"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 of Hospital Operations for Sharp HealthCare. Gross has leadership responsibility for four acute-care hospitals: Sharp Memorial Hospital, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center and Sharp Coronado Hospital and Healthcare Center, along with three specialty hospitals: Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital and Sharp Vista Pacifica Hospital. These hospitals include the largest freestanding women's hospital west of the Mississippi, the largest non-state operated behavioral health facility in California, a Level II trauma center, an active multiorgan transplant program and the largest and busiest robotic surgery program in San Diego County. Gross also oversees the Government Relations and Clinical Effectiveness departments. The scope of span of Gross' responsibilities include $1.6 billion net revenue, $1.28 billion operating expenses, $151 million capital budget, 8,668 FTEs and 2,600 medical staff members.
Gross began his career at Sharp in 1979 as a clinical nurse at Sharp Memorial Hospital. Over the years, he also 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. Gross' role prior to executive vice president was that of CEO of the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus where he had oversight of five hospitals, an outpatient surgery center, home care services and two senior centers.
Gross is past chair of the board of directors for the California Hospital Association; chair-elect, board of directors, Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties; member, board of directors for the American Heart Association, San Diego Chapter; member, Regional Policy Board 9, American Hospital Association; member, board of directors, National Foundation for Trauma Care; member, San Diego State University (SDSU) Campanile Foundation Board; member, Lumetra Board of Directors; adjunct faculty at SDSU and the University of San Diego (USD); voluntary clinical instructor, University of California San Diego (UCSD); editorial board, HERD (Health Environments Research & Design Journal); community program director, UCSD; and member, San Diego Gas & Electric Community Advisory Council. In 2011, Gross was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA).
In 1998, Gross received the Administrative Leadership Award from the Gamma Gamma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing, and the Healthcare Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties' Health Care Leadership Award. In 1999, he received the SDSU Alumnus of Distinction Award from the College of Health and Human Services, and the USD Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award. In 2002, he was named the American Heart Association Volunteer of the Year. In 2003, he was named the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by Independence Community College, Kansas. Gross also is the recipient of the California Health Foundation and Trust 2010 Walker-Sullivan Health Care Fellowship.
Gross received his BSN from Wichita State University and his MS in nursing administration from SDSU. He received his DNSc from USD in 1997.
While at Sharp HealthCare, Gross has been a part of the executive leadership team achieving numerous health care awards and recognition: Recipient of the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; part of Healthcare's 100 Most Wired Hospitals 1999-2009; 5th Place in California's Best Place to Work 2008; Best Hospital 2007-2009 in the San Diego Union-Tribune readers' poll; and Best Integrated Health Care System in California and 6th Best in the Nation 2010.