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Commerce Secretary Pritzker Honors Two Organizations with the 2013 Baldrige Award

April 7, 2014

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Contact: Michael E. Newman
301-975-3025

On April 6, 2014, U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker presented two U.S. organizations with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence.

The 2013 award recipients (and category) are:

2013 Baldrige Award Recipients at CeremonyCommerce Secretary Pritzker
2013 Baldrige Award Recipients: Pewaukee School District Superintendent of Schools JoAnn Sternke, Pewaukee School District Board of Education Clerk Larry Dux, Sutter Davis Hospital CEO Janet Wagner, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region President James Conforti - Credit: Eddie ArrossiU.S. Commerce Department Secretary Penny Priztker Speaks at the Baldrige Award Ceremony - Credit: Eddie Arrossi
Pewaukee School District PhotoSutter Davis Hospital Photo
Pewaukee School District: Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Chair George Benson, Baldrige Award Crystal, Pewaukee School District Board of Education Clerk Larry Dux, Pewaukee School District Superintendent of Schools JoAnn Sternke, U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker - Credit: Eddie ArrossiSutter Davis Hospital: Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Chair George Benson, Baldrige Award Crystal, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region President James Conforti, Sutter Davis Hospital CEO Janet Wagner, U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker - Credit: Eddie Arrossi

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, 95 organizations have received Baldrige Awards.

The Baldrige program is managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in conjunction with the private sector. For further information on the program and award recipients, go to http://www.nist.gov/baldrige.