He's got big shoes to fill.
For her part, Sister Mary Jean isn't concerned.
"He's going do things a whole lot better than me," she says. "He's as committed to quality as I've been and he will find ways to make that even better, and I expect him to. If things aren't better for him having been there, then we've both failed."
I have no doubt Thompson will do his part.
Meanwhile healthcare, for its part, is certainly better for her having been there.
Philip Betbeze is senior leadership editor with