Author Affiliations: UW Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle (Dr Ramsey); and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland (Dr Miller).
Mission statements capture and express the heart and soul of an organization. Mission may be defined around function—a statement or declaration of fundamental purpose or strategic direction. A mission statement may offer the organization's definition of vision and values, or it may articulate an inner calling or vocation to pursue an activity or perform a service. In all cases, mission statements ultimately attempt to answer one question: What does an institution or organization seek to achieve?
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