By Andrea Gilbert, Bryn Mawr Hospital president, and Andrew Norton, MD, MLH Chief Medical Officer
Ray Baraldi, MD, who has served as VPMA at BMH since December 2014 and who has held other leadership roles both at the hospital and within the health system in the past, has announced he will retire the end of this year.
He has had an indelible mark on BMH and on MLH. In his capacity as VPMA, Ray has been a major influence in guiding BMH’s strategy within the health system, one that reinforces BMH’s strengths as a community teaching hospital that complements but does not compete with our System institutions. He has advocated for and overseen changes that reinforce the need for effective interdisciplinary partnerships, particularly among physicians and nursing staff. Ray has mentored countless colleagues around what leadership accountability means and looks like on a day to day basis. He has advocated for formalizing BMH’s role in leading interdisciplinary team training within MLH. We are developing that plan as part of our strategic commitment to education. In addition, he has played an important role in our PE2020 work, engaging physicians and other clinicians in the decisions that are required to redesign clinical pathways in order to standardize more of our clinical work across MLH.
We will miss Ray’s wise counsel and his fierce dedication to this hospital and health system. The BMH leadership team will especially miss his legendary weekend rounding updates as administrator-on- call. But it is time for him to enjoy unfettered time with his family including his 10 grandkids. We owe him an enormous debt of gratitude. Please stay tuned for a farewell reception in his honor in December.
We have initiated the process to recruit Ray’s successor. A small committee including Andrew Norton, M.D., Andi Gilbert, Don Miller M.D., President of BMH Medical Staff, Jonathan Stallkamp M.D., VPMA at Riddle Hospital, and Marianne Harkin, VP Patient Services, BMH, will screen candidates and appoint an advisory group of approximately 10-12 individuals including BMH physicians and staff to interview viable candidates. The position has been posted internally and across the Philadelphia region. We hope to be successful in identifying the next VPMA for BMH within the next few months. Interested candidates are invited to submit their resumes to: Gus Tolson, Director of Recruitment for MLH at tolsonA@mlhs.org .