Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital is one of seven organizations in the country and the only one in the health care category to be named a 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. The recognition represents the highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership. Good Samaritan Hospital is only the 12th health care organization in America to be recognized as a Baldrige recipient.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke notified recipients on November 22nd that they were selected from a field of 83 applicants.
"This award is unique in that it honors the collective effort of an entire organization that has systematically strived to achieve excellence in all aspects of its work," Locke said. "Honorees demonstrate how teamwork and a shared vision can lead not only to organizational success but also to nationwide advancements in innovation and economic competitiveness."
The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is managed by the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in conjunction with the private sector. Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, the award was established by Congress in 1987 to enhance the competiveness and performance of U.S. businesses.
"Since 2004, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital has been on a journey to become the best place for physicians to practice, associates to work and patients to receive care," said Dave Fox, President of Good Samaritan Hospital. "To be recognized with the highest Presidential honor for organizational excellence is a great and well-deserved compliment for our dedicated physicians and associate caregivers."
Good Samaritan Hospital also was named a Lincoln Gold Award for Achievement of Excellence recipient from The Lincoln Foundation. The hospital previously received the Lincoln Silver Award for Progress Towards Excellence in 2007.
"The physicians, associates and volunteers of Good Samaritan Hospital are honored to be recognized by The Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence," Fox said. "We view this recognition as further evidence of our ability to deliver on the promise of clinically excellent and compassionate care for the people we serve."
Dr. Chuck Derus, Vice President of Medical Management, said: "Receiving a Lincoln Gold Award is an honor that recognizes the effort of everyone who is a part of Good Samaritan Hospital."