Planning a health care system today that will meet tomorrow’s needs is both an exhilarating challenge and a daunting task. Yet, for forward-thinking health systems like ours, it’s essential. Our affiliation agreement with Hartford HealthCare requires us to prepare — to develop more seamless systems of care, to create models that improve access at every level, and to be responsive to the people entrusted to our care. The components of this first-ever strategic plan for health care delivery in Eastern Connecticut is, really, a promise to our patients, today and tomorrow. It’s a promise we intend to keep.