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American Hospital Association Becomes Lead Sponsor for 2015 - 2016 Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 21, 2014 - The American Hospital Association (AHA), the largest hospital association in the world, has partnered with the Baldrige Foundation to become the lead sponsor of the 2015-2016 Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence (the Criteria). AHA is the first organization in the Baldrige Program’s 26-year history to sponsor the Criteria.

The Criteria, a cornerstone of the Baldrige Program, are a set of questions that focus on improving your results and building alignment across your organization. The resulting alignment ensures consistency of purpose while supporting agility, creativity, innovation and decentralized decision making. In a recent study, Baldrige hospitals were recording faster five-year performance improvement than peers and were 83% more likely to be among Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals®.

This sponsorship is part of a larger gift to the Baldrige Foundation in support of its $35 million Campaign for the Growth of Baldrige, a national effort to sustain and grow the application of Baldrige principles and performance excellence in the U.S. and throughout the world.

“AHA represents more than 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, and other providers. Their advocacy for performance excellence through sponsorship of the Health Care Criteria will have a profound impact in creating healthy communities across the nation,” said Al Faber, President and CEO of The Baldrige Foundation.

In addition to recognition in the Criteria, the AHA will be recognized as the Lead Health Care Sponsor on the Foundation’s virtual donor wall, granted VIP status at all Campaign for the Growth of Baldrige events and the 2015 Quest for Excellence® Conference, and given a seat on the Foundation’s Fundraising Advisory Council. The AHA also will participate in the Baldrige Executive Fellows Program and Examiner Training as part of this sponsorship.  Once the new Health Care Criteria are released in 2015, the AHA will provide a digital copy to each of its institutional members.

“The AHA has begun its Baldrige journey and is implementing strategies that have advanced organizational excellence, innovation and effectiveness,” said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock.  “Through this partnership with the Baldrige Foundation, the AHA can better help hospitals and other providers with tools and resources as they continue to improve quality and reduce costs.”

About The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

The Mission of the Baldrige Foundation is to ensure the long-term financial growth and viability of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, and to support organizational performance excellence in the United States and throughout the world.  To learn more about the Campaign for the Growth of Baldrige, please contact Kellie Glenn, Major Gifts Director, at (202)-285-1334 or   kglenn@baldrigefoundation.orgThe Baldrige Foundation is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.  As such, your donations and contributions are tax deductible. To learn more visit



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