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HRET Mission

Transforming health care through research and education.

HRET Vision

Leveraging research and education to create a society of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.

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Maureen Bisognano

Maureen BisognanoMaureen Bisognano is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an independent not-for-profit organization helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world. Previously, Maureen served as IHI's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, leading IHI along with former President and CEO Dr. Donald Berwick for 15 years. She is a prominent authority on improving health care systems, whose expertise has been recognized by her elected membership to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and by her appointment to the Commonwealth Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System, among other distinctions.

Ms. Bisognano advises health care leaders around the world, is a frequent speaker at major health care conferences on quality improvement, and is a tireless advocate for change. She is also an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Research Associate in the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, and serves on the Boards of the Commonwealth Fund, the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, and Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire.

Prior to joining IHI, Ms. Bisognano was Senior Vice President of the Juran Institute, where she consulted with senior management on the implementation of total quality management in health care settings. Before that, she served as Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Respiratory Hospital in Braintree, MA, where she implemented a hospital-wide strategic plan that improved the quality of care while simultaneously reducing costs.

Ms. Bisognano began her career in health care in 1973 as a staff nurse at Quincy Hospital in Quincy, MA. She was Director of Nursing at Quincy Hospital from 1981-1982, Director of Patient Services from 1982-1986 and Chief Operating Officer from 1986-1987. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the State of New York and a Master of Science degree from Boston University.

"Maureen is a tireless advocate for change," said HRET President Maulik S. Joshi, DrPH. "Her impact is timely as we work to improve health care systems that benefit the lives of patients and the health of our communities."

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About the TRUST Award

Established in 2003, the TRUST Award honors individuals who have exhibited visionary leadership in the health care field and who symbolize HRET's mission of leveraging research and education to make a dramatic impact in policy and practice. Click here to view last year's photo gallary.

More Information

For more information about the TRUST Award, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jennifer Shaw at (312) 422-2646 or

Previous TRUST Award Recipients

2011 - Atul Gawande, MD, MPH 2006 - Gail L. Warden
2010 - Glenn D. Steele Jr. 2005 - Brent C. James
2009 - David Satcher 2004 - Donald M. Berwick
2008 - Robert H. Brook 2003 - David M. Lawrence
2007 - Janet M. Corrigan  

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