Dr. Berwick was a driving force behind many of the most promising health care innovations of our times. He infused a deep commitment to patient-centered care into all the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services innovations, and was a tireless advocate for reforms that improve patient outcomes and patient experiences of care.
His conviction that it is possible to both improve quality and reduce costs, and his expert knowledge about how to do that, is reflected in countless policies and programs that are already reshaping our broken health care system.
On a more personal note, Dr. Berwick twice joined our Campaign for Better Care at events in Atlanta and Cincinnati, taking the time to talk to older patients and those who have suffered in our fragmented, uncoordinated health care system. At each event, he connected with patients and gave them hope and help, later sharing their stories and experiences to help ensure that new policies and programs would address the needs of people in similar situations.
The nation owes a debt of gratitude to Donald Berwick for his vast contributions to solving the most vexing challenge of our times. We look forward to working closely with his successor, Marilyn Tavenner, to continue his essential work and build on his proud legacy."
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