Monday, December 18, 2017
BJC | As we prepare to wrap up the year and say farewell to 2017, we are also saying farewell to a very special person at BJC HealthCare.
Our friend and chief executive officer, Steve Lipstein, will begin the next chapter of his life at the end of this year. After 18 years of dedication and service to our organization, Steve is certainly leaving BJC better than he found it. Through his leadership and commitment, today’s BJC is a world-class organization that serves as one of the largest, and most successful, nonprofit health care organizations in our country.
But more than that, Steve has been an incredible friend and mentor to so many of us — including me — over the years. Steve and I have spent a lot of time together, especially this past year, to the point where we talk daily. And some mornings he sends me my daily horoscope so I’ll know what type of day I’ll have (it’s correct half the time).
As parents, Steve and I have often talked about the importance of raising our children so that they will be able to stand on their own two feet and take off on their own. In a way, you could say the same applies to Steve’s time with us. After 18 years of leading and guiding us, he is leaving us in a position where we can continue to soar.
I shared the following “toast” during the recent Online Town Hall Steve and I filmed (the video is posted to BJCnet — be sure to watch it!) and I wanted to share it again here as my farewell to Steve:
My toast to Steve Lipstein
May all your mountains be covered in powder,
and may all your skies be blue.
May God always bless the Lipsteins,
and, oh, how we’re going to miss you.
And, since this is my last column for 2017, I’d like to wish you and your family — both at home, and at work — a very happy and healthy holiday season and New Year.
Email me at RichL@bjc.org and follow me on Twitter @bjc_president.
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12/25/2017 11:32 PM
Wishing Steve success in his next chapter....
12/26/2017 2:08 PM
Wonderful Farewell best of everything
12/26/2017 3:49 PM
I think giving credit to those who help us along the way as your doing is not just the right thing to do, but one of the principles in being successful.
12/27/2017 1:31 PM
12/27/2017 3:40 PM
What a great toast to an exceptional person.
12/29/2017 8:31 AM
I think it's only fair to point out that not everyone held Mr. Lipstein in such high regard. Many view him as the beginning of the corporatization of BJC. It was under his leadership that we moved to the model wherein upper management was grossly overpaid while BJC employees saw their pay remain stagnant. Most nursing staff now work 12 hour shifts, losing 8 hours per pay period. Also, numerous nursing organizations report that said 12 hour shifts, due to their length, increase errors in patient care. We no longer rank at the top insofar as pay at area hospitals. Benefits were either grossly increased or eliminated for part-time employees.
Finally, we are no longer ranked in the top 5 nationally as we once were, and instead struggle to make the top 15 in US News ranking of hospitals. It takes more than just shiny new buildings to make a top healthcare facility.