Foundations of Sharp HealthCare

A Year of COVID-19: Leadership, Determination and Generosity 


Dear Friends,

In January 2020, the first case of Coronavirus was identified in the United States; and Sharp HealthCare was already taking action through the work of our Highly Infectious Disease Committee. What began as precautionary measures became a year-long battle against a global pandemic. Throughout the entire year, Sharp HealthCare was an extraordinary leader in the fight against COVID-19, and we have you to thank for helping to make it possible.

Sharp Caregivers

Since the establishment of the Sharp COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, more than $6 million has been contributed – and more importantly made a difference in the lives of our patients, caregivers and the San Diego community.

  • $500,000 toward germ-zapping robots to keep our hospitals virus free
  • More than 400 nurses provided with advanced training in response to needs caused by COVID-19
  • $500,000 in funding for Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers for increased screening and testing for vulnerable populations
  • Four research grants totaling $250,000 for COVID testing, therapies and treatments
  • $200,000 in funding for the Sharp Enterprise Data Analytics division, which provides real-time COVID-19 data and analysis; assisting our physicians and caregivers in therapies and treatment
  • Support to expand the counseling provided by the Sharp Employee Assistance Program (EAP), for the thousands of Sharp caregivers experiencing the challenges of working endless hours in our COVID units
  • More than 1,000 in-kind donations valued at $2 million including PPE, meals, groceries and supplies for our caregivers
  • Advanced technology refrigeration unit for vaccine storage
  • $1 million in emergency assistance grants for 1,000 Sharp employees impacted by the pandemic

And the impact?

Throughout the entire pandemic, one constant has been the amazing care provided by our clinical teams and the support they’ve received from all areas of the organization – and the community. Through determination, innovation and countless hours, together they achieved phenomenal successes in the face of extreme adversity.

While we hear reports of COVID cases and deaths, I want to share incredible achievements and demonstrate just how far Sharp as come since March 2020.

Here are a few highlights:

Sharp COVID-19 Stats

Since March 2020, Sharp team members have cared for more than 14,000 patients who were subsequently discharged to their homes. In just the last week, more than 300 COVID-19 patients were successfully treated and discharged; Sharp has cared for more COVID-19 patients than any other San Diego provider. Thank you for helping to make this achievement possible; and we are indeed grateful for the incredible work our care teams continue to do each and every day for our community.

We have been actively vaccinating our employees and providers, despite delays in vaccine delivery. Since December 18, more than 16,000 Sharp team members, including over 65 percent of our clinical employees in the highest risk tier, have received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Look for information from Sharp in the coming weeks on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to the public; read the latest update here.

As we look ahead to the coming months of 2021 and the challenges and opportunities it will bring; we are confident that with your partnership, we will continue to serve as San Diego’s Health Care Leader.

Please let us know if you have questions or comments at

With appreciation,

Bill Littlejohn

Bill Littlejohn
Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
The Foundations of Sharp HealthCare