Rochester RHIO appoints new CEO

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The Rochester Regional Health Information Organization has hired a veteran of health care administration to replace its retired CEO. John Sheehan will assume the responsibilities of RHIO’s current President and CEO, Jill Eisenstein.

Sheehan is currently a Senior Business Consultant for All Tier Health Care Consulting, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he has advised a variety of healthcare organizations over the past 10 years. Previously, Sheehan ran Lighthouse Telehealth LLC, a Toledo, Ohio-based for-profit provider of telehealth, psychiatry and behavioral health services. He simultaneously ran Lighthouse’s nonprofit parent company Harbor, a $ 57 million behavioral health provider with 30 locations in Ohio and Michigan.

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The nonprofit RHIO electronically links the region’s hospitals, healthcare systems and physician offices in a network spanning 14 counties. It allows providers to instantly access patient medical records, including history, test results and analyzes.

RHIOs first appeared across the country in the first decade of the 2000s, when hospitals, physician offices, and other providers moved from paper records to electronic medical record systems. The Rochester RHIO was one of the first to be held in New York and has consistently been hailed as one of the most successful in the state.

The Rochester RHIO conducted a nationwide search for Eisenstein’s replacement and Sheehan “quickly established himself” as the top candidate, said Ann Marie Cook, chair of the organization’s board.

“We are delighted that John is joining us. He has traveled almost every aspect of the healthcare ecosystem, fostering collaboration between various entities and consistently delivering measurable results, ”said Cook.

Upon accepting the position of RHIO, Sheehan, who as a child spent several years in the Finger Lakes region, returns to his hometown. He plans to start as CEO of Rochester RHIO on August 1.

Eisenstein has led RHIO Rochester since 2015 and previously served as an associate director since 2006. She announced earlier this year her intention to retire from RHIO at the end of August.

Will Astor is Rochester Beacon’s senior writer.


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