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Retirement: What Does it Mean?



Sister Mary Jean Ryan calls it "transitioning," but after 25 years as president and CEO of SSM Healthcare, one of the few members of a religious order to lead a healthcare organization is stepping aside.



1 comments on "Retirement: What Does it Mean?"
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.