Lifespan CEO Timothy Babineau, MD

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by Timothy J. Babineau, MD, President and CEO, Lifespan

September 15, 2020

Benefits of a Single, Unified Academic Health Care System for Rhode Island

Last June, the leaders of Lifespan and Care New England—with the support of their respective boards of directors—began a process that contemplated the two organizations coming together in a unified academic health care system. The vision was compelling. In September, the boards voted to sign a letter of intent to continue the exploratory and due diligence process, which we hope will eventually lead to a merger of the two systems in partnership with Brown University. Such an outcome would provide many benefits to both organizations as well as to the state and people of Rhode Island.

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July 9, 2020

Open. Safe. Ready.

Open. Safe. Ready. These are the words we’ve worked toward and looked forward to since March. They not only signify the next phase of movement toward the life we remember and our hope for a return to normality; together, these words form a promise to our patients.

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May 4, 2020

Bearing Witness to Selflessness, Heroism

Having just turned 60, I realize that I have been a doctor for longer than I haven’t.

In my years as a physician, I have experienced the full gamut of emotions. I have felt exhilaration and despair, inspiration and frustration, hope and hopelessness. I have seen miracles in technology, technique and treatments. I have also seen bone-crushing, heartbreaking loss when no treatments exist.

What I do not remember in my lifetime as a physician is feeling all those emotions in a single 24-hour period. Repeated day after day.

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March 15, 2020

Coronavirus: Preparing for the Worst and Working for the Best

The world seems a little smaller than it did several weeks ago. The novel coronavirus (now referred to as COVID-19) is demonstrating how often and how far people travel, how easy it can be for some to deny a warning, and how shockingly fast a virus can spread from person to person.

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January 16, 2020

An Integrated Health Care System Can Help Us Get Healthier

For many of us the beginning of a new year brings a focus on change: what can we do better, what problems must we solve, what are our top priorities. Usually, getting “healthier” makes it to the top of the New Year’s resolution list. So, as we think about improvements we need to make regarding our health, it’s worth spending a few minutes considering the benefits of receiving care within an integrated health care system, and how using a single integrated health care system can enhance overall health. 

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