Here are a few fun things about our new CEO—Skip Baldino—that you won’t find anywhere else.
Who is your role model and why?
My role model as a teenager and college player was professional baseball player Pete Rose. Known as “Charlie Hustle”, his work ethic, commitment to winning, and overall focus were second to none. He was someone who entered MLB with below average skills and developed himself into one of the best players of all time – through hard work, a singular focus, and by becoming a true “student of the game.” (Note: Pete’s off the field behavior/beliefs are not role model worthy!)
In the business world, I have many role models from working in healthcare for 30 years. Without naming one individual, I have been blessed to work for and be mentored by many role models during my careers at Abbott and at Given Imaging. They provided me tremendous insight into how to run a world-class business with a personal commitment to our employees, our customers, and the patients that we ultimately serve.
What things do you and don’t you like to do?
I love golf, beaches, riding my Harley with my wife Janice/friends, hanging out with family/friends, working out, traveling/sightseeing, and reading. I don’t like standing still and letting the grass grow under my feet.
Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
Personally, I am very proud of being there to help our two sons grow up into the type of young adults they have become—one is 28 and the other is 24. My wife Janice should get most of the credit, as she is a great Mom. Her focus on family and happiness has been the tremendous guiding compass for us. We have both worked hard to be active in our kids’ lives and ensure that we did not “forget where we came from” (a steel mill town just outside of Philadelphia). Family and neighbors modeled strong work ethics and standards. We have always been blessed to live in communities with neighbors and teachers who align with our standards.
Professionally, I am very proud of 30 years of success in healthcare across many segments and with many product lines. Success to me is multi-dimensional:
- Being able to create a vision for a business and relentlessly aligning priorities and objectives around the key levers needed to optimize success.
- Creating an environment where teams are energized, passionate, and accountable, having fun, developing as individuals and as groups, and driving incremental value for the company and its customers.
- Being a part of something that truly makes a difference in the communities and society overall.
On a quiet Sunday afternoon, are you watching sports, and if so, what?
Very rarely, I tape just about everything I watch (so I can skip commercials). The one event I watch religiously once a year, no matter what, is the Masters! In the summer, the best Sunday afternoon is getting back from a Harley ride with Janice and then hitting the pool for an afternoon with my music cranking (the tunes range from Frank Sinatra to Bruce Springsteen/Bob Seger to Bob Marley or Shaggy!), followed by a nice BBQ.
Name your favorite superhero and why?
Batman – because he possesses no real superhero skills – rather, he uses creativity, his mind, his street smarts, and a vast array of equipment and contraptions to protect his world. He lives a normal life focused on building a business and having fun at work and outside of work. However, when he needs to switch into his alter-ego, he does so with intensity and commitment to excellence.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
The insight, knowledge and wisdom to improve our healthcare system by removing all the unnecessary bureaucracy and wasted dollars, and bringing new technology to the market that will have significant patient quality of life enhancements.
Where do you think EGS will be in one year?
After several years of focused efforts on clinical studies, I believe we now have the evidence to demonstrate that our technology brings significant improvement to appropriately selected GERD patients. EGS has worked hard to align published clinical evidence with key stakeholders who support the GERD patient population—physicians, caregivers, specialty societies, government, and payors. I firmly believe that at this time next year the TIF procedure will be well on its way to having a specific properly valued CPT code defined for implementation on January 1, 2016. As we march toward reimbursement milestones, we need to ensure that our commercial efforts continue to support our physicians’ needs, that way, when reimbursement exists we will be able to scale effectively and treat larger volumes of patients suffering from GERD.
Peanut Butter—creamy or chunky and your favorite way to eat it
Chunky!! I love it on just about everything, but my favorites are with celery and/or apples.