Sharp HealthCare President and CEO
The power of philanthropy – to help, care, support, heal and save has never been more important or valued than during 2020. Every hour of every day, the caregivers of Sharp HealthCare touch the lives of patients and their families, through skill and dedication, and with the support of a generous community. You have enabled Sharp to excel during a most challenging year and continue our legacy as San Diego’s Health Care Leader.
The Sharp Experience is a sacred trust and something each of us who represent this amazing organization provide to those we serve each and every day. I have been able to observe the incredible talent of our team members and the amazing kindness of those providing philanthropic support to our front-line staff. I am so proud that the Sharp family – more than 25,000 employees, volunteers and affiliated physicians – is here for the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – no matter the crisis.
As you scroll through our Foundations of Sharp HealthCare report, you’ll be touched by the stories of extraordinary caring and giving; at the heart of our mission to provide for the health of our community with a commitment to excellence in all that we do.
Sharp HealthCare’s long history of leadership in health care and national reputation for excellence, is due, in large part to the skill and dedication of the people of Sharp and the philanthropic support of a generous community.
500 Guardian Angels and Counting
The Guardian Angel program at Sharp HealthCare gives grateful patients and their loved ones the opportunity to recognize caregivers who made a difference during their visit or hospital stay while also supporting Sharp.
Dr. David Hansen, internal medicine at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, was recently recognized with his 501st Guardian Angel award. He was honored at a surprise celebration attended by his family, staff, Sharp leadership and former Chula Vista mayor, Cheryl Cox. Dr. Hansen is one of only four physicians in the Sharp system to reach this special milestone.
"Dr. Hansen been a part of this community for so long and he has contributed so much. I have known him for 24 years now and I can say that he has been instrumental. He is a humble person; he is kind and compassionate. This community and this hospital are a different place because of him." - Pablo Velez, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
Your Gift Makes a Difference
More than 4,200 Guardian Angel gifts were made in 2020 in honor of Sharp caregivers. Your donations make possible support for health education, research and advanced medical technology, including Sharp HealthCare Foundation's purchase of a new ophthalmic imaging system; the ArmeoSpring Therapy for rehabilitation patients; as well as NICU simulation equipment for our tiniest and most vulnerable patients.
A Devotion to Healing
Made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor and internationally acclaimed artist, Gerrit Greve, a total of 130 new paintings adorn the walls at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center and Sharp Grossmont Hospital. For over 15 years, Greve has supported enhancing the hospital environment and promoting healing for patients through his art.
"Patients have told me that when they walk through the halls with art, they forget for a few moments their pain and feel better when they return to their rooms." — Gerrit Greve
We Believe in Health
At Sharp, our mission is to improve the health of those we serve with a commitment to excellence in all that we do. That mission lives in the hearts of every one of our staff — and our compassionate supporters.
Steven and Elizabeth have been donors to Sharp HealthCare for nearly 30 years, beginning with a charitable remainder trust in the early 1990s, to major gifts to support the Laurel Amtower Cancer Institute and Neuro-Oncology Center and the orthopedic program.
"Through our philanthropy, we hope Sharp will continue to provide top-notch care for every patient in every facility and circumstance, from cancer to COVID. We hope all caregivers will be supported and thrive in their careers. We hope all personnel, from administration to parking, from security to custodial services, will always know they are part of the team that focuses on patients. We want Sharp to remain the best." — Elizabeth Ashworth
Steven and Elizabeth's cumulative giving has brought them to Leadership Circle membership with over $225,000 committed and gifted to various Sharp programs.
"Despite family responsibilities, we always found ways to save and invest. Now, we want to make sure that our earlier sacrifices will make a difference in the present and future world."
Thank You to Our Partners
Your generosity as Sharp's philanthropic partner ensures we can continue to be an asset for the community and a nationally recognized leader in health care. Thank you to our 1,300 Partners in Health and 930 Pillars of Philanthropy members who help us make a difference in the lives of those entrusted to our care.
A Lasting Gift to Sharp
Dean and Eleanor Payne were long-time patients of Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, as well as donors who on several occasions recognized their physicians as Guardian Angels.
Before their deaths, the Paynes worked with Sharp HealthCare Foundation to establish a trust that named Sharp Rees-Stealy as a beneficiary. Following their passing, and while planning was underway to allocate funds, COVID-19 hit. Working with the trustee for the Payne family, as well as the successor trustees from the family, it was determined that the gift — a total of $420,000 — should go directly to support COVID-19 relief efforts.
The results have been phenomenal. The physicians and staff of Sharp Rees-Stealy were able to provide thousands of health screening kits for individuals unable to visit the clinic, and grocery cards for patients isolated at home, lacking transportation and dealing with food insecurity due to COVID-19.
Legacy Circle donors like Mr. and Mrs. Payne ensure that resources are available to meet the health needs of our community through gift planning.
Create a lasting legacy with your gift to Sharp and join more than 500 Legacy Circle members.
One Family Transforms a Community
August 8, 2020 marked the 50th Anniversary of the four-story tower of Sharp Coronado Hospital. As we reflect on the history of the hospital, we also celebrate a family legacy that has helped to support exceptional health care in the Coronado community for decades.
Lynne Harpst Koen was presented with the Donald N. Sharp Medal for Philanthropy in appreciation for her recent leadership gift to Sharp Coronado Hospital. Lynne continues the third generation of Harpst Family support that has defined and transformed Coronado’s community hospital.
A Look Back at History
In the late 1960s, the city of Coronado was rapidly expanding. The historic Coronado Bridge was being constructed and the population of the island was growing quickly. The need to expand its community hospital became evident.
In 1970, Coronado Hospital broke ground on a new building through a gift of $2.3 million in Coca-Cola stock, with the support of Frances Nunnally Goodrich-Winzer. This allowed the hospital to open debt-free.
Frances Winzer’s daughter, Fran Harpst, continued in her mother’s footsteps, giving generously of her time and talent to the hospital. Over the span of her lifetime, Harpst donated more than $5.5 million to the Coronado Hospital Foundation. Her final gift, through her estate, allowed the hospital to purchase state-of-the-art MAKOPlasty® Partial Joint Replacement Technology that has helped establish the hospital as a Center of Excellence in Orthopedics.
The Legacy Continues
Harpst Koen, the granddaughter of Winzer and daughter of Harpst, was moved to carry on her family’s legacy in support of Sharp Coronado Hospital. In January 2020, Coronado Hospital Foundation received a $1 million gift from Harpst Koen to support the Campaign for Emergency and Intensive Care.
Thanks to the generosity of community members, a leadership gift from an anonymous donor and the Harpst Family legacy, the Foundation has secured more than $8 million towards the $12 million campaign goal.
A Personal Relationship with Medical Excellence
The David and Donna Long Cancer Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital has been taking care of East County residents for nearly three decades, touching the lives of countless patients and family members.
Philanthropy has been at the heart of the Cancer Center since it was first built – with the naming gift from Dr. David and Donna Long. Their generosity and the support of countless others have had enormous impact at the Long Cancer Center. In November, a much-needed renovation of the center was complete, providing a better healing environment and privacy for patients.
As we look to the future, Sharp Grossmont is planning for the most aggressive cancer-fighting technology. It is time to upgrade and replace the original TomoTherapy system purchased by Grossmont Hospital Foundation in 2004. Radixact radiation therapy is one of the most advanced treatments involving a combination of image guidance (IG) intensity-modulated radiation therapy and CT scanning. This system provides real-time images to customize the radiation to the exact patient’s tumor, sparing healthy tissue. It is effective in treating all types of cancer and can treat multiple sites at once. Sharp Grossmont will be the only medical facility in San Diego County to offer this technology to cancer patients.
Howard and Virginia are longtime East County residents and generous supporters of Grossmont Hospital Foundation. Their gifts of time, talent, and treasure will impact the lives of so many in the future.
We are incredibly grateful for the leadership and generosity of Howard and Virginia Levenson for making a lead gift to the campaign to bring new technology to the Long Cancer Center. Howard, who serves as chair of the Grossmont Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, is heading the campaign to make this new technology a reality.
Thank you to Howard, Virginia, and so many others for their support.
Making a Difference Together
The generosity of our team members is one of the hallmarks that makes Sharp HealthCare the best place to work. Thousands of employees support Sharp through charitable gifts, paid time off (PTO) and payroll deduction, and together, help ensure high-quality care is always available in our community.
Employee donor Cynthia Stuart extends her life-changing impact through gifts of PTO and most recently, a charitable bequest.
“I found myself very connected to our health care cause. I know that the services we provide are valuable and necessary. It’s a daily reminder of how important and better it is to give than to receive. It is tremendously rewarding.” — Cindy Stuart
We Are Sharp
More than 2,000 employee donors gave back to Sharp in 2020. Employee giving reached historic milestones, with team members contributing $1.7 million this past year, as well as an extraordinary 20,000 hours of donated paid time off.
Because of this generosity and compassion, we have made an incredible difference this year in the lives of our colleagues. Nearly 700 COVID-19 Sharp Employee Emergency Assistance grants of $1,000 each have been provided to our employees who are most impacted during these difficult times.
Thank you for helping us continue to be the best place to work, practice medicine and receive care.
Unprecedented. A common word to define 2020, COVID-19, and our daily lives. Yet, it is also a very appropriate description for giving to Sharp. An unprecedented response to COVID-19. The Foundations of Sharp HealthCare raised $6 million from 4,000 contributors in response to our nation's most serious health crisis, enabling us to provide critical support to caregivers and staff, patients and our community.
The world has been reminded this year that health care workers are not only essential, they are heroes. Heroes who run toward danger, ever mindful of the risks but determined to help in whatever way they can." — Chris Howard, Sharp HealthCare President and CEO
Despite facing the most challenging of events, the best parts of humanity — particularly generosity, care and gratitude toward others — have emerged in our community. We could not be more heartened or thankful.