A message from Sharp HealthCare President and CEO Chris Howard
My first year at Sharp had many memorable moments, but it is without a doubt the people of Sharp that remain indelibly inked as my finest memories during year one. I realized early on that the Sharp family was special. I have witnessed first-hand our team members, providers, board members and auxiliary emulate our mission and values through both good and challenging times. I continue to be amazed by the commitment I see from all to reach for the stars in our quest for top decile performance within our seven pillars of excellence. Most importantly, our Sharp family cares deeply for one another, for those we serve and for those who help us deliver the world-class care that only an organization like Sharp can provide. To be part of this legacy is truly a dream come true.
I knew well before arriving the special culture that existed at Sharp. Having been part of other health systems, I have watched philanthropy in action elsewhere. But I knew something special awaited me at Sharp and I could not wait to be part of it. Our Foundations of Sharp and prevailing culture of philanthropy are nothing short of amazing. Just as other health systems attempt to emulate The Sharp Experience, many also strive to replicate the strong philanthropic support of our system. Not only is what we have special, but it is essential.
Sharp remains a financially strong organization, but the reality is the future of health care as an industry has never been so uncertain. Will we have Medicare for All? Will the Affordable Care Act be completely unwound in the interim? Such landmark decisions will likely dramatically alter the global financial health care landscape and create greater financial pressures for our organization.
Having the vital support of our Foundations will not only help us weather the impending storm, but will also assist in deploying strategies that may otherwise not be possible without alternative funding. Knowing our Foundations stand ready to serve as a partner in achieving our strategic vision to be the best place to work, best place to practice medicine and best place to receive care makes me even more appreciative to be a part of our amazing Sharp family.
Your generosity as Sharp HealthCare's philanthropic partner helps ensure that our community receives the very best that health care has to offer. With your thoughtful giving, you're transforming the health care experience for San Diego — today and for generations to come.
Whether you supported Sharp in 2019 as a
You've made a difference in countless lives.
See the exceptional level of care your giving made possible for local patients — from programs to technology to facilities — in this special edition of the Foundations of Sharp HealthCare's Report on Giving.
tribute gifts are expressions of gratitude to outstanding Sharp caregivers that also enhance care for San Diegans.
"I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Sharp Coronado Hospital professionals who provided me outstanding care in the Emergency Department."
Leo and Chris Rocca, grateful patients and major donors to the Campaign for Emergency and Intensive Care at Sharp Coronado Hospital, recently recognized a group of exceptional emergency caregivers at Sharp Coronado as their Guardian Angels. The Rocca's generous contribution to the expansion of emergency care and renovation of intensive and acute care delivery at the hospital will be recognized with a room named in their honor in the expanded Emergency Department.
4,000 Guardian Angel gifts
were made in honor of Sharp caregivers in 2019.
Partners in Health
help make Sharp's vision of transforming the health care experience a reality throughout the county with annual gifts totaling $1,000 or more.
"Howard and Virginia Levenson are the kind of donors and volunteers that motivate us all to do more for our community and the organizations that make a difference in our lives.”
Longtime Grossmont Hospital Foundation Partners Howard and Virginia Levenson have supported various projects to enhance care for the East County community during their nearly 30 years as committed donors and volunteers. In 2019, they made a lead gift to the newly launched Future of Cancer Care campaign that allowed for the purchase of a new TomoTherapy Treatment System as well as programs and services to support cancer care in East County. Howard, past Chair and current Vice Chair of the Grossmont Hospital Foundation Board of Governors, is also serving as Chair of the campaign to help raise additional funds needed.
1,150 Partners in Health
made an annual contribution at a leadership level in 2019.
Pillars of Philanthropy
fund investments in medical innovation and patient-centered care by contributing significant resources to initiatives that align with their visions for improving the health of our community.
"Thanks to the Casters' generosity, the Terrence and Barbara Caster Institute for Nursing Excellence will build upon the work of the Center of Nursing Excellence to generate new professional nurses and advance practice and education for the 6,800 nurses at Sharp."
After more than a decade of impactful philanthropy which brought scholarships and career advancement opportunities to hundreds of Sharp nurses through the Center of Nursing Excellence, the Caster family pledged $2 million to rename and elevate the Center to the Terrence and Barbara Caster Institute for Nursing Excellence. Terrence Caster and his late wife Barbara are among Sharp's most generous benefactors, and their transformational gift will allow the Institute to expand into four centers of excellence, each with a unique focus: professional growth; inquiry and innovation; education and technology; and community engagement.
860 Pillars of Philanthropy
have funded major investments through 2019.
donors ensure that resources are available to meet the future health care needs of our community through gift planning.
"I went on a tour of the tower construction site and was impressed by the private patient rooms, the operating rooms with robotic technology, and the only hybrid catheterization lab in South Bay. I was glad to see such a major improvement in this location. And, of course, it’s all to benefit Chula Vista. So I thought because I’ve been a longtime resident of this community, then that’s the best place to focus my legacy."
Retired aerospace engineer and longtime Chula Vista resident and Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center patient Dale Bowers included a charitable gift in his estate plan to name two nurses stations in the newly opened hospital tower at Sharp Chula Vista. It was his way of saying thank you for the decades of care that have helped him stay healthy.
540 members of the Legacy Circle
arranged planned gifts to Sharp through 2019.
extend their life-changing impact through gifts of cash, PTO and payroll deduction to areas of care most meaningful to them.
"Do small things with great love."
Four Sharp Chula Vista nurses made a significant gift to name the SICU staff lounge in the new hospital tower and included this compassionate reminder on the plaque outside the space. They were among hundreds of employee donors who together generously donated nearly $1.5 million generous Sharp employee donors came together to help build South Bay's first new hospital in 40 years.
2,000 employee donors
gave back to Sharp in 2019.