Health Care, Human Resources, and Nonprofits

Health care nonprofit appoints CEO

November 30, 2017
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Tasha Blackmon
Tasha Blackmon. Courtesy Cherry Health

A local health care nonprofit has selected its new CEO.

Grand Rapids-based Cherry Health said today it appointed Tasha Blackmon to the role, effective April 1, 2018.

She is succeeding Chris Shea, who will retire on March 31, 2018.

Blackmon has spent the past 12 years of her health care career at Cherry Health, most recently serving as COO, overseeing daily operations and strategic planning.

“Blackmon is an experienced health care executive with proven success driving quality outcomes and exceeding patient satisfaction goals,” said Dave Smith, president of Cherry Health’s board. “She brings the experience and focus needed to take Cherry Health forward in this fast-paced industry, along with an innovative approach to serving our community.”

Blackmon has outlined plans and goals for the organization under her leadership.

“Cherry Health will continue to leverage the solid foundation established under Chris’s leadership,” Blackmon said. “I will challenge the organization to continue to expand access to integrated care through the use of virtual platforms, further enhance quality with a focus on technology and innovation and increase collaboration, while ensuring access to care for the underserved. Cherry Health is well-positioned to carry on the work of making our community healthier, one patient at a time.”

Blackmon graduated in 2010 from Cornerstone University with a master's degree in business administration and in 1998 from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in physiology.

She did post-baccalaureate coursework at Central Michigan University in 2002 and a year-long community health center executive fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2011. 

Blackmon serves on multiple local, state and national committees. She currently participates in the National Association of Community Health Centers’ Committee on Health Center Excellence and the Finance Committee, Varnum’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, Michigan Community Health Network’s Operations Committee, MSU Greater Grand Rapids Black Alumni Association’s Executive Board, West Michigan’s AHRQ Committee and Children’s Assessment Center Nominating Committee.

Cherry Health

Cherry Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center with a primary focus of providing health services to those who have little or no access to health care, regardless of income or insurance status.

Services provided by Cherry Health include primary care, women’s health, pediatrics, dental, vision, behavioral health, mental health, correctional health, five school-based health centers and employee assistance for employers.

Cherry Health employs more than 800 people and a network of more than 60 physicians and mid-level providers.

The organization provides services to more than 70,000 patients each year. 

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