Brandy­wine Health CEO leav­ing

Frances Shee­han will join Crozer-Key­stone Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion from the Brandy­wine Health Foun­da­tion, where she was also found­ing ex­ec­u­tive leader

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Gin­ger Rae Dun­bar gdun­bar@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @GingerDun­bar on Twit­ter

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

her ef­forts.

“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.

Frances Shee­han

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