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