In December of 2021, longtime Emanate Health CEO Robert Curry announced his imminent retirement in April of 2022. Curry, who served in the role since 2008, is credited with growing a struggling nonprofit health system through mergers and acquisitions along with the establishing of several specialty practices throughout its health system based in California’s San Gabriel Valley.
This includes comprehensive stroke center at Queen of the Valley Hospital, a heart center at Inter-Community Hospital, and a center for robotic surgery at Foothill Presbyterian and Queen of the Valley hospitals.
The continued expansion and evolution of Emanate Health will be left in the capable hands of President and CEO Roger Sharma. In Sharma’s nearly eleven years with Emanate, he has been repeatedly recognized for the strategic planning and dedication he has demonstrated for his community.
In 2019, Sharma was named to Becker’s Hospital Review “100 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know,” one of only two CFOs who were highlighted in Los Angeles County. Robert Curry shared his thoughts on Sharma’s tenure via a press release in 2019.
“Roger’s outstanding leadership to transform Citrus Valley Health Partners to Emanate Health has been recognized on a national level for the past four consecutive years in Becker’s,” Curry said. “What’s more, Roger’s expertise goes far beyond financial stewardship as he also leads our Patient Care Experience at Emanate Health, ensuring that our patients receive exceptional health care in the San Gabriel Valley.”
During his tenure as CFO, Sharma led Emanate to be recognized as one of the top 100 financially performing hospitals as recognized by ratings institutions Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. More locally, Sharma has been repeatedly lauded for his dedication to his community and patients.
The health system has also earned its fair share of accolades. Emanate Health was named the highest-rated health system in the country and number #19 on Glassdoor’s 2021 “Best Places to Work” list. That designation is all the more meaningful because the designation is purely based on anonymous feedback from internal employees.
While taking on additional CEO duties, Sharma will likely be overseeing work on a new 60,000 square-foot Emergency Department expansion at Queen of the Valley Hospital as well as a new Intensive Care Unit. The work will follow Emanate’s groundbreaking on a two-floor, state-of-the-art cancer center at the same hospital, which is slated to open by December of 2022.
Sharma has been instrumental both in the department expansions and the talent buildout at Emanate Health. The president and CEO has placed significant emphasis on finding the right people at a health system that acts as the largest nonprofit health provider in the state. Sharma is known to spend significant time with his own team, not micromanaging but instead focusing on their well-being. Sharma believes that leadership isn’t demonstrated by title, but by example.
Sharma has also been heavily involved with the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership over the last year. The organization’s stated mission is to “advance the economic vitality and quality of life of the San Gabriel Valley” in California. The CEO says that helping enable business in the community will make the San Gabriel Valley a bastion of talent, leadership, and economic growth.
In light of the significant praise for Emanate’s outgoing CEO, Sharma may feel he has big shoes to fill. But the president and CEO’s own commitment to his community is matched with a track record of significant growth. Sharma is surely up to the challenge.
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