The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors will consider the process for filling a vacancy on the five-member board of directors during a Friday, June 20 regular board meeting. Board Member Michael Long resigned from the board on June 4 for personal reasons.
At the June 20 meeting, the board will consider posting a notice of vacancy soliciting applications from community members interested in being appointed to complete the remainder of the term of office, which ends in December of this year. An appointment must be made within 60 days after the vacancy occurs. Interested persons would be invited to submit an application, including their qualifications and reasons for wanting to serve on the board. Applicants would also be required to file a Fair Political Practices Act Disclosure Statement.
Long, a retired neurologist who practiced locally for 40 years, including serving as chief of the medical staff at Grossmont Hospital, was first elected to a two-year term on the board in November 2008. An El Cajon resident who has lived in the East County since 1967, Long was reelected to a four-year term in November 2010. He was serving this year in his second consecutive year as board president.
GHD, an East Region public agency that serves as landlord of Grossmont Hospital’s property and buildings on behalf of taxpayers, supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, including completion of over $240 million in improvements currently underway at the hospital. Formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, the District is governed by a board of directors, each representing more than 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles.