Beebe Healthcare of Lewes, Del., recently announced that Rick Schaffner, RN, has returned to the organization as executive vice president/chief operating officer. Schaffner is responsible for all clinical and other operational departments throughout the hospital, as well as all operations at outpatient facilities throughout the medical organizations service area, according to a news release.
Schaffner is a member of the medical centers executive staff and reports to President and CEO Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE. According to the release, Schaffner previously served Beebe in the same capacity from 2004-2007 and served for the past seven years as senior vice president and COO at Holy Spirit Health System in Camp Hill, Pa., before returning to Beebe in December. He has extensive experience in the healthcare industry and is familiar with our organization, so it is to our great advantage to have him back as we deal with the many opportunities and challenges ahead of us, Fried said in the release.
Schaffner has more than 34 years of experience in the healthcare industry, having worked for academic medical centers and for-profit organizations, as well as community hospital/health systems like Beebe, according to the release.
He received a nursing diploma from Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing in Danville, Pa., an undergraduate degree in nursing from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa., and a graduate degree in health administration from the University of Scranton (Pa.).
It is an honor and a privilege to return to Beebe Healthcare in the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer, Schaffner said in the release. Beebe Healthcare demonstrates its commitment to its mission and vision every day with some of the most dedicated physicians and team members I have been associated with in my healthcare career. I look forward to adding my skills to this truly talented team to further advance the positive impact Beebe Healthcare has on the community that we serve.