Additional Statementsby Senator Thomas R. Carper
Posted on 2015-02-10
CARPER. Mr. President, it is with great pleasure that I
speak on behalf of the Delaware Delegation to honor the exemplary
service of the president and CEO of Christiana Health Care System, Dr.
Robert ``Bob'' Laskowski. He served in this position since 2003, and
during that time he transformed the largest not-for-profit health care
system in Delaware into an award-winning hospital organization with a
national reputation of patient quality and innovation. Bob is now
retiring after more than two decades of serving Christiana Care. He is
a tremendous leader and true advocate for the patient and health-care
worker, as well as a devoted husband to his wife, Kathy, and loving
father to their children and grandchildren. His hard work, leadership
and willingness to work together on transforming the health care system
in Delaware and the Nation will truly be missed.
Bob used his leadership role at Christiana to cultivate philanthropic endeavors in the community. He lives ``The Christiana Care Way'' of serving our neighbors as respectful, expert, caring partners in their health. Under his leadership, Christiana Care has given back millions of dollars to the Delaware community.
Bob is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine with a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He is a board- certified internist specializing in geriatric medicine who understands the needs and priorities of health care professionals, as well as the business of running a health care system.
Bob's reach extends far beyond Delaware's borders. He is nationally recognized for his work on health care transformation. He fearlessly took on the challenge of making Christiana Care Health System a model for other hospital systems around the country. Bob's notable accomplishments include expanding the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute to a 200,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that serves the majority of cancer patients in Delaware. This National Cancer Institute selected Community Cancer Center is a national model for care and a leader in enrolling patients in clinical trials. He also led Christiana Care in earning recognition by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program as 1 of only 37 hospitals in the Nation achieving ``meritorious'' outcomes for surgical patient care in 9 clinical areas. His expertise is sought out throughout the country as he serves on the board of directors of the Association of American Medical Colleges and on its finance and executive compensation committees. He serves [[Page S899]] on the American Medical Association Section on Medical Schools, and is a former member of the American Hospital Association Section for Health Care Systems Governing Council and the Health Management Academy Chief Executive Officers Forum.
Apart from his work in the health care field, Bob is an excellent cook, honing his skills in his own kitchen and cooking for colleagues and guests. He also spends his time playing piano, violin, the accordion, and is currently learning Spanish.
On behalf of Senator Chris Coons and Congressman John Carney, I wholeheartedly thank Dr. Bob Laskowski for his service to Christiana Care and our State. His model leadership and dedication has improved the quality of life for not only Delawareans, but patients and health care workers around the Nation. We offer our sincere congratulations on a job well done and wish him many happy, healthy, and successful years to come.