Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am writing to let you know that on June 29, 2017 I will be retiring from Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute's (KPWHRI) MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation.
It is bittersweet to write to you who for years have been such an important part of my life and my work. As I reflect on my career, I am clear about one thing: no significant contribution to health care, or to any field, is possible without many minds and many hands. Whether working together on chronic illness care, primary care, cancer research, or geriatrics, our goals have always been to design, test, and disseminate practice changes that might improve the well-being of patients. In every step, front line practitioners and staff were our most important partners and audiences. In the past 20 years, we have seen substantial improvements in chronic illness care and primary care. But much more work needs to be done by policymakers, health care leaders, and researchers to hold these gains, and do even more for patients.
Under the leadership of Director Michael Parchman and Associate Director Brian Austin, the MacColl Center is continuing and further developing the important work of primary care research and improvement, especially for the most disadvantaged Americans. As I spend more time with family and friends, I look forward to staying in touch. Thank you for being trusted colleagues and very good friends.
All the best,
Director Emeritus, MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation
Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute