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Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of the IHI National Forum

By Maureen Bisognano | Friday, November 15, 2013
The following is the first in a series of guest posts celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the IHI National Forum. Susan DeVore is the President and CEO of Premier, Inc.

Susan DeVore

As a long-time strategic partner of IHI, Premier is proud to share the common commitment to improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care in the United States. 

Reflecting on the 25th anniversary of the National Forum, I am struck by the range of roles IHI has played in fostering the success of its many partner organizations’ quality initiatives – educator, motivator, thought partner, and forum for the exchange of ideas and insights. Our successes with our Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration project; our multi-center, multi-dimensional improvement collaborative, QUEST; the Premier Perinatal Safety Initiative; and our Partnership for Care Transformation (PACT) Accountable Care Collaborative were all made richer with the personal engagement of IHI leaders and partners. You helped design these programs and then remained engaged as advisors and participants. 

My executive team and my Board of Directors have benefited from IHI’s research initiatives – in particular, the willingness to look outside the United States for ways to improve care here. I believe I speak for many leaders in health care when I say that, as we all negotiate a difficult and shifting terrain, we are truly grateful to have an organization like IHI. You convene the best minds for learning and sharing from far and wide so that we can transform health care for the patients we serve.  

We look forward to our continued partnership with IHI and we, like many, will undoubtedly continue to benefit from its leadership. 

-Susan DeVore

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