Sharon Kurfuerst, EdD, OTR/L, FACHE

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Sharon Kurfuerst, EdD, OTR/L, FACHE

Sharon Kurfuerst, EdD, OTR/L, FACHE

System Chief Operating Officer and President of ChristianaCare Union Hospital

Expertise & Research Interests

  • Professional Development
  • Health Care Management
  • Health Care
  • Hospitals
  • Clinical Essential Services
  • Educational Leadership
  • Corporate Compliance


  • M.Ed., Adult Education, Widener University
  • EdD, Higher Education Leadership and Professional Development, Widener University
  • B.S., Occupational Therapy, Misericordia University

Sharon Kurfuerst, EdD, OTR/L, FACHE

System Chief Operating Officer and President of ChristianaCare Union Hospital

Sharon Kurfuerst is system chief operating officer of ChristianaCare and president, ChristianaCare Union Hospital, responsible for the development and execution of core enterprise business processes and functions, including campus operations for Newark, Middletown, Wilmington and Cecil County; clinical essential services; corporate compliance; facilities and services; safety and security; real estate; retail strategy and expansion; and design and construction activities.
Kurfuerst is a frequent national presenter on topics in rehabilitation, health care leadership and academic health care system partnerships, and has published several times on these same topics. She is also a frequent lecturer for other health care providers and universities.


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Media Appearances

Maryland Hospitals Urge Marylanders To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

2021-09-07 , The BayNet
The dedicated caregivers at Maryland’s 60 hospitals and health systems have fought more than 500 straight days to protect all of us from the coronavirus. Having treated and released more than 45,500 COVID patients since the outset of this crisis, while also delivering world class care to everyone else, they are tired...

ChristianaCare edict for visitors — show vaccination proof or negative COVID-19 test

2021-08-24 , WHYY PBS
ChristianaCare chief operating officer Sharon Kurfuerst told WHYY News the move was necessitated by the recent increase of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations statewide in the last six weeks...

ChristianaCare to limit visitation as COVID picture worsens in Delaware

2021-08-19 , WDEL
"Throughout the pandemic, we have been guided by data and science to ensure that we are taking the most appropriate steps to ensure safe care and a safe environment for our patients, visitors and caregivers,” said Sharon Kurfuerst, ChristianaCare chief operating officer...

Personnel file: ChristianaCare Union; Corteva, Saint Francis, BH Fox & Roach; Diamond State Financial, Del-One

2021-01-14 , Delaware Business Now
Sharon Kurfuerst has been appointed President of ChristianaCare, Union Hospital, Elkton, MD...

Delaware hospitals implement more extensive visitation policies in response to rising COVID-19 infections

2021-08-20 , Delaware Online
In a statement, ChristianaCare Chief Operating Officer Sharon Kurfuerst said data and science guided their decision-making process and the spread of the delta variant among people who are unvaccinated has created "significant challenges..."

Trending: ChristianaCare-GoHealth acquires urgent care centers from ExpressCare

2021-06-25 , Delaware Business Now
“With this increased access to care, we are able to make a positive impact on the health of more people who count on ChristianaCare-GoHealth for high-quality, affordable urgent care services near where they live and work,” said Sharon Kurfuerst...
Selected Papers and Publications

Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology Article contents Abstract Financial support Conflict of Interest References Identifying community spread of COVID-19 via a free drive-through screening event

2020-07-20 , Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
Participants provided demographic information and attested to the following factors: (1) presence of symptoms: fever and/or chills, difficulty breathing, cough, or sore throat; (2) risk factors such as close contact with a known case or travel from an area with COVID-19 transmission during that period (eg, China, Italy, Iran, Japan, South Korea; Washington or New York); and/or (3) under self-quarantine or being monitored by a health department.
Selected Honors and Awards
  • Women in Business Award, Delaware Today and Delaware Business Times, 2020
  • AOTA Service Commendation, Nominating Chairperson, Gerontology Special Interest Section, 2009, 2010