Brandywine Health CEO leaving
Frances Sheehan will join Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation from the Brandywine Health Foundation, where she was also founding executive leader
COATESVILLE >> Brandywine Health Foundation President and CEO Frances Sheehan will become the first president and CEO of the Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation in Delaware County.
Sheehan has served at the Brandywine foundation in Coatesville as its first president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since 2002. She will become the founding executive leader at Crozer on Jan. 2, 2017.
Sheehan will guide the activities of the foundation with a focus on health, education and social needs of Delaware County residents. Board members said she will provide executive leadership as the Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation determines its areas of concentration while it continues to support many of the programs made possible by predecessor foundations allied with Crozer Chester Medical Center and Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
The newly established Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation is a Delaware County-wide independent public charity formed on July 1 when Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc. acquired Crozer-Keystone Health System. The net proceeds of the acquisition were transferred to the new, independent Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation.
“The board conducted an exhaustive search for an executive with both the skills and compassion to lead this organization as it establishes itself in Delaware County,” said Chairman Robert J. Bruce, who welcomed Sheehan.
In addition to raising funds and making grants to improve health in Delaware County, the foundation will run some of the previous health system’s public health programs, such as the federally funded Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and Healthy Start.
“The opportunity to take everything I have learned here back to Delaware County was one I could not pass up,” Sheehan said. “I know that the Brandywine Health Foundation is in such good hands with the current committed board and the exemplary staff.”
She said she looks forward to working with the volunteers, donors and the Delaware County nonprofit community because the organization, based in Media, has a “tremendous opportunity to have a real impact in my home community.”
Brandywine Health Foundation board Chairwoman Dawn James noted this opportunity is ideal for Sheehan, a Delaware County native, because of
“We are tremendously grateful to Frances for her nearly 15 years of service building and leading our work in Coatesville,” James said.
In its 15-year anniversary, the Brandywine Health Foundation has distributed more than $15 million in grants and scholarships since its inception in 2001.
“Leaving the Brandywine Health Foundation and the Coatesville community was a very difficult decision for me because I love working here and am so proud of all that we have accomplished together in such a short period of time,” Sheehan said.
Brandywine Health Foundation noted its signature
projects include bringing ChesPenn Health Services and other needed health services to Coatesville, building the Brandywine Health and Housing Center, the first major development in the city in three decades, and launching the Coatesville Youth Initiative and the Youth Mental Health First Aid Program. Notable yearly fundraising events include the Brandywine Strawberry Festival with more than 25,000 visitors and the Garden Party with 500 supporters. The events collectively contribute more than $200,000 to health-related causes in the Coatesville area.
James announced that the board members appointed Dana Heiman as
the interim CEO. Heiman began at the foundation 14 years ago as vice president for development and communications. She currently serves as senior vice president, responsible for grantmaking and program activities, including oversight of the Youth Mental Health First Aid Program. She was recently recognized by the national Grantmakers for her philanthropy leadership.
“Dana knows our donors, our grantees, and community leaders in Chester County,” James said, “and she knows the Coatesville community’s issues and needs.”
The Brandywine board will launch a formal search in January for a permanent
president and CEO.
Sheehan is a certified fundraising executive with a bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan University. In her role in Chester County, she received numerous awards including the March of Dimes Woman of Achievement in the health field in 2002.
More information about the Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation can be found at ckcommunityfoundation.org.