Mind Springs Health Announces John Sheehan as CEO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Grand Junction, Colo. (July 13, 2022) – After a six-month, national search effort, the Board of Directors for Mind Springs Health, the largest provider of mental health and addiction treatment in Western Colorado, has announced that they’ve selected John Sheehan, MBA, FACHE as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. Sheehan will begin his position at Mind Springs Health in early August.
Having started his career as a Mental Health Tech and working his way up through various management and executive level positions, Sheehan has vast knowledge of the healthcare industry and the importance of behavioral health as a key component of the healthcare system. Sheehan has executive experience with various aspects of mental health organizations and has been particularly innovative in the areas inpatient care and telehealth integration.
Sheehan has been at the helm of one of the oldest Health Information Exchanges (HIE) in the country, the Rochester RHIO, for the last year. Sheehan and his team have helped re-design the value-based health care system in anticipation of being awarded one of the largest 1115 waivers ever granted by the Federal Government.
For seven years, Sheehan served as the CEO of Harbor Toledo, one of the largest behavioral health providers in the Midwest, with 30+ treatment locations in Ohio, Michigan, and Virginia. Prior to his time at Harbor Toledo, Sheehan was the Vice President of Behavioral Health Services for BayCare Health System based in Clearwater, Florida, the largest non-profit private provider of inpatient care in the State of Florida.
Sheehan’s Mentor is Frank Murphy, the founding CEO of BayCare and a life-long advocate for mental health and its integration into the healthcare system.
“The Board of Directors did not enter the search for a new CEO lightly when we began the process in January,” said Mind Springs Health Board Chair, Stefan Bate. “The national search resulted in a number of extremely talented candidates who were vetted with extreme diligence. Mr. Sheehan was our choice to lead our organization, as he impressed us with not only his experience and industry knowledge, but with his empathy and compassion for the vulnerable populations Mind Springs Health serves. There are many exciting changes happening with Behavioral Health Services in Colorado, and we, as the Board, have tremendous confidence in John’s ability to not only lead Mind Springs Health, but to have a strong, positive impact on mental health throughout the state.”
Sheehan’s acceptance of the position will relieve Doug Pattison, the firm’s former Chief Financial Officer, who has been filling as Interim CEO since January, upon former CEO Sharon Raggio’s resignation.
“The Board of Directors is grateful to Doug for stepping in as Interim CEO during a turbulent time and for his hard work in helping improve relationships on local and state levels,” said Bate.
Mind Springs Health is the Western Slope’s largest provider of counseling and therapy for mental wellness and assists individuals and families dealing with and recovering from substance abuse and addiction. Covering a 23,000-square mile area in Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit counties, Mind Springs Health offers a continuum of mental health care with crisis response services, 13 offices for outpatient treatment, residential substance use disorder treatment, and West Springs Hospital, the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City.
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