Having Worked with One of the Best
May 27, 2016 12:40 PM
If you’re lucky in your career, you occasionally have the opportunity to work with truly unique talent. The only problem with truly unique talent is that the more successful they are, the more the rest of the world wants a piece of them. Such is the case with our Hospitals and Clinics CEO, David Entwistle, who is leaving us May 27 to become the president and CEO of Stanford Health Care.
Fortunately, David is leaving us in better shape than he found us. Over the past nine years, he has brought out the best in all of us—helping us harness our strengths for the benefit of our patients and our community. During his tenure, University of Utah Health Care has ranked among the nation’s top 10 academic medical centers for six years running, half of our physicians rank in the top 10 percent in patient satisfaction, and the financial strength of our hospital has not been better. His legacy is one of our best.
He’s accomplished all of this with integrity, earning the respect and loyalty of thousands of employees at the University. Among our staff, providers and partners, one would be hard pressed to find anyone who would not describe David as kind. A fitting descriptor, as one of his leadership philosophies has been that, “You can get anywhere you want in this life if you help enough other people achieve what they are striving for.” He brought this philosophy to life throughout his time with us, ensuring that anyone who wanted to be heard, would be. In public venues from employee lunches to monthly meetings, David shined the limelight of hospitals and clinics successes on those faculty and staff who were responsible for it.
David’s commitment to excellence was not limited to our hospital and clinics system. He built partnerships with the Utah Jazz, the Salt Lake Bees, University of Utah Athletics, the United States Olympic Committee and many others in our community. I’m confident that there are few University of Utah Health Care employees who have not donated time or canned goods to the Utah Food Bank during our annual holiday food drive. This community effort was near and dear to David’s heart. His enthusiasm—and friendly competition with other local health system leaders—helped to generate nearly half-a-million pounds of food and $60,000 to help feed Utahns in need.
Judging from the speakers and attendance at the farewell event we held earlier this week for David, his approach to leadership and his commitment to community has had a meaningful impact on our university. Leaders, faculty, staff and partners from around the state joined us at Rice-Eccles Stadium to thank David for his service and honor his legacy. Listening to our community partners, employees, peers and governor’s representatives reflect on the impact David has had, I was sad to admit that this day had come. Fortunately, Gordon Crabtree, our new interim CEO for Hospitals and Clinics, was on hand to provide some comic relief—if you see him in the hallway, ask him to recite the David poem.
It has truly been a pleasure to work with David Entwistle. His legacy at the University will endure and we wish him only the very best for the journey ahead.comments powered by Disqus