A quick trip — then a move — brings the Arnolds to Sharp
On a trip to the West Coast, Lisa decided to visit Bill Littlejohn, senior vice president and CEO of the Sharp HealthCare Foundation. She had heard about his renowned reputation in health care philanthropy and asked him for a tour of Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns. She was, she says, “in awe.”
“I was very impressed by everything happening at Sharp Mary Birch,” Lisa remembers. “And, lo and behold, two years later, I moved out to San Diego and picked up the phone to call Bill. I said, ‘Bill, it’s Lisa Arnold — I'd love to have lunch.’ And this is the story of how I became connected to Sharp.”
Soon after, Lisa’s experience on the board in South Carolina led her to become a member of the Sharp HealthCare Foundation Board. She currently serves as the board’s vice chair as well as chair of the board’s Stewardship Committee.
“When I became stewardship chair, I spent the next year touring every Sharp hospital and going to every event there is for each of Sharp’s foundations,” Lisa says. “While Sharp HealthCare is big in terms of the sheer volume of patients we treat and the number of people Sharp employs, each Sharp hospital and entity has been able to maintain its own individual identity. But we are ‘One Sharp’ — truly a community partner in the health and well-being of all of San Diego and always striving to deliver The Sharp Experience.”
Recognizing blessings and managing them well
Along with her dedicated volunteerism, Lisa and Ben have made several generous gifts to Sharp, including $250,000 for the Sharp Mary Birch Neonatal Research Institute and Nemeth NICU Follow-up Clinic. What’s more, the Arnolds have helped launch ENVISION: The Campaign for Sharp HealthCare with a $1 million leadership gift for the Sharp Prebys Innovation and Education Center (SPIEC).
ENVISION is a 10-year comprehensive campaign with a goal of raising $250 million in support of Sharp's $2 billion investment in San Diego's health care future. The campaign aims to provide clinical and technical innovation, enhance knowledge and learning, create an extraordinary patient experience, and deliver this world-class care to every community.
The SPIEC, set to open in spring 2023, will be a dedicated facility for simulation, demonstration and technology innovations that enhances outcomes for individual patients as well as improves caregiver skills. With 70,000 square feet of state-of-the-art spaces, the SPIEC will provide an auditorium and conference rooms for sharing advanced clinical procedures from infection prevention to lifesaving interventions.
“There’s a saying I often reflect on: ‘Stewardship is recognizing blessings and managing them well,’” Lisa says. “I think that applies to everything. How do we take care of each other as a community? Are we good stewards of everything that we are blessed with? It is about what we do, not just what we give.”
The Arnolds — Lisa, Ben, Ava and Aaron — are doing a lot. “This is how we fix the world,” Lisa says. “This is tikkun olam.”
To learn more about how you can support the Sharp Prebys Innovation and Education Center, contact Beverly Codallos.