Names Pete Sheehan as New Chief Executive Officer

DENVER, CO (January 21, 2015) — Cancer Foundation announces that its Board of Directors has unanimously chosen Pete Sheehan, as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Sheehan is a results driven health care executive with twenty years of progressive experience managing corporate and nonprofit organizations within the healthcare industry.


Pete Sheehan, Chief Executive Officer

“After a comprehensive search process, the board is pleased to have found the best individual to assume leadership of,” said Jason Wagner, president of the Board of Directors and Partner at EKS&H. “Pete is a seasoned healthcare industry leader who brings a deep understanding of the cancer, technology, health, policy and hospital space and experience guiding other organizations through expansive growth and times of evolutional change.”

In his new position, Sheehan will help drive the strategic planning, business development, product innovation and partnership development efforts of the organization. He’ll seize the vast opportunities created by the trends in the patient advocacy arena and increasing awareness of the social and emotional needs of cancer patients and caregivers.

“I’m excited to join,” Sheehan said. “The intersection of technology and healing is an area I’ve explored with passion over the past 20 years.  I’m looking forward to identifying new ways we can build community support to reduce anxiety and stress for cancer patients, allowing them to focus their energy on what matters most, healing.”

Prior to joining, Sheehan served as a Vice President for Healthcare in Ogilvy Public Relation’s Denver office.  He worked directly with the federal government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), serving as the agency’s liaison to healthcare providers and consumer groups across a ten state region.

Sheehan spent more than a decade employed by one of the nation’s most used consumer resources for physician information and hospital quality, Healthgrades.  As Vice President of Government Affairs & Strategic Partnerships he created and managed the company’s government affairs program, analyzing public policies related to data accessibility and public reporting of provider quality measures. Sheehan also worked with more than 100 hospitals across the nation on quality improvement, public relations and marketing projects during his tenure with Healthgrades.

Sheehan’s background blends health policy analysis, quality improvement, technology, and public relations in both the private and public sectors.  Before joining Healthgrades, he represented more than 60 hospitals as the state legislative liaison for the Colorado Hospital Association. Sheehan holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado. He resides in Denver, CO with his wife and two children.

About Cancer Foundation is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit based in Denver, CO that provides free websites to people affected by cancer so they can easily connect with family and friends. Research shows that increased social and emotional support can improve cancer outcomes and is instrumental in providing and organizing strong support communities. With over 130,000 patients, caregivers, family and friends in all 50 states and across 183 countries, is the key to solving the communication issues that arise when someone is diagnosed with cancer.



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