Grossmont Healthcare District fills board vacancy; appointee is a retired Marine, cattle rancher, hospital board treasurer

RandyLenacFotoRandy Lenac has been appointed to the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors. He was selected by the GHD board from among a field of eight East County residents who applied to fill a seat vacated by Dr. Michael Long, who resigned in June. Long was up for reelection this year and Lenac will serve the remainder of Long’s term.

Lenac (pronounced LEN-ack), 61, with executive management experience in administration, finance and program development and strategy, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1975 to 2002, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He has lived in Campo since 2002.

During his military career, he served as director of personnel overseeing about 100,000 troops stationed oversees during the 1990-1991 Gulf War, known as “Operation Desert Shield.” He also assisting in drafting war plans that were implemented with the 2003 Iraq War, also referred to as “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

After retiring from active military service, Lenac worked as executive director of the Southern Indian Health Council in Alpine.

Since 2011, he has served as a board member of the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC), a non-profit entity that oversees the management and operation of Grosssmont Hospital under a lease with Sharp HealthCare. He was appointed earlier this year to serve as GHC board treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee.

He is a member of the East County Economic Development Council, San Diego County Taxpayers Association and the Lincoln Club of San Diego County. He also currently serves as board secretary of Mountain Health & Community Services, a primary health provider to residents of rural East County communities.

An active cattle rancher and owner since 1998 of the 200-acre Big Springs Ranch in Campo, Lenac also is a member of the California Cattlemen’s Association. Campo is a rural community 55 miles east of San Diego where many of the 2,600 residents live on multi-acre lots.

He also is current president of Save Our Rural Economy, a grassroots group of residents and property owners who monitor land use issues that impact rural backcountry communities. In 2004, he founded H.O.P.E. (Homeowners for the Preservation and Enhancement) of the Mountain Empire, a political action committee.

He is a graduate (summa cum laude) of the University of Washington and has a masters degree in business administration (with honors) from Webster University of St. Louis.

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.

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