October 22, 2018
Antony Sheehan to Lead South Shore Mental Health

Antony Sheehan
May 20, 2017 — South Shore Mental Health, a Quincy-based nonprofit that provides services for children born with developmental disabilities, and children, teens, and adults living with mental illness, recently announced that Antony Sheehan has been named president and chief executive officer.

Sheehan, who will start in the job early next month, succeeds Harry Shulman, who is retiring from South Shore Mental Health (SSMH).

Tracey Phelan, SSMH board chair, said, “We are excited to have Antony joining South Shore Mental Health. His experience in mental health policy, management, and clinical expertise will be a strong combination to lead the organization in today’s dynamic and evolving environment. His approach to leadership, staff development and strategy will allow South Shore Mental Health to continue to meet the needs of our clients, while expanding our programs and services to meet unmet needs in the community.”

Sheehan, who has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare strategy, management, clinical and policy roles, began his career in the United Kingdom as a clinical nurse specializing in addictive behavior and mental health. He pursued interests in health care policy and administration, serving as a senior civil servant during the Blair administration and then as a hospital CEO.

Sheehan moved to the United States after an appointment at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge. Most recently, he served as president of Church Health Center and a senior advisor in community health programs at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis.

“I am humbled to be joining South Shore Mental Health; the organization has an amazing history of meeting health and wellness needs in the community," said Sheehan. "Colleagues at South Shore Mental Health have done an outstanding job building strategic partnerships and caring for so many. I look forward to joining a really strong team and building upon these efforts to ensure that even more people can benefit from the high quality programs we provide.”

Established in 1926, SSMH has more than 700 employees based in Quincy, Marshfield, Plymouth, and Wareham. Its early intervention and mental health treatment and recovery programs reach 16,000 people from Boston to Cape Cod each year.

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