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Retirement: What Does it Mean?

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2011
He's got big shoes to fill.
For her part, Sister Mary Jean isn't concerned.

"He's going do things a whole lot better than me," she says. "He's as committed to quality as I've been and he will find ways to make that even better, and I expect him to. If things aren't better for him having been there, then we've both failed."

I have no doubt Thompson will do his part.
Meanwhile healthcare, for its part, is certainly better for her having been there.

Philip Betbeze is senior leadership editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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Robert Trinka (8/7/2011 at 7:40 PM)
Congratulations to Sister Mary Jean Ryan on a long and caring career in healthcare. I'm sure many patients benefited from the care they received. Fact is, Baldridge is a hard earned prize, but what ails healthcare is its fundamental inability to provide a product/service with continuous improvement including keeping the cost at least within the normal rate of inflation. Everyone else has managed to do this or better with the possible exception of the Public School system and our public and private colleges and universities. I salute the hard work and dedication of health care leaders nationwide, but their legacy will unfortunately include tens of trillions in underfunded liabilities for government healthcare programs and a product/service that many can not afford. A good story would be how healthcare costs have risen over the past 50 years as compared to the overall economy and other industries, like agriculture/food production, housing, travel and communications.