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Chief Medical Officer - Sharp Memorial Hospital

Job ID: 98776 Date posted: October 17, 2019

  • Sharp HealthCare
  • Administration SMH
  • Executive Jobs
  • Day Job
  • Full-Time


Chief Medical Officer – Sharp Memorial Hospital


To serve as a member of the executive team with primary functions to include:

  • Acting as the liaison for operational issues impacting the medical staff;
  • Supporting the elected medical staff leadership in their peer review and quality improvement efforts.

  • Focusing on aligning and engaging medical staff in efforts to deliver the highest standard of medical care.

  • Participating in development and implementation of systems and processes that ensure the highest quality of patient care, safety, and evidence based care across all disciplines and the hospital.

  • Providing medical perspective to strategic and operational planning.

  • Participates in executive and board of directors meetings to provide physician presence and input into the strategic and operational discussions, deliberations and planning.

  • Representing the hospital in a professional, competent manner in the community, state, region and nation.

  • Providing leadership and accountability in achieving system and hospital vision, financial and operational goals and targets.

  • Ensuring an organized, multidisciplinary team approach for general acute care services at SMH. (including both inpatient and outpatient services).

  • Carry the voice of the physicians to Administration.

  • Support the hospital and medical staff in clinically/ethically challenging cases.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum requirement of 15 years experience in hands-on clinical medicine.

  • At least ten (10) years of experience as a leader in medical staff functions (at Sharp Memorial Hospital preferred) and/or service line(s).


  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Advanced degree preferred (such as MBA or MPH)


  • Active unencumberedlicense to practice medicine in the state of California.
  • Board certification in a given specialty is required.

Sharp Memorial Hospital — the first hospital in San Diego with all private patient rooms — is dedicated to providing the highest-quality, patient-centered care and consists of 368 beds. Designed to promote comfort and healing with the use of natural light and soothing colors, the hospital offers the latest medical technology.


Sharp Memorial is known for outstanding programs in cardiac and vascular care, cancer treatment, orthopedic and neurological services, rehabilitation, robotic surgery and multi-organ transplantation, and has been recognized as a MAGNET®-designated hospital for nursing excellence and is also designated as a Patient-Centered Hospital by Planetree, an organization committed to personalizing, humanizing, and demystifying the hospital experience for patients and their families


Key Responsibilities and Functions: (job description has additional items)

  • Commitment to the Sharp HealthCare Experience practices and abides by the ethical standards set in the Sharp HealthCare Commitment to Principles Handbook.


  • Works with the hospital’s clinical and operational leadership to develop a quality plan and define quality outcomes. Actively participates as chairman of the Quality and Patient Safety Council, participates in Medical Executive Committee and Medical Staff Supervisory Committee meetings as appropriate, regularly attends the hospital-wide daily safety huddle and participates in other committees as needed, including the Transfusion Committee and the Safe Medication Practice Committee.

  • Regularly reviews and analyzes quality related data and trends, especially physician related, and works with team members to develop and implement corrective actions as appropriate.  Sources of data include but are not limited to the Joint Commission core measures, Sharp Memorial Hospital and Sharp HealthCare quality/safety indicators and CMS.

  • Serves as a liaison communicating information between the organized medical staff, hospital administration and Sharp HealthCare including attending SMH Board of Trustees meetings.

  • Provides guidance and input regarding quality of patient care, as appropriate, for the medical staff committees and Sharp administration.


  • Collaborates with the leadership team to ensure that each patient perceives their hospital experience as Very Good on Press Ganey or "9+10" on the HCAHPS scale.

  • Regularly reviews patient satisfaction survey results, particularly as they relate to the medical staff.

  • Ensure medical staff are regularly kept aware of results

  • Provides necessary coaching to medical and hospital staff to support high patient satisfaction scores

  • Works with medical staff and hospital leadership to develop, implement and/or support opportunities and processes to improve the patient experience. 


  • Establishes and maintains a collaborative working relationship with the medical, nursing and administrative staff in hospital and throughout system.  Regularly rounds on all clinical units and with the medical staff.  

  • Regularly attends and participates in hospital, campus and system committees including but not limited to: Board of Trustees, MEC, Medical Supervisory Committees, EA committee, Chiefs of Staff, Executive Team, and other medical staff and hospital committees as identified.

  • Actively participates in education events including but not limited to Leadership Forum, physician leadership development meetings, Sharp Quarterly Leadership, etc.  

  • Collaborates with the Medical Staff leadership and administrative leadership to optimize the satisfaction level of the Medical Staff as measured by the annual Physician Satisfaction Survey


  • Ensures the financial health of the organization.

  • Provides consultative input to CEO and executive team regarding programmatic costs/cost efficiencies.

  • Participates in and promotes cost savings initiatives.

  • Regularly involved in analysis of resource utilization (OR Scheduling, unit throughput, bed utilization, utilization review committee, etc.).


  • Works in collaborative fashion with the CEO for the integration and growth of SMH service lines.

  • Regularly assess the breadth and depth of medical service offered to ensure the organization is meeting the needs of the community it serves.

  • Provides direction to medical and executive staff on strategic issues related to current and future services and operations of the service line.

  • Participates in market assessments and evaluation of data; provides insight on implications for SMH programming



  • Represents SMH and Sharp HealthCare at appropriate professional organizations,

  • Represents SMH and Sharp HealthCare at conferences and to the press for program coordination and for legislative advocacy at the local, state and national level.

  • Serves as a spokesperson for SMH as appropriate,

 Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of hospital operations, delivery of medical and surgical care in the outpatient and inpatient setting.

  • Knowledge of the role of quality and utilization review:

    • Familiarity with geometric mean LOS,
    • Disease severity,
    • Case mix index, Milliman and Interqual criteria for delivery of care.
  • Skilled in conflict management resolution.
  • Familiarity with PC based, server computer operations.
  • Knowledge and experience with:
    • High reliability organization
    • Lean management
  • Knowledge of general systems theory; organizational and administrative theory and research; social, behavioral and political science; nursing science and health care organization/hospital administration.

  • Demonstrates effective group process skills; ability to organize and direct others; ability to work collaboratively with medical staff, nurses, and Sharp HealthCare administration. Ability to handle politically sensitive situations with tack and demeanor.

  • Highly respected clinician with ability to relate to and engage the clinical population.

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • The position provides a very competitive compensation, including opportunity to participate in a management bonus incentive program along with a generous benefit package.


    Physical Requirements may be discussed during the interview


    Please note: Unsolicited resumes from employment agencies or other third parties will not be considered.


    “Sharp HealthCare is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity, transgender status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.”

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