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|Not-for-profit hospital system|
|Founded||San Diego, California (1955)|
|Headquarters||San Diego, United States|
|Michael Murphy, President|
|Revenue||2.7 billion USD (Fiscal year ended September 30, 2012)|
Number of employees
Sharp HealthCare is a not-for-profit integrated regional health care delivery system located in San Diego. Sharp includes four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, two affiliated medical groups and a health plan. Sharp operates 2,100 beds, has approximately 2,600 physicians on medical staffs, more than 1,000 physicians in affiliated medical groups and more than 16,000 employees.
- 1 Awards
- 2 History
- 3 Medical firsts
- 4 Services
- 5 Locations
- 5.1 Acute-care hospitals
- 5.2 Specialty hospitals
- 5.3 Medical groups
- 6 References
- 7 External links
In November 2007, Sharp HealthCare was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology. Sharp was one of five organizations to receive the award, which is the nation’s highest Presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence.
Sharp was the first health care provider in California and the eighth in the nation to receive this recognition.
Other awards bestowed on Sharp HealthCare include:
• In 2013, Sharp was awarded nine Guardian of Excellence Awards and four Beacon of Excellence Awards from the Press Ganey organization for achievement in a range of quality measures.
• Sharp HealthCare ranked in 5th place in the large company-size category of California's Best Places to Work program
• Sharp HealthCare named one of the nation's "Most Wired", according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey in Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
• Sharp HealthCare is named one of the best places to work in information technology in 2013 (Sharp ranked sixth).
The first Sharp hospital opened in 1955 as Donald N. Sharp Memorial Community Hospital, a nonprofit facility in San Diego. Funding for the facility ded a 1950 donation of $500,000 from a rancher and radio communications pioneer named Thomas E. Sharp, in memory of his son, US Army Air Corps Lt. Donald N. Sharp, who had been killed in World War II. By 1952, more than $2.5 million had been donated by 1,300 individuals, families, and businesses. The groundbreaking for Donald N. Sharp Memorial Community Hospital took place in 1953.
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Sharp HealthCare has pioneered many medical firsts. Some of these include:
- Created first home monitoring program for high-risk cardiac patients
- First cardiac catheterization
- First electronic pacemaker west of Saint Louis
- First heart-kidney, heart, and lung transplants in San Diego
- First hospital-based program designed for the young children of alcoholics and other chemically dependent parents
- First major long-term rehabilitation center specializing in care for patients with spinal cord, stroke and brain injuries
- First private employer-sponsored child care center
- First use of the vented-electric left ventricular assist system (LVAS), which enables mobility for cardiac patients awaiting transplant surgery
- Opened the first hospice house in San Diego, offering in-home end-of-life care
- San Diego's first hospital-based alcohol and drug treatment program
- San Diego's first open-heart surgery
- Sharp Grossmont Hospital is the first hospital to convert to digital imaging
- Sharp Memorial Hospital, along with the San Diego Cardiac Center, participates in the first-ever human gene transfer therapy clinical trial in patients with heart failure
Sharp HealthCare provides the following services at various hospitals within the Sharp system.
• Alcohol and Drug Dependency
• Bloodless Medicine
• Cancer Care
• Heart and Vascular Care
• Home Care
• Mental Health
• Neurology and Stroke
• Pregnancy and Childbirth
• Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging
• Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy
• Robotic-Assisted Surgery
• Weight-Loss (Bariatric) Surgery
• Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
Sharp HealthCare includes four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, two medical groups and a health plan. Sharp's facilities operate 2,100 beds.
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
The cancer treatment program at Sharp Chula Vista is certified by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. The breast cancer treatment program at Sharp Chula Vista is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
Sharp Chula Vista's Birch Patrick Convalescent Center has a five-star rating (the highest possible) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Nursing Home Compare.
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center employs 400 physicians and 1,200 health care professionals, and treats more than 80,000 patients each year.
Sharp Coronado Hospital
Sharp Coronado Hospital affiliated with Sharp HealthCare in 1994. Located in Coronado, the facility holds 181 beds, 122 of which are skilled nursing beds. Sharp Coronado Hospital was the first Planetree Alliance hospital in San Diego County and, as such, focuses on patient empowerment, patient and family education and complementary therapies, including Healing Touch, clinical aromatherapy, acupuncture and massage therapy.
Sharp Grossmont Hospital
Sharp Grossmont Hospital is a Magnet-designated hospital for excellence in patient care and nursing practices. As the highest level of honor awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Magnet Recognition Program is accepted nationally as the gold standard in nursing excellence.
The cancer treatment program at Sharp Grossmont is certified by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. The breast cancer treatment program at Sharp Grossmont is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
Sharp Memorial Hospital
Opened in 1955, Sharp Memorial Hospital is Sharp's largest hospital and the system's only designated Level II trauma center. Located in Birdland/Serra Mesa, the hospital has 666 beds. Sharp Memorial Hospital is home to a large Emergency and Trauma center; a surgery center with state-of-the-art, high-tech surgery suites; many specialized medical programs and departments; and the only heart transplant center in San Diego. A unique feature of the hospital is that every room is a private room with its own bathroom, at no extra cost to the patient, and with sleeping space for a family member or loved one to stay the night.
In January 2012, Sharp Memorial was formally designated as a Planetree Designated Patient-Centered Hospital, joining Sharp Coronado as the only other hospital in California to receive the designation. In January 2008, Sharp Memorial became the second Sharp hospital to receive the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet recognition for nursing excellence, making Sharp HealthCare the first health system in California with two Magnet-designated hospitals.
The cancer treatment program at Sharp Memorial is certified by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. The breast cancer treatment program at Sharp Memorial is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns
Opened in 1992, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns is one of the first freestanding women's hospitals in the nation. More than 8,000 babies are born at Sharp Mary Birch each year, more than any other hospital in California. The hospital holds 206 beds, 84 of which are neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) beds.
Sharp Mary Birch has been designated a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery by the American Academy of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.
Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital
Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital is the largest privately operated psychiatric hospital and premier provider of psychiatric and chemical dependency services in San Diego County. Sharp Mesa Vista joined Sharp in 1998 and currently holds 149 beds.
Sharp McDonald Center
Sharp McDonald Center provides state-of-the-art treatment for adults and their families, the only medically supervised chemical dependency recovery hospital in San Diego County to do so. The hospital affiliated with Sharp HealthCare in 1998 and has 16 beds.
Sharp Community Medical Group
Sharp Community Medical Group (SCMG) is an association of private practice primary care physicians and specialists who practice in their own private offices located throughout San Diego County. The Sharp Community Medical Group network includes 207 primary care physicians and 520 specialists who currently provide care to more than 146,000 patients.
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group
The Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group has 21 locations throughout San Diego County. The medical group has 450 physicians - 156 primary care physicians and 294 specialists that represent virtually every field of medicine.