San Diego Business Journal

Hospital District to Review Big-Picture Issues

By Julie Gallant Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The public will have the opportunity to weigh in on issues affecting the Grossmont Healthcare District during a strategic planning meeting set for 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the district’s conference center at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa.

Grossmont Healthcare District CEO Barry Jantz said the district is evaluating the outlook for the next five to 10 years as a way of managing risk. Jantz said constructive feedback from community members and stakeholders will be shared with the district’s five board members who represent more than 500,000 people in a 750-square-mile territory. The goal is to create a formal strategic planning document.

Areas of concern include managing $240 million in voter approved construction improvements. Grossmont Hospital has already been upgraded with a 90-bed critical care tower and work is under way on improvements to the existing 1970s main patient tower. Progress is also being made on a separately financed $18 million central energy plant and cogeneration unit.

Long-term considerations are leasing arrangements set to expire in May 2021. GHD entered into a 30-year agreement in 1991 to lease the hospital’s operation to Grossmont Hospital Corp., a nonprofit entity that’s part of Sharp HealthCare of San Diego.

BHI Consulting, a firm that assists public agencies and organizations in strategic planning and risk management efforts, will facilitate the meeting.

Formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, GHD serves as owner and landlord of the hospital facilities on behalf of local taxpayers.