Brett McClain

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Sharp HealthCare
Brett McClain

Brett McClain is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Sharp HealthCare (“Sharp”), a not-for-profit integrated regional health care delivery system located in San Diego, California. Mr. McClain has direct accountability and oversight for the daily and strategic operations of Sharp’s four acute care and three specialty hospitals, three medical groups, ambulatory and clinical service lines, and facilities management and development. Sharp has approximately 2,600 physicians and more than 18,000 employees.

Sharp is a leader in the evolution of population health management and consumerism, and in elevating the health equity and wellbeing of the San Diego community. Sharp demonstrates a strong culture of planning, successful strategy implementation and performance, and benchmarking to best in class. Mr. McClain’s career spans nearly 30 years of health care management experience in a variety of operational, consulting, and executive leadership roles overseeing various hospital and medical clinic operations. Prior to coming to Sharp in March 2020, Mr. McClain worked at San Francisco-based Dignity Health for 11 years, most recently serving as chief operating officer for Arizona’s West and Central markets, including St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Dignity Health’s largest hospital at just under 600 beds. St. Joseph’s is academically affiliated with Creighton University School of Medicine, a level-one trauma center, one of the top five lung transplant centers in the United States, and home of the renowned Barrow Neurological Institute.

Mr. McClain has significant experience in medical group operations and served as both the chief administrative and chief operating officer of Dignity Health Medical Group, as well as actively engaged in leadership roles for a variety of public and non-profit organizations’ operational and strategic committees and councils. Mr. McClain has been instrumental in leading growth strategies, large-scale capital investments, clinical integration and service area optimization, patient safety and performance improvement, and service line development for cardiology, orthopedics, neurosciences, oncology, robotics and surgical subspecialties. Mr. McClain is a Fellow of the National Association of Public Hospitals, an active board member of the Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties (“HASDIC”), as well as multiple ambulatory surgery center partnerships, and has served on various community boards including Catholic Charities. Mr. McClain received his Bachelor of Science degree in finance and marketing from the University of Arizona and his Master of Business Administration degree from Regis University.

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