winning artist Carol Roberts of Spring Valley.

The exhibit features paintings of landscapes, animals, birds, flowers and scenery, some of them inspired by Roberts’ scuba diving trips to New Guinea, Palau and Fiji. Roberts’ first career was in medical school management. She has managed Internal Medicine Departments at the University of California San Francisco and University of Utah and the Department of Anesthesiology and Department of Surgery at the University of California San Diego. Since 2000, she has worked full-time as a real estate broker-associate with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties in La Mesa.

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