COVID-19 information: vaccines, testing, getting care and more
Doctor's office
Enter your doctor's name to get office information.
Find labs in your network
Enter your primary care doctor's name to find labs in your network.
Find urgent care centers in your network
Enter your primary care doctor's name to find urgent care centers in your network.
Verify your medical group

Refer to your insurance card or call your insurance provider to determine your medical group.

You can also search for your primary care doctor to find the medical group you and your doctor belong to.

Driving Directions
Update Information
Forgot Password

Please enter your e-mail address.

Sharp Health News

Giving back after life-saving care

Nov. 17, 2020

Dr. Megan DeMott (left), emergency room physician at Sharp Coronado Hospital, with patient Penny Duermeyer.

Penny Duermeyer never imagined that a trip to the Sharp Coronado Hospital ER for a mere stomachache would save her life. But it did.

In mid-August, Penny woke up with abdominal pain but ignored it for a while, thinking it would go away. Besides, she says, she was in the middle of reading a good book.

“By early afternoon I was still feeling pain, so I called my primary care physician, Dr. David Hansen,” says the Coronado resident. “He told me to go immediately to Sharp Coronado’s emergency department.”

Living only one block from Sharp Coronado, she and her husband, Steve, walked right over.

Dr. Megan DeMott examined me, supervised my blood work and ordered a CT scan,” Penny recalls. “She advised that it might be a fairly common infection that is most often resolved with antibiotics. As part of her exam, she also performed an ultrasound.”

Although she didn't tell Penny at the time, Dr. DeMott spotted a mass that she knew from experience was much too large to be a kidney stone. When the CT scan results came back, doctors confirmed a mass, approximately 1 inch in diameter. The radiologist noted it was probably cancerous.

“As I was resting, little did I know that my Sharp guardian angels were working overtime on my behalf,” Penny says.

Dr. DeMott wasted no time in contacting a trusted colleague, Dr. James Roberts, a board-certified urologic surgeon affiliated with Sharp Community Medical Group. Upon reviewing the CT scan images, Dr. Roberts agreed that the mass needed to be removed as soon as possible. Fortunately, he was able to fit Penny into his schedule at Sharp Memorial Hospital only two days later.

“By the time I was alerted to the problem, I was presented a solution,” Penny says. “I was reassured that there was a plan in place, and through a proactive team approach, Dr. DeMott reduced my anxiety. I was so impressed by her medical expertise coupled with her compassionate bedside manner.”

Penny is also grateful for Dr. Roberts’ care during her surgery. “I still can't believe that I didn't need a single incision. Talk about state-of-the-art technology guided by Dr. Roberts’ surgical hands. I didn't even need to spend the night in the hospital,” she says.

Penny’s surgery was successful and she says she is cancer-free. Once in recovery, she wanted to give back to the hospital. She heard about the Sharp Coronado Hospital Foundation's $12 million Campaign for Emergency and Intensive Care.

As part of the campaign, Sharp Coronado's expanded emergency department will provide patients with seven new private treatment rooms. The 15-bed emergency department will better meet the privacy expectations of patients and their loved ones, and reduce wait times for patients. The relocated ICU will consist of seven private rooms, allowing space for lifesaving technology as well as space for loved ones to visit while providing a calming environment for patients in their time of need.

“Funding this sort of technology and investing in health care excellence is why Steve and I have been long-time donors to the Coronado Hospital Foundation,” she adds. “After all, you just never know when you or your loved ones will need to turn to our local hospital. They might just save your life too.”

Learn more about philanthropy opportunities at Sharp Coronado Hospital.

For the news media: For an upcoming story on Dr. DeMott or Penny Duermeyer, contact Erica Carlson, senior public relations specialist, at

You might also like:

Choose the doctor who's right for you.

At Sharp, we make it easy to find an exceptional doctor — right where you live and work.

All Categories
Contact Sharp HealthCare
Call us


For medical or psychiatric emergencies, call 911 immediately.

Email us

Please do not use this form to convey personal or medical information.

How would you like to be contacted?
Date of birth

Find other numbers

View our phone directory

What's This?

These important numbers are located on your billing statement.

Find your Sharp Rees-Stealy account number

Find your SharpCare account number

Find your SharpCare account number
What's GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) governs the processing of personal information gathered from individuals while they are in the European Union (EU) and parts of the EEA (European Economic Area, which currently includes Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway).

We are sorry, but we are unable to process your price estimate if you live or are travelling within the EU or affiliated nations.

What's This?

Many surgery and procedure names sound similar. If possible, please provide the current procedure terminology (CPT) code, which can be found on the order from your doctor.

If you cannot provide the CPT code, please contact your doctor's office for the CPT or a detailed description of services.