"The Sharp Experience means providing the best possible care for our patients and their family members."
Pablo Velez, RN, PhD, is the chief executive officer and senior vice president of Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, a 343-bed acute-care facility and leading provider of health care services in San Diego's South Bay. As CEO, Dr. Velez is dedicated to assuring the highest quality of patient care and professional services, optimal utilization of the facility, development of successful physician relationships, and the achievement of established financial objectives of the hospital.
A member of the Sharp Chula Vista team since 1996, Dr. Velez has held numerous leadership positions within the organization, including director of critical care services, responsible for the leadership and operations of the intensive care, post-anesthesia care and intermediate care units, and vice president of patient care services, a position he held for nine years prior to his appointment to CEO.
Dr. Velez began his health care career nearly 25 years ago as a nurse manager at the Boston VA Medical Center and served at several hospitals in progressive leadership positions in the Boston area before moving to San Diego. He earned his bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Puerto Rico, and also holds a dual master's degree in critical care and nursing administration from the University of Massachusetts Boston, as well as a doctorate degree in nursing philosophy from the University of San Diego.
Dr. Velez is the current president-elect of the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce and the recipient of the Chamber’s 2014 Outstanding Business Leader of the Year and 2013 Visionary Leader of the Year awards.