The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, will present the 2015 Kids Care Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside. The family-oriented event is open to the public and features free health care screenings for children.
Now in its 14th year, Kids Care Fest is an opportunity for children to receive free, potentially life-saving health care screenings, including hearing, vision and dental screenings, from health professionals. Also available at the event will be free medical information from pediatricians, dermatologists and pharmacists, along with free kids fingerprinting. Free flu shots also will be available (while supplies last).
Additional free activities will include rock climbing, inflatables and pony rides (100 pound limit for riders), along with demonstrations and displays from law enforcement, including police and fire officials. Also available will be free children’s readings books (while supplies last). For more information, phone (619) 825‑5050 or visit www.KidsCareFest.org.
Several local Lakeside community organizations are supporting the 2015 Kids Care Fest. Barona Resort & Casino is donating water bottles. The Lakeside Optimists Club will be serving their famous Opti-Dogs. Additional supporting organizations include the El Capitan Stadium Association, Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, Lakeside Community Collaborative, Lakeside Union School District and Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club.
Healthcare partners supporting 2015 Kids Care Fest include Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, Borrego Community Health Clinic, University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Eye Mobile for Children, La Maestra Community Health Centers, Mountain Health & Community Services, Neighborhood Healthcare, Family Health Centers of San Diego and the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency.
The Grossmont Healthcare District was formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. GHD serves as landlord for the hospital property and buildings on behalf of East County taxpayers. 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 in San Diego’s East County. For more information, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.