Sharon McCole Wicher

Sharon McCole Wicher

Behavioral Health and Nursing

Chief Nursing Officer & Director of Behavioral Health Services

San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center

Professional Bio

Sharon McCole Wicher is the Director of Behavioral Health Services at San Francisco General Hospital and Medical Center.

She has administrative and clinical responsibility for 99 inpatient beds, a Psychiatric Emergency Service clinic, and 147 beds at the San Francisco Behavior Health Center (SFBHC), which holds multiple levels of licensure consisting of a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and the Mental Health Rehabilitation Center. Currently, the facility is seeking additional licensure for Adult Residential Care and a Residential Treatment Facility.

Sharon earned her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of San Francisco in 1975 and her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of California San Francisco in 1982.

During her career, Sharon has held a number of clinical and administrative roles in varying levels of care both in hospital and community environments. Clinically, Sharon has served as a Nurse Educator, Clinical Faculty and Director of Staff Development. Sharon's administration positions have progressive from Nurse Manager to Director of Nursing. Sharon was also the Executive Director of the California Nurses Association (CNA) Region XI were she was responsible for professional standards of practice and government relations issues. The breadth and depth of her diverse experience contributes to her current success with SFGHMC.

As a staff/patient advocate and a strong proponent of safety, Sharon is seriously concerned with the prevalence of violence in the workplace. As such, she is committed to maintaining a comprehensive and integrated workplace safety program.

Sharon is a member of the Association of California Nurse Leaders, American Nurse Association and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. She also serves on the University of San Francisco School of Nursing Advisory Committee and St. Mary's College High School Parent Association.