Pillars of Excellence Awards
Community Pillar Winners
2017 Pillars of Excellence Award Winners
See the extraordinary work done by the 2017 Pillars of Excellence Award winners under the Community Pillar.
Van Tran, Sharp Grossmont Hospital
Van's passion for helping those in need led her to start a nonprofit organization to bring volunteer medical services to communities with limited access. In January 2017, Van led a team of 26 volunteers, including 10 Sharp employees, on a medical mission to the Philippines. They set up mobile clinics, and provided free medical screenings and extensive health education to over 1,200 impoverished people. Without Van's vision and committed efforts, many of those served would otherwise live shortened lives.
Public Resource Specialists Food Assistance, Sharp Grossmont Hospital
In addition to assisting patients with access to health care, this team recognized the need to also help patients secure food assistance. They strategized to incorporate CalFresh into the MediCal process and launched a pilot program to integrate food security and health care. The program has now been replicated across Sharp hospitals and other local health care systems. As of March 2017, Sharp HealthCare has successfully enrolled 209 patients and eligible family members in the CalFresh program.
Social Services, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
This department frequently encounters economically disadvantaged mothers. To provide better care to these patients, team members developed a relationship with Gently Hugged, a local nonprofit organization that supplies free clothing for newborns. Team members pick up donated clothing, store it on site, and deliver enough clothing for the first year of life to families in need. Since implementation, 40 mothers have received a bag of new or gently used clothing for their newborn's first year of life.