It is with mixed emotions that I write my last blog as president and chief executive office of Lifespan. After careful consideration and self-reflection, I have decided to step down as President and CEO of Lifespan on May 31, 2022. At the request of the board, I will stay on as a consultant to the system through the end of September. A national search for my replacement will commence immediately and the board will appoint an interim CEO in the next several weeks.

I joined Lifespan because I thought I could make a difference and I was impressed with the compassion, intelligence, and experience of those who work here, and the quality of care provided to our patients. My initial impressions of Lifespan and our workforce have not only been validated but exceeded repeatedly over the years. It’s been nearly 10 years since I took this role, and while it has been difficult at times, it has been an extremely rewarding experience. Our Lifespan team members have continually shown compassion and resilience to our patients and families and have exhibited remarkable determination to get the job done, even in times of crisis and uncertainty. That has never been truer than during the past 2 plus years of the pandemic. 

It is hard for me to put into words the incredible honor and privilege I have been given over these past several years to lead such an incredible organization. Working with my team and employees from across the Lifespan system, along with the board of directors, has been incredibly gratifying.  Despite some recent challenges brought on by the pandemic, Lifespan is well positioned for continued future success on its journey to achieve the vision set forth in Lifespan 2025. 

This August would mark the 10th anniversary of my tenure as CEO, and this September would mark 14 years at Lifespan. Like many things in life, there comes a time when change is healthy and beneficial for both individuals and organizations. I believe that time has come. My time at Lifespan has been the high point of my 30-plus year academic medical career--both as a surgeon and as an administrator. For that, I will always be grateful.

As to the question of “what comes next for me?”—my immediate plans involve spending some quality time with my wife and 2 teenage daughters. They have not seen a whole lot of me in the last few years! While I have no specific future plans, having turned “only” 62 this month, I suspect I will explore other venues where I can add value in areas that have always been my passion—improving the health and lives of patients and communities, and creating new knowledge and cures by promoting innovative research.

In closing, I want to thank Lifespan team members for their support, counsel, and guidance over these past years. I also want to thank them for their relentless dedication to our patients, families, and communities we served. I want them to always remember, Medicine is indeed a Team sport; Always play to win. Our patients deserve nothing less.

Timothy J. Babineau, MD

Timothy J. Babineau, MD

Timothy J. Babineau, MD is president and CEO of Lifespan.