Sherie Hickman is the CEO of Sutter Delta Medical Center, part of the Sutter Health system, located in the Bay Area of Northern California. With 145 licensed beds, the hospital provides a range of services including cardiac catheterization, serving as the STEMI receiving center for the area. Sutter Delta was designated by U. S. News and World Reports as one of America’s top 100 hospitals in Coronary Intervention. Before transitioning to Sutter Delta, Ms. Hickman served as the Administrator for Sutter’s Novato Community Hospital, a role she served in for two years. During her tenure in Novato, the hospital achieved the distinction of becoming only the 6th hospital in California and the 58th in the country to attain Advanced Certification by the Joint Commission in Total Hip and Total Knee replacement procedures.
Prior to joining Sutter Health, Ms. Hickman served as Vice President, Operations and Chief Operating Officer for Sequoia Hospital, part of the Dignity Health organization. Sequoia has 204 licensed beds and provides a range of specialty services including elective and emergent cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, cardiovascular and robotic surgery. The hospital is a Joint Commission certified stroke center with Gold Plus Quality award status from the American Heart Association. During Ms. Hickman’s tenure, Sequoia Hospital attained many other special designations, including: one of the 50 Best Hospitals as measured by Healthgrades; Consumer Reports #1 rating in California and top 15 hospital in the country for heart surgery; and “Best Birth Center” rating by Bay Area Parent magazine. Ms. Hickman served as the Executive Sponsor for the 147,000 square foot, $290 million new Sequoia hospital Pavilion which opened in October, 2014.
Prior to joining Dignity Health, Ms. Hickman worked for the Kaiser Permanente organization; her last position there was serving as Chief Operating Officer at the Walnut Creek medical center, a 233 licensed bed facility offering a range of tertiary care services. She started her career with Kaiser Permanente in Southern California where she served in a number of medical center leadership positions in inpatient acute care, ambulatory care and post-acute care services. She relocated with Kaiser Permanente to North Carolina in the mid-1990’s to take the position of Area Administrator for the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in Charlotte.
In 1999, Ms. Hickman joined the Presbyterian Healthcare System in Charlotte, North Carolina in the position of Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for their affiliated physician practice organization. In this role she was responsible for joint venture development with community-based specialists, the inpatient Hospitalists program, specialty and primary care physician practices, and for the hospital’s cancer center. Ms. Hickman’s passion for alpine skiing led to her move back to the west coast and a return to Kaiser Permanente in 2001. She worked for that organization until her move to Sequoia Hospital in 2011.
Ms. Hickman is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), a member and past President of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders; a member of the Women Healthcare Executives group of Northern California, and of the National Association of Health Services Executives. In 2007, Ms. Hickman received the Regents Award from the ACHE for Outstanding Leadership in Healthcare Administration, and in 2018 received the North Bay Women in Business Award. Ms. Hickman is a graduate of the Leadership Redwood City/Belmont/San Carlos program as well as the Leadership Charlotte program.
Ms. Hickman received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle, and her Master’s in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She has completed advanced leadership programs at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. In 2009, she completed the Executive Leadership Program at the Harvard University Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.