Lifespan CEO Timothy Babineau, MD

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

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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February 20, 2019

Lifespan Cancer Institute Brings Leading-Edge Treatment Throughout Rhode Island

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Many people, regardless of their age or current health status, equate the word “cancer” with death. Indeed, 50 years ago cancer was often viewed as a death sentence; there was little the medical profession could promise to a patient with a cancer diagnosis. While the fear of cancer still exists, we now know the disease takes many forms and responds well to many treatments, with some types treated similarly to a chronic disease. We also have ways of preventing certain cancers. We can thank researchers for all these advances.

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October 23, 2018

The Fundamental Importance of Medical Research

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A defining characteristic of an academic medical center like Lifespan is a commitment to medical research. For many, research may seem like an abstract concept: Laboratories teaming with white coat-clad scientists obsessing over hypotheses whose time might or might not come.

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