Elmhurst Hospital Awarded 2016 Bronze Award for Commitment to Excellence by the ILPEx Recognition Program

Peoria, IL (December 14, 2016) – The ILPEx Recognition Program has announced Elmhurst Hospital of Elmhurst, IL as a recipient of the 2016 Bronze Award for Commitment to Excellence. Elmhurst Hospital will be formally honored at the annual award ceremony and recognition dinner on March 30, 2017, at the Hyatt Lodge at Hamburger University located in Oak Brook, IL.

“We’re extremely proud and humbled to receive the ILPEx Bronze Award,” said Mary Lou Mastro, President and CEO of Elmhurst Hospital. “It’s a credit to our employees and a confirmation of the dedication to our patients and our commitment to providing quality care.”

The ILPEx Bronze Award for Commitment to Excellence is granted to those organizations that exhibit evidence of building effective systems for performance improvement, and for whom key processes demonstrate an approach to data evaluation, while identifying improvement strategies for a long-term commitment to organizational excellence.

Elmhurst Hospital, founded in 1926, provides comprehensive health services at multiple locations throughout Chicago’s west suburbs. In 2011, Elmhurst Hospital opened a new, 866,000 square foot, state-of-the-art acute care hospital on a 50-acre campus that also includes facilities for specialty services, individual physician offices and a retail complex. With 259 private patient rooms, Elmhurst Hospital incorporates the latest trends in healthcare facility design and is home to some of the Chicago area’s most advanced technology. Elmhurst Hospital is one of only 80 organizations worldwide and one of 29 in the U.S. recognized as a Planetree Designated Patient-Centered Hospital, and is one of only 10 hospitals in the world to earn Planetree’s Designation with Distinction. With 2,600 employees and 900 physicians, the hospital staff is committed to excellence in medical and surgical care, behavioral health, cardiology, emergency care, maternity, neurosurgery, oncology, orthopedics and pediatrics. Elmhurst Hospital, the 18th largest hospital in the Chicago area according to Crain’s Chicago Business, is part of Edward-Elmhurst Health, the system created by the merger of Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare in 2013.

“We are pleased to congratulate Elmhurst Hospital as an ILPEx Bronze Award recipient on their first application,” said Ben Krupowicz, Executive Director of the ILPEx Recognition Program. “With a long term commitment to Chicago’s west suburbs, as demonstrated by their award-winning, state-of-the-art facility, we are delighted to welcome Elmhurst Hospital to the ILPEx Recognition Program family. The strength of their early commitment to excellence is an indicator of future success for the organization.”

The 2016 ILPEx Board of Examiners – comprised of 45 experts in business, education, health care and government – volunteered over 9,800 hours assessing each applicant in seven categories: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce; operations; and results. The ILPEx Panel of Judges is responsible for validating the integrity of the ILPEx Awards for Excellence recognition cycle and determining recognition levels for each applicant. The panel is composed of experts selected from all industry sectors and geographic regions across the state of Illinois.

Since 1994, there have been 270 ILPEx Award for Excellence applicants and approximately 1,500 examiners, representing over 150,000 hours of work, resulting in appropriately $7 million in volunteered time – all to make Illinois organizations more competitive, create jobs, and improve communities. As your preferred resource for growth and enterprise excellence, IMEC also offers training and support to help you address the Baldrige Criteria from leadership to results.

For more information on how your organization can benefit from services provided by the ILPEx Recognition Program, visit www.ilpex.org, or call 888-806-4632.

For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, visit www.nist.gov/baldrige/.


About the ILPEx Recognition Program (IMEC)

Through the ILPEx Recognition Program, IMEC leverages the Baldrige Excellence Framework as a foundation for driving organizational improvement and enterprise excellence across the state of Illinois. By strategically prioritizing those improvements, IMEC provides a range of hands-on, goal-oriented solutions in continuous improvement, strategy, workforce, and more to lead organizations to their competitive future. A non-profit economic development organization, IMEC is funded in part by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership and through fees paid by Illinois businesses for IMEC’s services. IMEC has seven offices statewide and 48 full-time industry improvement specialists.

IMEC Media Contact:
Amy Fitzgerald
IMEC Marketing Maanager

Elmhurst Hospital Media Contact:
Sheri Scott, Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare
System Director, Communications & Creative Services