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Lyle E. SheldonLyle E. Sheldon, FACHE

President and CEO
University of Maryland
Upper Chesapeake Health

For the past several years, one of the guiding missions of the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) system has been to better serve the community. And what better way to do it than by building a modern medical facility in northeastern Harford County?

But “Vision 2020 is more than a building — it is a plan to anticipate patients’ needs and to be proactive with treatment and support,” said Lyle E. Sheldon, president and CEO of UM UCH since 1995.

Preventative health care, wellness initiatives, chronic disease management and innovative community partnerships are the keys to helping people stay healthy, he said.

Such a vision for the future also involves a leader that’s intent on fostering a sense of collaboration, Sheldon said. That sort of collaboration led to a $20 million campaign to establish Harford County’s first cancer center, the Kaufman Cancer Center, in Bel Air in 2013.

Under Sheldon’s watch, the center has also established the Senator Bob Hooper Hospice House. And it’s building out a crisis center to focus on mental health and addiction at the local level, which is expected to open this fall. Opioid addiction in particular has hit hard in Harford County, as it has across the state.

“I am fortunate to work with colleagues who are experts in their respective fields, which allows us to provide the right care at the right time in the right setting,” he said.

Outside his role in the hospital, Sheldon serves on the Board of Directors of Health Harford, and was a founding member of Healthy Harford/Healthy Cecil, Inc. 28 years ago.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record’s 2018 Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs awards. Some information for this profile was sourced from the honoree’s application for the award.