Baptist Congratulates David Elliott and Bill Griffin on Their Retirements

Baptist celebrated two beloved senior leaders, David Elliott and Bill Griffin, with retirement events. David and Bill retired in October following long careers with Baptist. Team members gathered at their parties to express appreciation for the leaders and their tremendous contributions to Baptist over the years.

Baptist Health Services Group (BHSG) honored David Elliott at a small gathering with a lot of thoughtful touches in the BHSG conference room. His team noted that David is someone to whom small gestures can mean the most. He served Baptist for 26 years. His most recent role was vice president of managed care and CEO of BHSG.

Team members enjoyed a tearful yet joyful send-off as they shared memories of David throughout his career, recalling him as the heartbeat of their group, someone who will be missed beyond measure and whose leadership and guidance have been invaluable to the whole organization.

Colleagues presented David with a fun parting gift, “The Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes” official membership certificate naming him “Grand Poobah David.”

Bill Griffin had a 30-year career with Baptist, most recently, serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Team members gathered to celebrate him at a beach-themed retirement party, decorated to create a relaxing, tropical vibe. One team member, Lynn Alexander, even created beautiful tropical flower arrangements featuring fresh pineapples as vases.

President and CEO Jason Little opened the celebration with a prayer and played a video featuring Bill throughout the years. Following the video, Mr. Little spoke about Bill on a personal and professional level, highlighting his many accomplishments while serving Baptist. He then opened the floor for others to speak. Several colleagues shared heartfelt memories and described the special bond they have with Bill.

Many team members traveled from other entities throughout the Baptist system to wish Bill well and congratulate him on his retirement. There were many tears, but also fun and fellowship.