Downtime with Brian Sims

Downtime with Brian Sims Jason E. Kaplan

What the new CEO of Good Shepherd Health Care System gets up to outside of the office.


What I am reading

Sailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character by Admiral James Stavridis

What I am watching

Jeopardy and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

What I am listening to

Friends Divided [by Gordon S. Wood] on Audible. It is about the friendship of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

Must-have gadgets

iPhone and iPad

What I do outside of work

Golf, cooking, reading, getting to know our staff and spending time with family

My earliest ambition

I wanted to be 
in the military

Favorite place 
to vacation

St Petersburg, Florida

What motivates me to come to work

Knowing that I’m part of something that is much bigger than myself

Professional 
role model

My mother - she was a nurse

Future ambitions

To see Good Shepherd recognized as one of the top critical-access hospitals in the nation. To develop a culture where our employees love to come to work, physicians love to care for patients and our community knows the care they receive is the best care available.

The most lasting impact of COVID-19 on rural health care

How unprepared health care was for a pandemic, and the realization that we have to make positive steps moving forward to never allow this to happen again.


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