Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health Pres­i­dent/CEO to re­tire

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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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.

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