report on giving 2017


Your generosity is transforming the health care experience for our community.

With you as our philanthropic partner, Sharp HealthCare is ensuring that our community receives the highest levels of medical innovation and patient-centered care — today and for generations to come.

Together we are...

Members of the Sharp HealthCare family like you help bring San Diegans the very best that health care has to offer through charitable giving in many different forms.

Charitable giving in many different forms

As a donor, you are truly changing lives. Thank you for your generous support.


Financial Health

Thanks to you and nearly 9,500 annual donors, the financial health of the Foundations of Sharp HealthCare was stronger than ever in 2017. 

Donors to Foundations of Sharp HealthCare in 2017

More than $19 million was contributed in 2017,

Contributions in 2017

and nearly $25 million was distributed for programs, technology and capital projects throughout Sharp.

Programs, technology and capital projects


Philanthropy continues to provide a significant portion of Sharp's annual investment in our community's health care. With decades of community support and prudent management, the Foundations have more than $128 million in assets that will support Sharp and health care in San Diego for years to come.


Amount Distributed

Coronado Hospital Foundation


Grossmont Hospital Foundation


Sharp HealthCare Foundation



Total Impact of Philanthropy




Building healing environments

Together we ensured that our community receives medical care in facilities that are second to none through giving in support of construction projects.

Cheryl Cox and John Willett

$1,813,831 was distributed to support the construction of a next-generation hospital to serve the growing binational region at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center in 2017.

Community members like former Mayor of Chula Vista, Cheryl Cox, made gifts to support the project through the Above and Beyond campaign. Many of the Cox family's donations were in honor of her 97-year-old father, John Willett's, Guardian Angel physician. 


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Guardian Angel gifts 2017


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Equipping expert caregivers with life-saving technology

Together we brought the benefits of proven medical advancements to our community through giving in support of the acquisition of the latest technology.

Mary and Keith McKinnon

$676,684 was distributed to support advanced technologies, healing environments and patient and community programs at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers in 2017.

Mary and Keith McKinnon are longtime supporters of technological and other care enhancements at Sharp Rees-Stealy. As Partners in Health for more than 10 years, they have helped Sharp Rees-Stealy continue to provide innovative and high-quality care.


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Partners in Health


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Discovering and sharing best practices

Together we allowed Sharp caregivers to continue to learn and conduct actionable research to improve patient outcomes and the quality of patient care through giving in support of research and education.

Nemeth NICU Follow Up Clinic

$715,064 was distributed to support the discovery and implementation of innovative therapies for at-risk infants at the Sharp Mary Birch Neonatal Research Institute as well as the facilitation of interventions during these babies' critical developmental years at the Nemeth NICU Follow Up Clinic in 2017.

When The Alexander and Eva Nemeth Foundation learned about Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns' work to discover and disseminate evidence-based practices to help babies around the country get a healthier start, they knew it perfectly aligned with their mission. The Nemeth Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to support the hospital's NICU Follow Up Clinic, which promotes optimal growth and success for babies born preterm through assessments and interventions that ensure they meet developmental milestones throughout childhood. The clinic's home site, currently under development, will be named the Nemeth NICU Follow Up Clinic in honor of this Pillar-level philanthropic investment.


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Pillars of Philanthropy help fund major investment through gifts with a personal connection.


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Personalizing the treatment process

Together we strengthened Sharp's commitment to providing a level of care that exceeds expectations through giving in support of programs tailored to the needs of patients and their loved ones.
 Kevin Cook

was distributed to support personalized and highly specialized oncology treatment and care at Sharp Memorial Hospital and its Laurel Amtower Cancer Institute and Neuro-Oncology Center in 2017.

Kevin Cook, a grateful patient of both Sharp Memorial Hospital and Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers, pledged $3.5 million from his estate to create the Kevin H. Cook Infusion Center in honor of the outstanding Sharp caregivers who have supported him throughout his cancer treatments. The center, now under construction at the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus and scheduled to open this spring, will bring together the oncology programs and services of both Sharp Memorial and Sharp Rees-Stealy.


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Planned giving to Sharp


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Redefining the experience of care

Together we created the very best experience that health care has to offer for patients of all ages through giving in support of care enhancements that enable optimal healing.

Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital employee and donor Mary Caldwell

was distributed to support enhancements to care and resources for patients at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital in 2017, including the renovation of the Child and Adolescent Unit to improve the environment where children and teen facing the challenges of mental illness receive compassionate care and regain stability and hope.

Mary Caldwell, environmental services manager at Sharp Mesa Vista and a Sharp HealthCare employee of more than 50 years, was inspired to give via payroll deduction and PTO donation to support the renovation project because of the importance she sees in investing in the well-being of young people. 

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Employee, physician and auxiliary giving


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