Three healthcare organizations are among the four winners of the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards, announced Nov. 22. The awards recognize top-performing organizations for excellence in innovation, efficiency and quality improvement. This year's winners were chosen from a field of 69 applicants.
Three healthcare organizations win Baldrige awards
Six-hospital Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, was one of this year's honorees. “The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is a symbol of the highest standards of excellence, and we are extremely proud and humbled to have been selected,” said Nancy Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Health System, in a news release.
The other healthcare winners were Schneck Medical Center, a 94-bed hospital in Seymour, Ind., and Southcentral Foundation, an Alaska Native-owned not-for-profit healthcare organization based in Anchorage.
“With innovative practices, an unwavering commitment to excellence, dynamic management, and proven results, the four organizations recognized today with the 2011 Baldrige Award will serve as role models—not only for their peers in the healthcare, nonprofit and business sectors, but for every American organization that strives for a higher standard of performance and never settles for second best,” said U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson, in a news release announcing the honorees.
The announcement comes just a week after federal funding for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program was eliminated, according to Thomas Schamberger, executive director of the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award, a private, not-for-profit organization that partners with the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology for the program.
“This past week, Congress passed and the president signed an appropriations bill that does not provide federal funding for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) for FY 2012,” Schamberger said in a letter to supporters of the program. “We want to thank everyone who has and continues to be a part of the collaborative effort of many partners associated with the program, who contribute to this national asset.”
The Baldrige Program will continue to operate without federal funding, Schamberger says, although its long-term future is uncertain.
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