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St. Elizabeth’s Receives ILPEx 2013 Bronze Award for “Commitment to Excellence"

Illinois Performance Excellence (ILPEx) announced today that St. Elizabeth’s Hospital was one of only three recipients of the 2013 Bronze Award for “Commitment to Excellence” in this statewide quality program which follows the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.
This award is given to organizations, throughout the state of Illinois, who adopt and demonstrate continuous improvement practices in an on-going journey toward excellence.

“This award is owed to the dedication of our colleagues at the hospital, at every level, for their professional approach to quality and excellence when caring for patients and visitors,” said Maryann Reese, RN, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer. “It validates that we consistently use clinical best practices and performance improvement planning to provide high quality health care to our community.”
St. Elizabeth’s will be formerly honored at the annual ILPEx award recognition ceremony on March 27, 2014, in Glen Ellyn, IL. Founded in 1994 as the Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence, ILPEx uses the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence to determine performance excellence of select Illinois organizations from five sectors: business, education, government, health care and not-for-profit.

“Key strategic goal planning has set the stage for our organization’s approach to performance improvement,” Reese noted. “Our pillars of excellence include dedication to our mission, development and engagement of employees, integration of quality care, financial stewardship and patient safety.”

During the vigorous application process and site survey for this award, the hospital quantified data trends, analysis measurement processes, operational results and more. One of the many achievements noted was improved employee engagement scores from the 25th to the 93rd national percentile, which also garnered The Advisory Board Company’s 2013 Exceptional Improvement in Engagement Award. Other examples of performance excellence stemmed from Lean Six Sigma projects led by managers from across the organization. 

“Congratulations to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and all of its employees for its progress to an on-going journey to excellence,” says Darcy Davidsmeyer, President and CEO of Illinois Performance Excellence.  “Health care delivery systems face numerous challenges in achieving patient care and safety.  Addressing an organization’s overall performance and process/resource alignment is the best way to attain efficiencies, improvements and sustainability within an organization.”

For more information about the Baldrige Performance Excellence Award or the ILPEx Awards for Excellence please visit http://www.nist.gove/baldrige/ or www.ilpex.org, respectively.


About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System is a Roman Catholic health care mission founded to continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care framed in traditional values taught by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. It is dedicated to serving all people, including the poor and the needy, at each of its 13 Local Systems in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Litchfield, Springfield and Streator) and in Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org.

About Illinois Performance Excellence
Illinois Performance Excellence (ILPEx) empowers organizations to understand and use the framework of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, moving to a systematic view which translates into alignment and sustainability.  As a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization, ILPEx’s vision is to create a culture of excellence that is pervasive throughout Illinois.  Four Illinois organizations have been honored with the prestigious Baldrige National Quality Award, they are: Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital – 2010; Community Consolidated School District 15 – 2003; Motorola Commercial, Government & Industrial Solutions Sector – 2002; Motorola. Inc.– 1988.

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