Editors' Introduction

This year’s volume of the Anthology contains chapters on a variety of Foundation activities.  It begins with an interview of Steven Schroeder by writer Renie Schapiro, in which the outgoing president and CEO reflects on the Foundation and, more generally, on health and health care since he became president in 1990. It continues with chapters that examine the health care system and how to improve access to, and the quality of, health care and  concludes with a look back at a program the Foundation supported many years ago: the "swing-bed program" in which rural hospitals converted some of their beds for use by patients needing long-term nursing care.