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BHI Appoints Shady Grove Adventist Hospital President John A. Sackett to Board of Directors

ROCKVILLE, Md., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI) announced today the appointment of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital President John A. Sackett to its Board of Directors. Mr. Sackett is filling a vacancy on the BHI board left by William G. "Bill" Robertson, who recently announced that he was leaving his post as President and Chief Executive Officer of Adventist HealthCare for a position in Washington state.

"The addition of John to the BHI Board of Directors affords us with another strong healthcare leader who provides a perspective from the health system side of the business," said Rich Bendis, President & CEO, BioHealth Innovation, Inc. "His decades of experience as a healthcare administrator will be an asset to BHI as we work with startups who are seeking to commercialize biohealth products and gain acceptance within the healthcare system."

In April of 2013, Mr. Sackett became President of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. He began his career at Boulder Memorial Hospital in 1982. He served as Vice President for General Services from March 1984 until being named President of Avista Adventist Hospital, formerly Boulder Memorial Hospital, in June of 1989.  In 1996, when Avista Adventist Hospital became a member of Centura Health, he was named Senior Vice President for Mission and Ministry, in addition to his responsibilities as Administrator for Avista.  He most recently served Centura as the Chief Executive Officer for Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville, Colorado.

Mr. Sackett received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Walla Walla College in 1980, and continued his education at Loma Linda University where he received a Masters in Health Administration in 1982.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on several community boards and legislative councils. Mr. Sackett was a City of Louisville Council Member from 1986 to 1991, and a member of the Louisville Chamber Board from 1993 to 1996.  He has also served as the Chairman of the Walla Walla School of Business Advisory Board. 

"I am grateful to join the talented and diverse Board of Directors at BHI," said Mr. Sackett. "BHI's role in healthcare within this region aligns with my goals within Shady Grove Adventist and the community – advancing opportunities to keep people healthy and to provide better healthcare."

About BioHealth Innovation, Inc.
BioHealth Innovation, Inc., is a regional innovation intermediary focused on commercializing market-relevant bio-health innovations and increasing access to early-stage funding in Maryland. Learn more at

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