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Stories that INSPIRE

Jan. 24, 2017

Stories that INSPIRE

Sharp HealthCare recently surpassed its $100 million fundraising goal to support a wide-ranging plan to provide San Diegans with ever-greater levels of care at its regional medical centers and specialty hospitals.

INSPIRE: The Sharp HealthCare Campaign for Excellence, launched in September 2010, engaged philanthropic partners around the county in projects and programs to help enhance care for the San Diego community with specialized programs, premiere facilities, cutting-edge research and advanced technology.

"Sharp HealthCare is truly grateful to the more than 25,000 contributors who gave nearly $102 million to help us continue to transform the health care experience in San Diego," says Bill Littlejohn, CEO of Sharp HealthCare Foundation. "Every gift — each one with its own story of inspiration — furthers our journey to be the best place to work, the best place to practice medicine and the best place to receive care. We are indeed inspired by our generous community."

Stories of inspiration
Donors Robert and Susan deRose made a $1 million gift to name the Sharp Allison deRose Rehabilitation Center in honor of their daughter and the high-quality care she received at Sharp Memorial Rehabilitation Center. After suffering a traumatic brain injury in a car accident, Sharp Memorial Rehabilitation Center enabled Allison to successfully return to her community and live on her own.

Donors Robert and Susan deRose
Donors Robert (left) and Susan (right) deRose honored their daughter, Allison (center), with a $1 million gift to name the Sharp Allison deRose Rehabilitation Center.

"Our gift to the Sharp Rehabilitation Center is really an extension of our family's commitment to the rehab services that Sharp offers traumatic brain injury survivors," says Robert deRose. "The commitment between Sharp and the deRose family has meant an awful lot to us. It's taking a tragedy and turning it into something good. This gift memorializes the commitment we made to help traumatic brain injury survivors."

Other construction projects made possible by philanthropy during INSPIRE include the Heart and Vascular Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Sharp Rees-Stealy Downtown, the Sewall Healthy Living Center at Sharp Coronado Hospital, Sharp HospiceCare's BonitaView residence, the Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center and the renovation and expansion at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns and at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital.

Lifesaving research
Donations to the INSPIRE campaign also support Sharp's clinical and outcomes-based research, including the Neonatal Research Institute, which conducts groundbreaking and lifesaving research such as delayed cord clamping and umbilical milking. These breakthroughs help babies like Jaxon, who receive extra benefits from cord blood during a complicated birth.

Dr. Anup Katheria
Dr. Anup Katheria developed the Neonatal Research Institute with the goal of performing clinical trials designed to determine which therapies improve the care of our newborns.

Learn more about the INSPIRE campaign and the many ways in which it touches the lives of San Diegans.

For the news media: To talk with Bill Littlejohn about the INSPIRE campaign for an upcoming story, contact Erica Carlson, senior public relations specialist, at

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