Stephen Kauffman, former chief operating officer at the MGH, died Aug. 17 at the age of 69 from melanoma. He had worked at the hospital for 27 years.
“Steve was a kind and gentle visionary who cared deeply about the MGH, including the workforce and our patients,” says Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN, chief nurse and senior vice president for Patient Care. “After several years of retirement, he recently returned to the MGH to volunteer in our new museum. He will be missed by the many people who worked with him over the years. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
During his time at the MGH, Kauffman helped create the two-year administrative fellowship program, established a partnership with Boston city schools and developed a closed-circuit television station to improve medical education. Though he retired from the MGH in 1994, Kauffman continued to keep busy: renovating a property on Cape Cod into a thriving bed and breakfast with his late wife Betty, founding a health care consulting business and working as a commercial real estate agent in Plymouth.
“Steve exemplified what it means to be a kind and compassionate leader,” says Ann Prestipino, senior vice president for Surgical and Anesthesia Services and Clinical Business Development. “He set the example for all of us in his interest and concern for all members of the MGH community and most of all for our patients.”
Kauffman is survived by his three children, Jennifer Whaley, Rebecca Kauffman-Ingmarsson and Scott Kauffman, and four grandchildren.
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