Sharp HealthCare consolidates hospital execs

San Diego, Calif.-based Sharp HealthCare is reorganizing executive leadership for its seven hospitals — a move that is not expected to result in any layoffs or affect front-line workers, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Oct. 25.

Under the health system's consolidation plan, Sharp hospitals will be grouped together and overseen by one executive. 

Three of Sharp's hospital campuses — Grossmont, Chula Vista and Coronado — will be overseen by Scott Evans, PharmD, "as a unified regional organization, serving the east, west and central coastal areas of San Diego County," the system said in a news release shared with Becker's. Mr. Evans has led the Grossmont campus as CEO since 2015. 

In San Diego, Sharp Memorial Hospital and specialty hospitals Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, Sharp Mesa Vista and the Sharp McDonal Center will now operate as the Sharp Metro Campus under the leadership of Trisha Khaleghi, who already leads the campus' three specialty hospitals. Moving the four campuses under the leadership of one CEO "will help ensure the optimal use of resources and be an important step in leveraging its 10-year modernization plan," Sharp said in its news release.

The system is also creating new executive roles. The inaugural position of chief nursing executive will be held by Susan Stone, PhD, who is currently senior vice president and CEO of 181-bed Sharp Coronado. The new role of chief clinical and transformation officer will be held by Amy Adome, MD, who is currently Sharp's senior vice president of clinical effectiveness. 

The changes are a departure from the system's "partially decentralized structure" for hospital leadership, which is how Sharp President Chris Howard phrased it in a statement shared with Becker's

"I think about it in two ways, both in driving consistency and in finding those operational efficiencies and also, in a way, being more nimble and able to make quicker and more active decisions," Sharp Vice President and COO Brett McClain told The Union-Tribune. Mr. McClain told the newspaper that the changes will cause shifts in management but are not expected to result in layoffs or affect front-line workers.


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