On Sunday, Commerce Secretary John Bryson congratulated  the 11 U.S. organizations who were awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for organizational performance excellence and innovation.
Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, the
Baldrige Award  was established by Congress in 1987 to enhance the
competitiveness and performance of U.S. businesses. Eligibility for the
award was expanded in 1998 to include education and health care and in
2007 to include nonprofit organizations. The award promotes excellence
in organizational performance, recognizes the achievements and results
of U.S. organizations, and publicizes successful performance strategies.
Since 1988, 90 organizations have received Baldrige Awards.
2010 Award Recipients
- MEDRAD (a division of Bayer Healthcare), Warrendale, Pa. (manufacturing)
- Nestlé Purina PetCare Co., St. Louis, Mo. (manufacturing)
- Freese and Nichols Inc., Fort Worth, Texas (small business)
- K&N Management, Austin, Texas (small business)
- Studer Group, Gulf Breeze, Fla. (small business)
- Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Md. (education)
- Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, Ill. (health care)
2011 Award Recipients
- Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Mo. (nonprofit)
- Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Mich. (health care)
- Schneck Medical Center, Seymour, Ind. (health care)
- Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska (health care)
Get additional information on the Baldrige Award , the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, and profiles of the 2010 and 2011 Award recipients.