Daniel Gross Elected to the California HealthCare Foundation Board

Sharp HealthCare Hospital executive begins three-year term


The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) announced today that Daniel L. Gross, DNSc, RN, executive vice president of hospital operations for Sharp HealthCare, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors at the Oakland-based philanthropy.

“We are very excited to have Dan Gross join our board. His deep expertise in how our delivery system works will add a unique perspective to addressing our state’s most pressing health care issues,” said Mark D. Smith, MD, MBA, president and CEO of CHCF.

Since 2006, Gross has had leadership responsibility for seven hospitals, the largest home health program, and two senior community centers, all in the San Diego area. He leads the only freestanding women’s hospital west of the Mississippi, the second largest non-state-operated behavioral health facility in California, a Level II trauma center, an active multi-organ transplant program, and the largest robotic surgery program in San Diego County, among other responsibilities.

“CHCF’s mission to improve health care for all Californians is indeed a worthy and significant endeavor,” Gross said. “While this undertaking has many challenges, I am honored to work alongside my fellow board members, who are an incredibly talented group of individuals dedicated to this important cause.”

Before taking on his most recent assignment for Sharp, Gross served in a variety of clinical and administrative positions, including senior vice president and CEO of the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus; vice president of clinical services; regional director of patient care services; and clinical nurse in medical, coronary, and surgical intensive care units.

He is a member of the board of trustees of the American Hospital Association and in 2012 he received the California Hospital Association’s highest honor, the Award of Merit.

Gross began his career in Wichita, Kansas, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wichita State University. He also earned a master’s degree in nursing administration from San Diego State University, and a doctorate of nursing science with a concentration in nursing, business, and leadership from the University of San Diego.


About the California Health Care Foundation

The California Health Care Foundation is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. We work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.