Daniel L. Gross

Dan Gross

"The people of Sharp change the lives of individuals each and every day, and I am grateful to be part of this great health care system."

Daniel L. Gross, DNSc, RN, is the executive vice president for Sharp HealthCare. He oversees four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, government relations and clinical effectiveness at Sharp HealthCare. 

Gross began his career at Sharp in 1979 as a clinical nurse at Sharp Memorial Hospital. Over the years, he served as clinical nurse IV, director of patient care services, regional director of critical care, regional director of patient care services and system vice president of clinical services. Prior to his role as executive vice president, Gross was chief executive officer of the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus for 11 years, where he had oversight of three hospitals, an outpatient surgery center, home care services and two senior centers. 

Gross is a member of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Directors, chair of the AHA Operations Committee and chair of the AHA Regional Policy Board 9. He is a member and former chair of the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties (HASDIC) Board of Directors, and past chair of the California Hospital Association (CHA) Board of Directors. In addition, he is a member of the California HealthCare Foundation Board, past chair of the Trauma Center Association of America Board of Directors and a member of the San Diego State University (SDSU) Campanile Foundation Board. Gross is also a member of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association San Diego Chapter Board, a member of the West Health Institute Medical Advisory Board, a member of the Orbis Education Advisory Board and he serves as adjunct faculty for SDSU, University of San Diego (USD) and University of California at San Diego. 

His awards and honors are numerous and include the SDSU Alumnus of Distinction Award from the College of Health and Human Services (1999) and the USD Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award (1999). In 2002 he was named the American Heart Association Volunteer of the Year, and in 2003 he was named the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by Independence Community College, KS. In 1998 and 2007, Gross received the leadership award from HASDIC. He is also the recipient of the California Health Foundation and Trust 2010 Walker-Sullivan Health Care Fellowship. In 2012, Gross received the CHA Award of Merit 

He has been an integral part of Sharp's executive leadership team, achieving numerous health care awards and recognitions: Best Integrated Health Care System in California — 13th in the nation, 2010; Magnet status — Sharp Memorial Hospital, 2008 and 2013; Planetree designation — Sharp Coronado Hospital, 2007 and 2010, and Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, 2014; Best Health Care Provider, Best Hospital, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2007/2009; 100 Most Wired Hospitals, 1999-2009; Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Recipient, 2007; and The Leapfrog Group Excellence in Patient Safety and Health Care Quality, 2006. 

Gross received his BSN from Wichita State University, his MS in nursing administration from SDSU and his DNSc from USD.