Choptank Community Health President/CEO to retire
DENTON — The Choptank Community Health Board of Directors has announced the retirement of Joseph Sheehan as president and chief executive officer effective Dec. 31, 2016.
Sara K. Rich, MPA, will succeed Sheehan as president and CEO, transitioning from her current position as senior vice president and chief operating officer.
“This executive search involved a rigorous selection process facilitated by Jackie Gaines, executive leadership consultant with the Studer Group,” said Choptank Health Board Chairman John Masone. “Ms. Rich will be the third CEO of the organization in our 36-year history and assures continuity and longevity for the future.”
Sheehan received a masters of Healthcare Administration from George Washington University and a bachelors of science in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University. He has played an important role with CCHS since February 2009 when he became the Chief Operating Officer. He served in that position until he took over the helm of Choptank as president and chief executive officer in July 2010.
“Sheehan has a strong commitment to growing Choptank Health as a strong organization where patients receive excellent care, employees choose to work and providers can care for their patients,” Masone said.
“During my six years as CEO at CCHS, we have focused on improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve; provide an outstanding care experience; and be an excellent place to work and make a difference,” Sheehan said.
Sheehan has over 42 years of experience in healthcare administration and prior to joining Choptank had served as a vice president for finance, business development and operations at Voluntary Hospitals of America (VHA) regional offices in Washington, D.C. VHA is an alliance of health care systems dedicated to improving hospitals’ clinical and economic performance. Prior to this position, Sheehan spent three years in medical consulting and 15 years in hospital operations, eight of which were at the Memorial Hospital at Easton.
Rich, who has a masters in Public Administration from Western Michigan University and more than 20 years experience in local, state and national health care settings, first joined Choptank Health in 2007 as vice president of community programs.
“She has been instrumental in growing the Community Based department, increasing the number of School Based Health Centers from seven to thirteen and expanding the number of community locations receiving preventive dental care to 40 schools and WIC Centers,” Masone said.
After a brief time away as a director with the University of Maryland Extension, Rich returned to CCHS in June 2015 as senior vice president and chief operating officer.
“She has a distinguished record of accomplishment and dedication to community health and under her leadership CCHS has added the Bay Hundred Dental Center, four Prescription Centers and other expansion projects,” Masone said.
“I am excited for the opportunity to lead Choptank Health into the future and to continue our focus on and commitment to excellence for our patients, our medical and dental providers and staff, and the communities we serve,” Rich said.
Sara K. Rich, left, has been named new Choptank Community Health president and CEO with current President and CEO Joseph Sheehan, right, set to retire at the end of December. Rich and Sheehan are joined by Choptank Health Board Chairman John Masone, center.