Sharp HealthCare

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Sharp HealthCare
Not-for-profit hospital system
IndustryHealth Care
FoundedSan Diego, California (1955)
Headquarters,
United States
Key people
Michael Murphy, President
RevenueGreen Arrow Up.svg 3.5 billion USD (Fiscal year ended September 30, 2016)
Number of employees
18,000
WebsiteSharp.com

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, three affiliated medical groups and a health plan. Sharp has approximately 2,600 physicians and more than 18,000 employees.

Awards[edit]

Awards and recognitions bestowed on Sharp HealthCare include:

  • 2018 Forbes America's Best Employers for Diversity
  • 2017 Most Wired Hospitals by Hospitals & Health Networks
  • 2017 Nation's Top Performers by The Joint Commission
  • 2017 Better Business Bureau Environmental Stewardship Award

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.

History[edit]

The first Sharp hospital opened in 1955 as Donald N. Sharp Memorial Community Hospital, a nonprofit facility in San Diego. Funding for the facility began in 1950 with a donation of $500,000 from local rancher and radio communications pioneer Thomas E. Sharp. This donation was made in memory of his son, US Army Air Corps Lt. Donald N. Sharp, who had been killed during 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.[1]

Medical firsts[edit]

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

Services[edit]

Sharp HealthCare provides the following services at various hospitals within the Sharp system.

  • Alcohol and drug dependency
  • Bloodless medicine
  • Cancer treatment
  • Diabetes
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Eating disorders
  • Emergency and urgent care
  • Endoscopy
  • Executive health
  • Eye care
  • Flu care
  • Heart and vascular care
  • Home health
  • Hospice
  • Integrative and complementary medicine
  • Internal medicine
  • Laboratory services
  • Men's health
  • Mental health
  • Neurology and stroke
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational health
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Primary care and family health
  • Radiology and diagnostic imaging
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Senior care
  • Skilled nursing
  • Sleep disorders
  • Transplant
  • Travel medicine
  • Weight-loss (bariatric) surgery
  • Weight management support
  • Women's care
  • Wound care and hyperbaric medicine

Locations[edit]

Sharp HealthCare includes four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, three medical groups and a health plan.[2]

Acute-care hospitals[edit]

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center[edit]

Affiliated with Sharp HealthCare since 1989, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center is located in Chula Vista. It has 343 licensed beds, including 100 skilled nursing beds and 9 neonatal intensive care beds.

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 Coronado Hospital[edit]

Sharp Coronado Hospital has been affiliated with Sharp HealthCare since 1994. Located in Coronado, the facility holds 181 licensed 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[edit]

Located in La Mesa, California, Sharp Grossmont Hospital affiliated with Sharp HealthCare in 1991. Sharp Grossmont Hospital holds 524 licensed beds, 24 of which are neonatal intensive care beds.

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[edit]

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 656 licensed 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.

Specialty hospitals[edit]

Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns[edit]

Opened in 1992, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns is one of the first freestanding women's hospitals in the nation. More than 9,400 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[edit]

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 158 licensed and 154 maintained psychiatric beds.

Sharp McDonald Center[edit]

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 licensed beds.

Medical groups[edit]

SharpCare Medical Group[edit]

SharpCare Medical Group is provides quality care for patients in San Diego. The SharpCare Medical Group network gives access to more than 600 specialists, including Sharp Community Medical Group's network, and represents more than 30 specialties. Patients have access to 21 urgent cares, four Sharp hospitals and ongoing health and wellness classes. New SharpCare primary care office locations are being planned for communities throughout San Diego.

Sharp Community Medical Group[edit]

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 222 primary care physicians and 826 specialists.

Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group[edit]

The Sharp Rees-Steally Medical Group has 22 locations throughout San Diego County. The medical group has 592 physicians - 195 primary care physicians and 397 specialists that represent virtually every field of medicine.

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