Don Berwick on Principles & Values
Son of a Connecticut doctor; attended med school in Boston
Q: Let's talk about your origins. You're a New Englander, right? You grew up in Connecticut?
A: That's right. I grew up in a small town in Connecticut called Moodus. My father was a G.P. in the town. He made house calls, delivered babies--did
everything. He did fluoroscopy in his office. He rounded out every day of my young life at the hospital 17 miles away--a real old-style G.P.
Q: And then you went off to Harvard for college and medical school.
And you also have a master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School, and you trained in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital. Is that right?
A: Yes. I actually did a year of internal medicine first, at Massachusetts General
Hospital as a medical intern. I loved that, but I always had a special place for kids in my heart and decided to switch to pediatrics, and so I completed my training at Boston Children's Hospital.
Source: Medscape interview on 2014 Massachusetts governor's race
, Feb 18, 2014
I believe steadfastly in the separation of church and state
Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Keep God in the public sphere"?
A: "We are a nation built on religious tolerance, and I believe steadfastly in the separation of church and state."
Source: Email interview for 2014 MA Governor's race with OnTheIssues
, Feb 7, 2014
Basic values: justice; equity; fairness; respect; compassion
I believe that government has an affirmative duty to help create and nurture the communities in which we live, work, and play. Government cannot do this alone--private sector partnerships are essential--but many of the most important qualities of our
communities--qualities like safety, fairness, and reliability--simply cannot be realized without government.
I believe that sound governmental action needs to rest on a foundation of shared values. The values that I trust most, and that will
characterize my administration as Governor, are the following:
Source: 2014 Gubernatorial campaign website, BerwickForGovernor.com
, Feb 1, 2014
- Justice: a commitment to transparent, accountable processes.
- Equity: opportunity for all, regardless of race, religious belief, gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or gender
- Fairness: view immense disparities in wealth and income with skepticism
- Respect: duties to each other, including future generations and strangers
- Compassion: not a luxury, but a core value for proper government.
OpEd: "The second most dangerous man in America"
Don Berwick told reporters and voters at Suffolk University what kind of leader he would be if elected governor in November. The man conservative commentator Glenn Beck called, "the second most dangerous man in America" was bright, positive, and upbeat
throughout the roundtable. He said he was looking forward to working with the Massachusetts legislature, but alluded to his tougher side. "If you disagree with me, I will fight you," Berwick told the Suffolk audience. "I'm not as nice as I look."
"The foundation of leadership is more values than strategy," said Berwick. "When the values are right and goals are bold, people want to do well. I will be the same in the corner office."
Berwick stressed his work in non-profits, where
he studied other organizations and what makes them work better. "The most important decision an executive makes is who he or she selects to carry out the agenda you agree on," said Berwick. "My management style is to seek out the best people."
Source: Walpole Times on 2014 Massachusetts Governor race
, Jan 25, 2014
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