By: Benita Zahn
When you look at all this, after everything that went into it, you think what? I ask St. Peter's CEO Steve Boyle. His response, "'Phew" and he laughs
'All this' is the more than 27 thousand square feet added to St. Peter's Hospital and the 300 square feet renovated during his tenure as CEO, a job Steve Boyle held since February 1993. But it's not the bricks and mortar he's most proud of.
"You know, anybody can build buildings. I think my proudest achievement, those who just joined St. Peter's, they say, this is an unbelievable place, this play is so friendly here, I love working here. So it's the culture."
Even as he plans to walk away from the job, he's got work, a-plenty to keep him busy. .
"It's never done, really. The construction program, the mass facility plan will be further along but that won't be completed. We'll have about one more renovation to the McCauley building. And the merger takes years, really."
That merger brought together St. Peter's together with Northeast Health and Seton Health.
Boyle's retirement on October first marks exactly a year since the merger became official. He says the merger was conceived before the affordable health care act, something he says is good for the country.. and he sees similarities between the two .. improving health care quality, lowering costs, improving access and coordinated, what is now, fragmented health care.
Before Boyle gets back to work I ask him, if 5 years from now someone had to finish the sentence- Steve Boyle did what during his years at St. Peter's ..
"Made healthcare better."
Dr. Jim Reed will take over from Boyle.