HSHS St. Francis 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 HSHS St. Francis Hospital of Litchfield, IL as a recipient of the 2016 Bronze Award for Commitment to Excellence. HSHS St. Francis 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 are proud to have received the ILPEx Bronze Award for Commitment to Excellence,” said E. J. Kuiper, President and CEO of the HSHS Central Illinois Division and Interim President and CEO of HSHS St. Francis Hospital. “Providing results-focused, excellent patient care is a commitment we all share at HSHS St. Francis Hospital. To demonstrate this commitment, this past year we applied for the award. The process allowed us to compare our work against a set of characteristics of high-performing organizations. The feedback we receive from the ILPEx Recognition Program is vital information for us to utilize as we continue to look at ways to improve. Thank you and congratulations to all physicians and colleagues for their commitment to the St. Francis mission, vision, and core values.”

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.

HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, Illinois offers a full range of health care services including an advanced surgery center; imaging for diagnostic purposes; and physical, cardiac, and pulmonary rehabilitation. In addition, HSHS St. Francis is the only hospital in Macoupin and Montgomery counties providing maternity services. The hospital is a member of Hospital Sisters Health System and is located halfway between St. Louis, Missouri and Springfield, Illinois.

“We are pleased to congratulate HSHS St. Francis Hospital as an ILPEx Bronze Award recipient on their first application,” said Ben Krupowicz, Executive Director of the ILPEx Recognition Program. “HSHS St. Francis Hospital plays a vital role in their community and has demonstrated a willingness to learn and excel on the very principles that make organizations great throughout this challenging journey to performance excellence.”

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.

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HSHS St. Francis Hospital Media Contact:
Becky Bishop
HSHS St. Francis Hospital Marketing Manager