Thanks, Jim!


 

On June 28, Jim Cassidy will be retiring after almost 20 years with St. Mary’s Health System.
Some of the notable achievements at the Health System during his tenure as President/CEO include the following:

  • Stabilized the hospital and health system’s financial circumstances, which had been difficult prior to his arrival.
  • Oversaw stable growth of system workforce to approximately 2,000 individuals.
  • Changed the name of the health system from Sisters of Charity Health System to St. Mary’s Health System to reflect evolving recognition of the System in the community.
  • Opened the Women’s Health Pavilion (2000).  Center for Joint Replacement (2007), St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion Rehab Center (2009), St. Mary’s Auburn Campus (2009) and the modernization of the St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Emergency Center (2010).
  • Dramatically improved access to primary care in region with a focus on recruiting physicians and mid-level providers.
  • Initiated Haiti Work Retreats in 1998, which allow St. Mary’s employees to volunteer among the poor in Haiti.
  • Worked with Catholic Charities in addressing refugee resettlement in the region during 2000.
  • Picked up responsibility for the School-Based Health Centers in Auburn and Lewiston’s Middle and High Schools.
  • Focused attention on improving the health status and access for residents in downtown Lewiston.

 

  • The Neighborhood Housing Initiative, which has resulted in the construction of 12 very affordable new homes, recognizing that families can’t be healthy when living in an unhealthy environment.
  • The B Street Health Center. A full-service medical practice located in the heart of a federally-designated Enterprise Community, which also offers behavioral medicine and dental services in a culturally sensitive and affordable manner, maintaining the dignity of its patients.
  • The St. Mary’s Food Pantry. One of the largest emergency food pantries in New England, it has been providing emergency food assistance to residents of greater Androscoggin County for over 20 years.
  • Lots to Gardens.  A youth and community driven organization that uses sustainable urban agriculture to grow fresh food, nurture healthy youth, and create a healthier community.  The program teaches people how to grow their own food, provide affordable access to fresh food, and involve youth as leaders, while helping families and youth develop skills and build power for lifelong and community-wide change.
  • These efforts have been recognized nationally by the American Hospital Association through its Foster McGaw and NOVA awards, and the Catholic Health Association’s Citation award.  Locally, these efforts have been honored by the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council Award for more than 100 years of investment in the well-being of our community.

If you’d like to leave a message of congratulations and well-wishes for Jim, please use the form below.  The blog will be live until July 15 and all the messages will be collected and presented to Jim in a scrapbook.  Thanks for joining us in this recognition.

22 Responses to “Thanks, Jim!”

  1. Monique Shrader says:

    Jim,

    Thank you for everything you have brought to this organization through your leadership over the years. I am forever grateful to you for all you have brought to my life. Wishing you many, many years of good health and special times that build lasting memories with your family and friends who are dear to your heart. ENJOY!

    Monique

  2. Cheryl Dobbelsteyn says:

    Jim,
    Best of luck in your retirement. I wish you many joys and sun filled days. Congratulations!
    Cheryl Dobbelsteyn

  3. Wishing you many well deserved fun-filled days! Remember to complete your “Bucket” list! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication…good luck and may God Bless you and your family : )

  4. Scott Mullen says:

    Jim,

    I will never forget the vision you showed when, you developed Community Clinical Services. Your foresight propelled this organization ahead of the competition and made a major difference in our development. This type of action, the first of many changes, solidified our future in the market. Also, you have never forgotton about those less fortunate. You have spoken volumes, through your leadership, about what is really important in life. Congratulations on your upcoming retirement.

    Scott Mullen

  5. Sharon Millett, Board Chair St Marys Health System says:

    It is rare that a leader has both strength and compassion: strength to make the tough decisions and stand up to do the right thing, even when it might be unpopular – and compassion to understand how those decisions impact the people and services of an organization. Jim – you are a man who has shown true strength during your 19 years leading St Marys – while showing true compassion for the people that we serve. The founding Sisters who came to Lewiston so many years ago would be very proud of all you have done to continue their mission of service to our community.

    Thank you, Jim. And don’t worry about how to fill your days – I bet Rita has a long list of things that can keep you busy for a long time. Wishing you all the best!

  6. Ed Latham says:

    In the language of the old country: Imos sentir súa falta (We will miss you). Wishing you all the best, Jim. You deserve it.

  7. Deborah Pomerleau says:

    Thank you Mr. Cassidy for everything you have done for St. Marys Health System and our community. You have been a blessing to many. May God continue to bless you and your family as you have blessed ours.

    Deborah Pomerleau
    Patient Billing Supervisor/CBO

  8. Lisa Chartier says:

    Dear Mr. Cassidy:

    Thank you for your support and guidance during your time at St. Mary’s Hospital. Best wishes to you and your family as you pursue new adventures. You will never be forgotten.

    God Bless,
    Lisa Chartier
    CBO Account Representative

  9. Rayleen Lima says:

    Thank you for keeping the Mission alive at St. Mary’s. The Misssion is what attracts & commits employees to their years of service. I have always been told how supportive you are of the Mission. As a fairly new member of the Leadership team, I have been inspired to continue the work, after hearing your opening remarks at those meetings. I wish you the best in your retirement.

    Sincerely,
    Rayleen Lima
    D4 & Adult Day Treatment Unit Manager

  10. Judi Rousseau-Gagnon says:

    Thank you, Jim, for all you have done for St. Mary’s Health System and the community. You will be missed. The very best of luck to you!

  11. Dan Marois says:

    Jim,

    Working with you was one of the high points of my career. I can’t thank you enough for your inspiration, guidance and support through my 10 years at St. Mary’s. People are brought into this world to make a difference in people’s lives and you have done exactly that.

    Here’s wishing you the best in retirement. Something tells me you won’t be slowing down, however.

    My best.

  12. Nicole Morin-Scribner says:

    I can still remember you coming to my office during day 10 of the Ice Storm and saying “I think we should do something for our employees who are still without power.” It was your idea to invite employees to get a break by helping them be able to take their families out to eat or go to the movies…whatever they chose to do to get a short reprieve from the hardship. We then set up a program that provided up to $50 reimbursement for qualifying employees. Its not all CEO’s who would approach HR to do something like that! It is this example and others (like a month sabbatical for our top five longest service employees) that confirmed for me that I was working in an organization that did more than just pay lip service to sincerely caring about its employees.

    Enjoy your retirement, you deserve it!
    Nicole Morin-Scribner
    Director Human Resources

  13. Jim,

    You can be proud the day you leave this organization for the things you’ve done and accomplished. You have given us so much through your vision, hard work, and dedication. I personally want to thank you for making this organization “the best” to work for. You are an example for so many to follow and you leave a legacy that will be remembered long after you are gone. You will be deeply missed! I wish you all the best with your future endeavors. Enjoy this time with your family. Stay healthy and be proud! We are! :)

  14. Deb Bugel says:

    It has been some time since your informal orienation at the first Great Outdoors retreat. Ypu were anxious about the end of your honeymoon period. Well, it’s over…. I have always admired your compassion and candor and that wonderful faster-than- lightning wit! I hope you and yours will be healthy and happy for many,many years to come, Best wishes, Deb

  15. Pamela Beaulé says:

    Jim -

    Congratulations on this well-deserved retirement! I still remember when you first began at St. Mary’s and one of the first things you did was sit down with each and every Leadership Team member, in THEIR office, to get to know them better and to find out what their thoughts were about our organization. I believe this helped you to orient yourself to what was working well and what needed some tweaking. I’ll also never forget our first Leadership Retreat at the Great Outdoors in Turner. It’s amazing when you’ve asked us over time to stand if we were at that first Retreat and how many of us still remain! You’ve done a lot of wonderful things while you were here and I know St. Marguerite d’Youville is proud! I have truly enjoyed working with you over the years. Enjoy your retirement!

    Pamela Beaulé
    Director of Managed Care

  16. Kevin Healey says:

    Jim – I’ve learned quite a bit from you that will continue to be of use as I finish out my career. Being a CEO is not often thought of as a “teaching” position but I always thought that was one of your strong points. Being able to manage by asking the right questions is almost as importmnat as building the right team. All the best as you drown some worms with your grandson.

  17. Deb Fournier says:

    Hi Jim,
    Just wanted to again convey my appreciation for all that you have done not only for St Mary’s, but for this community. I have learned a great deal from your leadership and have appreciated the opportunity to work more closely with you these past few years. I am grateful for your support as I pave the way for improved care and services for seniors. May you be blessed with many joyful years of retirement, good health, laughter, and love from your family and friends. All the best, Deb

  18. Kenn Rancourt says:

    Hi Jim. good luck on your retirement…you can look back at your years here and i hope you feel proud of your achievements…you worked well behind the scenes.you didn’t make too much noise but you got the job done. that is no small achievement.I for one am glad you were the head of our team…the more I got to know you the more I respected you and admired you. God be with you and your family….kenn rancourt, pastoral care.

  19. Donna Gosselin says:

    Jim, Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to mentor and assist me with expanding my leadership skills. I enjoyed our sessions and conversations. Your leadership and mentoring have left an impression with me that I will fondly remember. Best wishes on your retirement! Sincerely, Donna

  20. Donna Martinez says:

    Dear Jim,

    On behalf of the team who work in our adolescent treatment facilities, we would like to offer warm wishes to you in this next chapter of life. We would like to also send our thanks for the outstanding leadership that you have shown this system as well as your tireless committment to our mission. We have appreciated your on-going support of our work with adolescents and thank your for the opportunity to make a difference in their lives at such a vulnerable time. May you now have greater opportunity to spend time with family and fill you life with those things you enjoy!

  21. Michelle Lemieux says:

    Jim,
    Thank you for everything you have done for St. Mary’s, look where we are now and we couldn’ have gotten here without your help and great leadership. May these golden years bring you much laughter, happiness, good health and wonderful memories, you so deserve. Your a wonderful person and it has been a pleasure working with you over these last five years. Enjoy everyday with your family and friends and I wish you nothing but the best! Take care.
    Michelle

  22. Jim Lysen says:

    Jim:

    THANKS FOR ALL THE IMPORTANT WORK YOU DID TO MAKE THIS A BETTER COMMUNITY!

    And thanks for providing me a further opportunity to do the same.

    I enjoyed and benefitted greatly from our work together.

    Good luck in the future!

    Jim Lysen

Leave a Reply