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Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

Malcolm Baldrige best Practice Award in Leadership

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is the nation’s highest recognition for performance excellence of both public and private U.S. organizations awarded by the Department of Commerce and presented by the President of the United States. The Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987, and is managed by an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The main purposes are to identify recipients that will serve as role models for other organizations and to help organizations improve their performance and recognize opportunities for improvement. For healthcare organizations, this means optimal patient safety and health care outcomes. To date more than 1,500 U.S. organizations have applied for the Baldrige Award.

In 2013 national finalist group was included only eight health care organizations; in 2013 HCM was one of only two hospitals recognized for a Best Practices by the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.

Hill Country Memorial is proud to receive the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

This honor validates HCM’s remarkable performance through innovation, best practices and insightful leadership. We are now one of 19 health care organizations in the country to receive this award since 1998.

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