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Cedar Rapids' Excellent Healthcare Referenced at IHI International Forum

Mercy Medical Center is pleased to provide you the opportunity to listen to one of the nation's leading authorities on healthcare quality and improvement, Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), during his presentation of his annual keynote address to the international forum of the IHI.

We are proud of the fact that Dr. Berwick devotes significant time devoted to describing the superb healthcare provided in Cedar Rapids. He also provides an interesting overview of trends in Medicare and healthcare reform.

You may listen to Dr. Berwick's comments by clicking on one of the sections listed below. For your listening convenience, the presentation is divided into three parts: the introduction, Part I and Part II. To hear the section regarding the excellence of healthcare in Cedar Rapids, please click on Part 2.

Dr. Berwick also is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School, and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. Among other professional experience, he served on President Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the 1999 Joint Commission's Ernest Amory Codman Award, the 2002 American Hospital Association's Award of Honor, the 2006 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Individual Achievement from the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the 2007 William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research, and the 2007 Heinz Award for Public Policy from the Heinz Family Foundation. In 2005, he was appointed "Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire" by the Queen of England in honor of his work with the British National Health Service. Dr. Berwick is author of numerous articles and the books "Curing Health Care" and "Escape Fire."