Sharp HealthCare – Why Work For Us?

For more than 50 years, Sharp HealthCare — San Diego’s premier health care provider — has been dedicated to improving the health of everyone we serve. Sharp is not for profit, but for people, which means all of our resources are dedicated to providing the highest quality care, the latest medical technology and superior service for our patients and their families.

As San Diego’s largest and most comprehensive health care system, Sharp offers a wide choice of career opportunities through four acute care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, two affiliated medical groups, outpatient and urgent care centers, home health care, a health plan and hospice and skilled nursing facilities located throughout the community.

At the heart of our organization are more than 18,000 affiliated physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers who are on an exciting journey to make health care better for our patients and their families. It’s what we call The Sharp Experience — treating each person with dignity, compassion and respect, and using our clinical excellence and advanced technology to deliver outstanding patient care. We are dedicated to transforming the health care experience, making health care more meaningful, more thoughtful and more personal.


As San Diego’s health care leader, it is our mission to improve the health of those we serve with a commitment to excellence in all that we do.

Our goal is to offer high-quality care and services that set community standards, exceed patient expectations and are provided in a caring, convenient, cost-effective and accessible manner.

Our vision is to be the best place to work, practice medicine and receive care, and ultimately the best health care system in the universe.



Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center

As the leading provider of health care services in the South Bay, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center delivers high-caliber care designed to meet the needs of the community. Home to the region’s most comprehensive heart program, it also has the area’s only radiation oncology center and certified community hospital cancer program. The hospital has San Diego County’s only comprehensive Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Center, which serves patients who wish to avoid blood transfusions for personal or religious reasons.

The new Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, opening in June 2012, will offer a unique healing environment with the most advanced medical technology available for cancer treatment.

Sharp Coronado Hospital

From emergency services to a nationally recognized total joint replacement program, Sharp Coronado Hospital provides top-quality, comprehensive health care.

Sharp Coronado incorporates many personalized aspects into its care philosophy — including patient empowerment, patient and family education and an environment that promotes healing through complementary therapies such as clinical aromatherapy, massage and Healing Touch. Sharp Coronado Hospital was one of the first five hospitals nationally — and the first in California — to be designated as a Patient-Centered Hospital by Planetree, an organization committed to personalizing, humanizing and demystifying the hospital experience for patients and their families.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital

Sharp Grossmont Hospital is the largest not-for-profit, full-service, acute care hospital in the San Diego region. The hospital has outstanding programs in heart care, orthopedics, rehabilitation, robotic surgery, stroke care and women’s health. In addition, the hospital’s Emergency and Critical Care Center is one of the most technologically advanced in the nation.

Sharp Grossmont Hospitalis nationally recognized as a Magnet®-designated hospital. This designation is the “gold standard” for patient care and nursing excellence and is the highest honor awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns

As San Diego’s only hospital dedicated exclusively to caring for women and newborns, Sharp Mary Birch offers a full range of medical and surgical services for all stages of life — from pregnancy to menopause to healthy aging.

Nearly 8,500 babies are born at Sharp Mary Birch each year, more than any other hospital in California. The hospital’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the largest of its kind in San Diego and cares for more than 1,100 babies annually. Sharp Mary Birch also provides the latest options in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including robotic surgery for gynecologic cancer, uterine fibroids, infertility and hysterectomies.

Sharp Memorial Hospital

Sharp Memorial Hospital — the first hospital in San Diego with all private patient rooms — is dedicated to providing the highest quality patient-centered care. Designed to promote comfort and healing with the use of natural light and soothing colors, the hospital offers the latest medical technology and is home to San Diego’s largest, most modern emergency and trauma center.

Sharp Memorial is known for outstanding programs in cardiac and vascular care, cancer treatment, orthopedic and neurological services, rehabilitation, robotic surgery and multiorgan transplantation, and has been recognized as a Magnet-designated hospital for nursing excellence.

Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion, located next to Sharp Memorial Hospital, offers a wide array of services including cancer treatment, laser vision correction, general and women’s imaging, outpatient surgery, endoscopy, diabetes education and a community conference center and health library. At the heart of the Pavilion is the Cushman Wellness Center — providing comprehensive health evaluations tailored to an individual’s age and lifestyle, and integrative therapies to enhance physical, mental and spiritual health.

Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital and Sharp McDonald Center

As the largest behavioral health care provider in San Diego, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital provides a full range of programs to people of all ages including children, adolescents, adults and seniors challenged by depression, substance abuse or serious mental illness. The hospital’s Clinical Research Program has conducted more than 250 clinical trials of investigational medications since its inception in 1963, providing new options and hope for people with mental illness.

Offering the only medically supervised substance abuse recovery facility in San Diego County, the Sharp McDonald Center provides patients individually tailored approaches to drug and alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation in a supportive, structured, homelike setting.

Both Sharp Mesa Vista and Sharp McDonald Center provide inpatient care as well as outpatient programs throughout the community.



Sharp Home Care

With a focus on maximizing recovery, independence and long-term wellness, Sharp Home Care provides diabetes-care instruction, specialty nursing, rehabilitation, and senior behavioral health services to individuals throughout San Diego County.

Sharp Home Infusion Services

The specialized team at Sharp Home Infusion includes pharmacists who provide clinical evaluation and management, pharmacy technicians who prepare and package infusion products and a dietitian for nutritional consultations, as well as specially trained home-infusion nurses, all who coordinate care for patients in their homes.

Sharp Hospice Care

Sharp Hospice Care is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and compassionate support to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses, along with their families and friends. Services range from relief of physical discomfort to emotional and spiritual support.

Sharp Hospice Care provides services in patients’ homes as well as at the region’s first freestanding hospice homes, LakeView Home in La Mesa and ParkView Home in Del Cerro, which offer end-of-life patients an alternative to nursing-home placement. Each of the homes are staffed 24 hours a day by licensed nurses and offer a comfortable and supportive environment for up to four patients.

Sharp System Services

The experts at Sharp System Services provide operational support to the entities within Sharp HealthCare. Departments within Sharp System Services include: Clinical Effectiveness, Contracts, Corporate Compliance, Facilities Development, Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, Information Technology, Internal Audit, Marketing and Communications, Legal, Risk Management and Insurance, Strategic Planning and Business Development, System Supply Chain Services and The Sharp Experience and Sharp University.



Sharp Community Medical Group

Sharp Community Medical Group, San Diego’s largest group of private-practice physicians, is dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable medical care. The Sharp Community network includes more than 200 primary-care physicians and 500 specialists who practice independently in offices located throughout San Diego County.

Sharp Community doctors admit to all Sharp hospitals and to Rady Children’s Hospital. In addition, Sharp Community patients have access to urgent care centers across the county.

Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group 

With 400 primary and specialty care physicians providing care at 19 facilities throughout the region,
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group is one of the largest, most comprehensive medical groups in San Diego County, and is recognized for excellence in patient satisfaction and clinical care. For patient convenience and improved coordination of care, Sharp Rees-Stealy offers services like laboratory, radiology, physical therapy and urgent care within each clinic or nearby.

In 2012, Sharp Rees-Stealy will be opening a remarkable state-of-the-art medical office building in downtown San Diego that will provide the community with leading-edge care for decades to come. This new facility will replace the existing downtown medical center that has served the community for more than 80 years.



As a not-for-profit organization, Sharp HealthCare relies on philanthropic support to further improve the health care experience for patients and their families. Through three foundations — Coronado Hospital Foundation, Grossmont Hospital Foundation and Sharp HealthCare Foundation — Sharp is able to fund essential capital improvements, advanced medical equipment, clinical research to enhance patient care, education for patients and health care providers and community-wide outreach programs. Employee donors play a critical role in the financial support of Sharp, and can make tax-deductible donations through automatic payroll deduction, unused paid time off hours or a one-time donation.



Sharp Health Plan is San Diego’s largest locally based commercial health plan. With a personal approach and a broad network of medical groups and physicians, Sharp Health Plan advocates for its members by providing unparalleled quality and access to health care services. It operates as a not-for-profit health plan, committed to delivering the best health care for the best value.

As the top-rated health plan in California*, Sharp Health Plan serves a growing number of companies, large and small, in San Diego and southern Riverside counties.

*Consumer Assessment of Healthcare


Sharp is focused on providing an environment that will meet the needs of all employees by:

  •  Encouraging collaboration and respect among colleagues and affiliated physicians
  •  Fostering happiness — creating a balance between work and personal life
  •  Nurturing careers to promote growth and advancement within the organization
  •  Providing the exceptional care delivered with compassion and thoughtfulness

Learn what Sharp employees have to say about The Sharp Experience:

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According to Liliana Nickeson, RN

"It's great to feel appreciated for my knowledge and skill. My viewpoint is trusted by physicians and colleagues, and we work side-by-side as true partners. Each day, I see how that makes a profound difference for my patients."

Read more Sharp HealthCare employee quotes and testimonials.


As an integrated health care system, Sharp HealthCare offers a wide choice of career opportunities at our acute care hospitals, specialty hospitals, affiliated medical groups, health plan and full range of other health care facilities throughout San Diego. Career opportunities exist in the following areas:

  •  Accounting/Finance
  •  Administrative Professionals
  •  Clinical Technicians
  •  Contracts
  •  Corporate Compliance
  •  Counseling/Mental Health
  •  Executive
  •  Facilities
  •  General Support/Clerical
  •  Home Care
  •  Hospice
  •  Human Resources
  •  Imaging/Radiology
  •  Information Systems
  •  Information Technology
  •  Internal Audit
  •  Laboratory
  •  Legal
  •  Licensed Vocational Nurse
  •  Management
  •  Marketing and Communications
  •  Mid-Level Practitioner
  •  Nurse Support
  •  Nursing
  •  Nutrition
  •  Occupational Health
  •  Occupational Therapy
  •  Patient Financial Services
  •  Pharmacy
  •  Physical Therapy
  •  Respiratory Therapy
  •  Risk Management and Insurance
  •  Six Sigma
  •  Social Services
  •  Speech Therapy
  •  Strategic Planning
  •  Supply Chain Services


To learn more about working at Sharp HealthCare, email or call 858-499-5285.

Sharp HealthCare recognizes that employee benefits play a vital role in helping ensure the health and financial security of our employees and their families.

In order to be responsive to the diverse needs of our employees, we offer a comprehensive, flexible and competitive benefits package.

SharpChoice Benefits Plan
The SharpChoice package ensures that employees and their families are protected against catastrophic financial loss resulting from an illness or injury. SharpChoice includes:

  • Two HMO medical plan choices (including vision)
  • Two PPO dental plan choices
  •  Health care and day care flexible spending accounts
  •  Personal accident insurance
  •  Two choices of long term disability insurance
  •  Several choices of life insurance
  •  Several choices of dependent life insurance

Sharp$aver Retirement Plan
The Sharp$aver 401(a) plan allows for employee after-tax contributions with matching contributions made by Sharp. This savings plan also provides educational opportunities and expert investment resources to help employees shape their retirement strategies.

Tax-Deferred Retirement Program
Sharp’s tax-deferred program is a long-term savings plan that offers employees pre-tax contributions with available loan and withdrawal provisions. Because contributions and earnings credited to the tax-deferred account(s) accumulate on a tax-deferred basis, substantial amounts of money may be invested for a surprisingly small cost.

Paid Leave Plan
The paid leave plan at Sharp HealthCare provides replacement income for our employees to take time off for rest and relaxation, or while they one of their family members recovers from a temporary illness or injury. Paid time off (PTO) and extended sick insurance (ESI) can be used as they are accrued.

Group Voluntary Benefit Plans
Sharp HealthCare employees are also eligible to participate in the following group voluntary benefit plans:

  •  Long-Term Care Insurance Plan — This plan can be purchased for employees’ family members to cover services needed by people who are unable to perform basic activities without assistance or who have a severe cognitive impairment.
  • Group Legal Plan— The Group Legal Plan offered by Sharp provides legal services with affordable rates, and easy access to qualified attorneys.
  • College Savings Plan — The College Savings Plan helps employees pay for higher education and build a nest egg for college for themselves or eligible beneficiaries.

Wellness Program
Sharp Best Health is a comprehensive wellness program available to Sharp HealthCare employees. Offering online wellness tools, interactive workshops, one-on-one health coaching and more, the program provides employees with resources to reach their unique wellness goals.

To learn more about working at Sharp HealthCare, email or call 858-499-5285.

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    Last location was not a good fit for me. Short of people, too much pressure.


    Over all, excellent company, most people very friendly, room for advancement.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Sharp HealthCare.


    No parking in crowded lot at Ruffin location, had to park blocks away. Luckily still made it on time. Interview started late :/ In person with Manager on phone (speaker). Usual boring questions - manager had dogs barking in the background. Steered me away from that group as the manager obviously didn't take it seriously.

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Sharp HealthCare Awards & Accolades

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Top Integrated Health Care Network , IMS, 2012
Workplace Excellence Award , San Diego Society of Human Resources Management, 2011
Morehead Apex Workplace of Excellence , Morehead Associates, 2010
Best Places to Work in Healthcare , Modern Healthcare, 2008
Magnet®-recognition at Sharp Memorial Hospital , American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2008
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Additional Info

Headquarters San Diego, CA
Size 10000+ Employees
Founded 1990
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Health Care
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

Sharp HealthCare stands on the cutting edge of health care delivery in Southern California. The system of not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare facilities is the San Diego area's largest. The network includes four acute-care hospitals (Sharp Chula Vista, Sharp Coronado, Sharp Grossmont, and Sharp Memorial) and four specialty facilities for women's care, psychiatry, and chemical dependence. It also operates two physician medical groups and a number of urgent care and outpatient facilities and clinics. With some 1,700 beds and about 2,600 physicians, Sharp ... More

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