Lifespan CEO Timothy Babineau, MD

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

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


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


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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August 20, 2018

Why Lifespan Supports Community Programs


Much research has been conducted to learn why some population groups are healthier than others, and the implications are numerous and complex. However, one correlation is consistent: socioeconomic status and health are closely aligned. The higher the income and education level, the healthier the individual, family, or community.

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March 29, 2018

Strong Local Governance Critical to our Success

The Lifespan Board and I frequently express our gratitude for the hard work of the more than 15,000 employees and medical staff members who dedicate their lives to ensuring Lifespan delivers high quality, safe and effective care. Today, I would like to turn my attention to our Board of Directors. This group is equally deserving of our respect and appreciation. The Board consists of leaders who live and work in the very communities we serve.

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