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“The theme of this year’s progress report is community. As we compiled the stories you’ll read in the following pages, we were struck by an overwhelming gratitude, and a little pride, that IHI has the privilege to act as convener for all the communities described in this report. The word “community” derives from Latin- cum meaning “with” or “together,” and munis meaning “gift” – and the IHI “community” is indeed our common gift. In the last few years, health care has been held as examples of what’s not working in modern society. While the systems we work in are still fragmented, still costly, and in many instances, still unsafe, improving health care can be our gift. As 2011 ends and 2012 begins, health care is in a unique and perhaps historic position to improve society as a whole. A redesigned health care system can help us improve our health, balance our budgets, and strengthen our communities. We know how to do it – the stories in this report are just a handful of the countless examples of inspiring progress. What’s needed now is to leverage the collective strength of our community so that all patients, everywhere, can benefit.”