Patients Say Thank You to Their “Guardian Angels” With $2 Million to Support Sharp HealthCare

SAN DIEGO — The Foundations of Sharp HealthCare — Coronado Hospital Foundation, Grossmont Hospital Foundation and Sharp HealthCare Foundation — announced that Sharp's Guardian Angel Program has reached the $2 million mark. The Guardian Angel Program was created to give grateful patients the opportunity to support Sharp HealthCare, a not-for-profit health system, while paying tribute to a caregiver who has made a difference in their visit or stay.

"Since the program's inception in 2002, more than 7,500 donors have honored their Guardian Angels — the doctors, nurses and other caregivers at Sharp — in appreciation of the care they received. Donors can make gifts of any amount to provide this meaningful recognition and thank their Guardian Angels," said Bill Littlejohn, CEO of Sharp HealthCare Foundation. "In addition to honoring their caregivers, their donations have helped build facilities, fund innovative programs and provide technology that saves lives across the Sharp system. The Guardian Angel Program is a true testament to the power of philanthropy."  

When a patient donates to Sharp HealthCare in honor of a caregiver, the caregiver is notified and presented with an acknowledgment card. Additionally, caregivers honored for the first time receive a Guardian Angel lapel pin to proudly wear throughout their hospital or medical facility. The donor receives a thank-you letter informing him or her that the caregiver will be honored.  

To date, nearly 3,000 Guardian Angels have been recognized throughout Sharp, including 13 physicians who have each been recognized more than 100 times by their patients.  

"Within the culture of Sharp HealthCare — what we call The Sharp Experience — our caregivers go that extra mile to provide comfort and personalized care to their patients," said Littlejohn. "At presentations, we often hear Guardian Angel recipients say how honored they are to be recognized for the work they do. It's confirmation that they've achieved that goal of providing The Sharp Experience and making a difference in someone's life. "

Last Updated: January 9, 2012