Beebe Healthcare unveils national search for next president/CEO

LEWES — Beebe Healthcare’s board of directors has announced a search committee and partnership with a national executive search firm to appoint its next president/chief executive officer.

Witt/Kieffer, based in Bethesda, Maryland, will assist the search committee comprised of Beebe Healthcare board members in this selection.
“While the role of the Board will be to ultimately appoint a Chief Executive Officer, the search committee will have a significant role in the review and assessment of applicants, as well as helping shape the candidate criteria and the type of CEO we will seek,” said David Herbert, chairman of Beebe Healthcare board of directors.

“With the help of Witt/Kieffer, the search committee will find candidates who can continue advancing Beebe Healthcare into the Next Generation of Care, focusing on innovation, maintaining our roots in the community, and strengthening the delivery of safe, high-quality patient care across Sussex County.”

In late March, Beebe Healthcare’s board announced the departure of CEO/president Jeffrey Fried, effective March 26.
The board appointed Rick Schaffner as interim CEO. Mr. Schaffner has served as Beebe’s executive vice president and chief operating officer for seven years.

Search committee members include David Herbert, chairman, committee chair; Paul T. Cowan, Jr., D.O.; Frank Czerwinski; R. Christian Hudson; Janet B. McCarty; Terry A. Megee; Michael A. Meoli and Paul C. Peet, M.D.
A timeline has not been established, but it is expected that the search firm will be identifying and assessing candidates through this summer with meetings with candidates taking place in the early fall. The board is targeting a selection this fall.

Witt/Kieffer is the nation’s leading search firm serving hospitals and health systems in pursuit of CEOs and other senior leaders. Within the past five years, the company has conducted approximately 200 CEO searches for hospitals and health systems – and over 1,600 during the firm’s 50-year history.

Beebe Healthcare has three campuses: the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus, which houses the medical center; the Rehoboth Beach Health Campus; and coming in 2020 the South Coastal Health Campus.
Beebe also offers walk-in care, lab, imaging and physical rehabilitation services at several locations throughout Sussex County, in addition to a home care program and an adult activities center.

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