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2010-10-21 / General Stories

St. Joseph One of Three Texas Companies Up For National Award

St. Joseph Regional Health System is the only health care organization in Texas, and the first organization in the Brazos Valley, selected to advance to the final round of evaluation for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

What is a Baldrige Award? During the mid-1980s, American leaders decided American companies would have to focus on quality to compete globally. In 1987, the U.S. Commerce Department created the Baldrige program with the goal of enhancing competitiveness among health care organizations, businesses and non-profits by singling out those that other businesses and organizations should look to as role models.

What does this mean for St. Joseph? Starting Monday, October 11, and continuing through the week, Baldrige examiners will visit almost all 20 St. Joseph health care sites, from Somerville to Centerville. Seven to eight examiners will interview more than 600 St. Joseph employees, observing how the St. Joseph staff carries out the organization’s superior quality standards while delivering excellent health care.

Following the site visit, examiners will send their findings to a national board for review. In November, St. Joseph will receive an organization-wide assessment along with a detailed report on what we’re doing right and how we need to improve. Any organization chosen for the national award will travel to Washington D.C. to accept the award from President Obama.

How competitive is this? To compete, St. Joseph submitted an 80-page application. Out of almost 5,000 hospitals in the United States, only 54 applied for a rigorous Baldrige assessment. Seven hospitals were awarded site visits.

Simply being selected for a site visit separates St. Joseph from other healthcare systems across the U.S. and recognizes its superior work in providing excellent healthcare in the Brazos Valley. By participating in the Baldrige process, St. Joseph has become part of the national effort to improve America’s performance and competitive standing in the world.

Additional Details: None of the seven hospitals that receive site visits are guaranteed the award. This year, Rudy’s Bar-B-Q is one of the other two Texas companies in the final round for the national Baldrige Award, but will compete in separate category from St. Joseph.

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