Lifespan CEO Timothy Babineau, MD

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

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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October 28, 2019

The Power of Positive Teams

With every online newspaper or late-night talk show, we are reminded of the overwhelming negativity in our country – and in our world – today. The barrage covers every imaginable subject: politics, religion, social media, and almost none of it in a positive light. Audiences agree or disagree rudely. There’s a dearth of “good news,” of consideration, of courtesy. It’s understandable that many people feel the weight of that absence and are exhausted and frustrated, or even depressed.

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July 8, 2019

Achieving “Zero Harm” Is a Never-Ending Quest

First, do no harm.

These words, translated from the Latin phrase, “primum non nocere,” is one of the bedrock tenets young physicians learn early on in their training. While the phrase is often mistakenly cited as part of the Hippocratic Oath—which it is not—its sentiment is at the heart of every interaction in health care. That is why Lifespan has embraced a patient safety aim known as “zero harm.”

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