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CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care retires after 44 years

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - - After nearly 44 years as the Chief Executive Officer of Memphis’ largest non-profit health care system, Stephen Reynolds is retiring and humbly reflecting on all that he has accomplished.

Reynolds was part of the first local heart transplant and helped in the development of hospice care. He’s most proud of how Baptist Memorial has been able to expand.

“That we grew from one hospital to having 14 opportunities to provide health care across the Mid-South when they need it most in their hometown,” says Reynolds.

A celebration was held Sunday for employees to say goodbye to Reynolds and welcome in the new CEO, Jason Little.

Little says he’s excited and humbled to take the lead and already has some new ideas.

“At Baptist, we really strive to take care of a person’s mind, body, spirit and mental health if often overlooked and we look forward to bring all that together,” says Little.

Employees say Reynolds’ kind spirit and everlasting dedication is going to be missed. FOX13 asked him what he hopes the future of health care will look like.

He says it is all about bring health care to the patient.

“And that may be outpatient, or in a Walgreens or in a home. Whatever the patient needs and we can find the best setting for that care.”

Reynolds will now focus on spending time with his wife and 9 grandkids.

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