Patricia Skriba Announced as Chief Judge for the ILPEx Recognition Program

Peoria, IL (February 9, 2018)  IMEC has announced Patricia Skriba as the newly appointed Chief Judge for the ILPEx Recognition Program’s Panel of Judges. The 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.

Patricia (Pattie) is currently serving as the VP of Business Excellence at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, a 300-bed acute care hospital in Downers Grove, Illinois. In Pattie’s role with Advocate, she is responsible for overseeing the operations improvement (lean) function and facilitates the integration of the Baldrige criteria into business operations. She was involved with Good Sam’s multiple awards through the ILPEx Recognition Program, as well as played a key role in their 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recognition. Pattie is known for her energy, innovation, and results-orientation in her professional life; as well as her passion for the outdoors, biking, and travel.

Continually inspired by the pursuit of excellence and other likeminded individuals, Pattie shared her perspective on what becoming Chief Judge means to her. “Someone once told me that ‘Pursuing excellence means being your best…being better tomorrow than you were yesterday…it means matching your practice with your potential.’   This is what I believe our role in the ILPEx Recognition Program is about – attracting organizations to pursue the journey to excellence, providing them with a doable blueprint, and inspiring them towards reaching their potential.”

Pattie has served for several years as a volunteer Examiner for the ILPEx Recognition Program and three years on the Panel of Judges. She has also been actively involved at the national level with the Baldrige Fellows Program.

“Pattie was a fantastic candidate to become the new Chief Judge for the ILPEx Recognition Program,” said Ben Krupowicz, the program’s Executive Director. “With her extensive experience with performance excellence, as well as her ability to be a champion of the volunteer Examiner network, Pattie will be instrumental in guiding this year’s focus on making critical improvements to the recognition cycle overall. Through feedback from former Examiners and Judges, we have identified refinements needed for the cycle to continue to be a success well into the future. Pattie will ensure that success is realized.”

Please join IMEC in congratulating Pattie as the new Chief Judge for the ILPEx Recognition Program.

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About the ILPEx Recognition Program (IMEC)

IMEC leverages the Baldrige Excellence Framework as a foundation for driving organizational improvement and innovation across the state of Illinois. By providing a range of hands-on, goal-oriented solutions in the areas of leadership; strategy; customer engagement; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; operations; and workforce, IMEC leads organizations in their mission to improve business results and to create sustainable competitive futures. Through the ILPEx Recognition Program, IMEC celebrates the organizations committed to achieving enterprise excellence and sets them apart as a true class of distinction.