Lyle E. Sheldon, FACHE
President & CEO
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health
Lyle Sheldon approached the heroin epidemic in Harford County the same way he approaches leading the entire health system – by taking the time to meet with people face-to-face and find the best solution.
Sheldon, a hospital leader who also volunteers on the Healthy Harford Board of Directors, was leading the nonprofit’s effort to against heroin. He personally sat down with peer recovery specialists — people who are in long-term recovery and want to help others suffering from substance abuse. He wanted to understand the challenges of a recovering addict and find a way to integrate them into the hospital setting.
“Always maintain the mindset of ‘every patient … every encounter … every day,’ when interacting with patients to achieve the best possible patient outcomes,” Sheldon says.
Sheldon oversees Harford County’s award-winning health system with two acute care hospitals, UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and UM Harford Memorial Hospital, the Bob Hooper House and the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation.
Sheldon has been with Upper Chesapeake Health for about 30 years, overseeing a new hospital built in Bel Air in the early 2000s and the Kaufman Cancer Center in 2013. He is now spearheading the Vision 2020 project, which will establish a free-standing medical facility in Havre de Grace and an addition to the Bel Air campus.
Previously, he was a hospital administrator in Florida, South Carolina and Kentucky.
Sheldon, who loves to cycle around Harford County, wants it to be the healthiest community in Maryland.
In addition to Healthy Harford, Sheldon is on the Vizient Central Atlantic Board of Directors and has served in Harford County leadership programs, the Harford County Local Emergency Planning Commission and the Harford County YMCA Board of Managers.