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After a six-month search, Mind Springs Health hired John Sheehan as CEO.
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The Largest Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Provider in Western Colorado, Mind Springs Healthhired John Sheehan to become the organization’s chief executive.

Sheehan will start at Mind Springs Health in early August, according to the health care provider, which serves patients in Routt, Moffat, Grand, Eagle, Summit, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, Rio Blanco and Jackson counties.

“The board did not begin the search for a new CEO lightly when we launched the process in January,” Mind Springs Health board chairman Stefan Bate said in a statement. Press release.

“The national search resulted in a number of extremely talented candidates who were screened with extreme diligence,” Bate continued. “Mr. Sheehan was our choice to lead our organization because he impressed us not only with his industry experience and knowledge, but also with his empathy and compassion for the vulnerable populations that Mind Springs Health serves.

Sheehan’s hiring comes after a six-month search following the resignation of former CEO Sharon Raggio earlier this year. His early resignation was the result of Mind Springs Health coming under increased scrutiny for failing to serve many of its customers, detailed in reports from the Colorado News well as other issues.

Former Mind Springs Health CEO Sharon Raggio resigned earlier this year following increased scrutiny by the mental health provider for failing to serve many of its clients, detailed in Colorado News reports. Collaborative.

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Officials at the top and Eagle Counties took steps to cut ties with the health care provider who relies heavily on state funding.

Doug Pattison, the company’s former chief financial officer, has been in an interim role since Raggio left the organization in January.

“The Board is grateful to Doug for stepping in as interim CEO during a turbulent time and for his hard work to help improve relationships at the local and state levels,” Bate said.

According to Mind Springs, Sheehan began his career as a mental health technician and worked his way up through various leadership and management positions, including having extensive experience in inpatient care and telehealth integration. .

Sheehan has served as head of the Rochester Health Information Exchange for the past year, and he and his team helped redesign the health care system in anticipation of one of the largest 1,115 waivers ever. granted by the federal government.

The waivers are intended to give states the ability to test new approaches in Medicaid that differ from what is required by federal law and can provide states with considerable flexibility in how they run their programs.

For seven years, Sheehan also served as CEO of Harbor Toledo, one of the largest behavioral health providers in the Midwest with more than 30 treatment centers in Ohio, Michigan and Virginia.

Prior to his time at Harbor Toledo, Sheehan was vice president of behavioral health services for the Clearwater, Fla.-based BayCare Health System, the state’s largest private, not-for-profit provider of hospital care.