Foundations of Sharp HealthCare

Honoring Our Sharp HealthCare Nurses

SHN Nurses


Dear Friends and Supporters,

This National Nurses Day is a most appropriate day to give a special thank you and appreciation to all nurses; and especially those nurses at Sharp HealthCare. Our nurses truly are heroes, providing care, compassion, skill, dedication, and courage – for every patient and family member, 24 hours a day, every day. They have been at the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19, and now helping Sharp to administer more than 500,000 vaccines to the San Diego community.

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Our nurses are among the most skilled and recognized in the nation. Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital and Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns have received MAGNET® recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The MAGNET Recognition Program® is the highest honor bestowed by the ANCC and is recognized nationally as the gold standard in nursing excellence.

In recognition of the critical role nurses play in patient-centered care, the Terrence and Barbara Caster Institute for Nursing Excellence, under the leadership of Laurie Ecoff, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNL, was established in 2008 to strengthen the organization’s performance through mutual goals, objectives and best practices, and to advance the nursing profession through opportunities for lifelong learning, ultimately translating to ever-greater care for patients.

With a $3 million naming gift from the Caster Family Trust, the Terrence and Barbara Caster Institute for Nursing Excellence generates new professional nurses and advances practice and education for the nearly 6,800 nurses at Sharp. This new institute model has four centers of excellence, each with a unique focus: Professional Growth, Inquiry and Innovation, Education and Technology and Community Engagement.

Nursing research at Sharp HealthCare is an active part of our professional culture. Every Sharp entity has nurses investigating ways to perform best practice, transfer knowledge to others and measure outcomes with new knowledge and innovations. Sharp nurses and inter-professional colleagues have produced numerous professional and scientific papers, conference presentations, evidenced-based practice projects, and has partnered with academia to promote and sustain the work of nurse scientists and creation of new knowledge.

Thanks to your support, and many others in the community, we are proud to invest $200,000 annually in nursing scholarships, thus furthering the education and knowledge of dozens of Sharp caregivers each year seeking to advance their careers. If you would like to learn more about our nursing scholarship program, and how you can help, email us at

Happy National Nurses Day!


With appreciation,

Bill Littlejohn

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