Berwick block is self-de­feat­ing …

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

Re­gard­ing “Taven­ner hailed as an ‘ex­cel­lent choice,’ ” Modern­health­care.com, Nov. 23: I can’t re­call a more self-de­feat­ing de­ci­sion re­gard­ing a govern­ment ap­point­ment. Any­one look­ing ob­jec­tively at Dr. Don­ald Berwick’s ca­reer would see un­par­al­leled ac­com­plish­ments and ad­vo­cacy for high-qual­ity, cost-ef­fec­tive care and ef­fec­tive use of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy. His will­ing­ness to deal with the toxic po­lit­i­cal environment and as­sume a lead role fur­ther re­flects his char­ac­ter and ded­i­ca­tion to a cause he’s cham­pi­oned for decades.

If U.S. lead­ers are not will­ing to look out­side our bor­ders to as­sess why the U.S. has no­to­ri­ously in­ef­fi­cient, poor qual­ity care—twice the cost per capita, low­est qual­ity per­for­mance across seven lead­ing in­dus­tri­al­ized coun­tries—how can we be suc­cess­ful in ad­dress­ing un­der­ly­ing sys­temic prob­lems? It’s a sad day for health­care and the U.S. Ann Far­rell

Prin­ci­pal Far­rell As­so­ci­ates

San Fran­cisco Berwick has dis­played for so many years? Why won’t they rely on our very best? I as­sure you, Don Berwick is one of our very best!

Bob Red­man Se­nior con­tent spe­cial­ist Ka­plan Fi­nan­cial Ed­u­ca­tion

Chicago heal­ing the body is not enough. Pa­tient sat­is­fac­tion speaks to the con­cept that the sys­tem needs to at­tend to all di­men­sions of the pa­tient’s ex­pe­ri­ence. Rev. Ge­orge Handzo

Vice pres­i­dent Health­care Chap­laincy

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