Grossmont Healthcare District recognized for `best practices’ and transparency from state association

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The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) has recognized the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) with its “Best Practices in Governance” certification, indicating GHD’s commitment to open and transparent government. 

The designation signifies that GHD is compliant with ACHD core standards for demonstrating open and transparent business practices for the benefit of the communities served, said ACHD officials. 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. The certification is valid for three years. 

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.