Grossmont Hospital: A Legacy of Community Service

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In early 1952, eastern San Diego County's citizens voted overwhelmingly to establish the Grossmont Hospital District. Local civic leaders and physicians envisioned it as the vehicle for building a modern hospital to address the healthcare needs of their rapidly growing post–World War II communities. In August 1955, the district subsequently opened Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. For the next sixty-five years, the institution grew to serve suburban and rural residents spread over the 750-square-mile district. In dealing with the daunting challenges of modern healthcare, the governing board entered a precedent-setting lease for hospital operations with San Diego–based nonprofit Sharp HealthCare in 1991. Historian James D. Newland has partnered with Grossmont Hospital and the Grossmont Healthcare District in chronicling the inspiring story of this iconic regional institution.
ISBN: 9781625859341
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Images: 81
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Author James D. Newland, La Mesa resident and a historian and manager with California State Parks, has partnered with the Grossmont Healthcare District to create this brief history of the landmark publicly owned community hospital. A graduate of San Diego State University, he has authored several other histories on the La Mesa and East County region.
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