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About the CEO - Farewell Message
From the Desk of Elaine Ullian, President & CEO
January 21, 2010
My friends, although it hardly seems possible, it will soon be time for me to take my leave from this special place. So I want to bid you a fond farewell and, even as I look forward to what the future holds for Boston Medical Center, remind us all of the unique opportunities and proud accomplishments we have shared.
We did not come easily into this world, this first-in-the nation merger of a public city hospital and a private non-profit academic medical center. Throughout the difficulties and complexities, we were guided by a simple principle. This new private institution would operate with a very public mission, a commitment to provide consistently excellent and accessible health services to all in need of care, regardless of their status among us or their ability to pay. And it gives me immeasurable pride to look back now and to know that for each and every day of my 16 years on this campus, we have never wavered from that mission.
Because our work every day is so much of the here-and-now, I could not leave without urging each of you to pause and appreciate just how much we have accomplished together. We truly are a unique institution in our nation’s health care landscape – New England’s largest safety net hospital, an academic medical center that adheres to the highest standards of excellence, and the primary teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine. Take pride in what the numbers and milestones say about you:
Working with you as President and CEO of Boston Medical Center has been the most satisfying and rewarding experience of my professional life. And our successes have depended on the extraordinary talents and commitment of so many – our medical and administrative staff, the vision of Mayor Thomas Menino, the support from extraordinary public leaders and elected officials, the exceptional partnership with Boston University, and the unfailing loyalty from the community we serve and our many supporters.
But there is still much to do in the next few years to make sure this hospital can continue to help and care for the patients and the communities who depend on it so much. And for that reason I am delighted that Kate Walsh will succeed me at BMC. She brings keen intellect, wisdom, and warmth to this position.
I thank you for your passion and your commitment in building and creating Boston Medical Center, and trust that you will continue to stand by it as you always have. As someone who was told many times we would not survive one year, I leave with the faith that Boston Medical Center not only will survive, it will continue to grow and thrive as never before.
With respect and gratitude,