Saint Anthony Hospital Announced as a 2017 Bronze Award Recipient for Commitment to Excellence by the ILPEx Recognition Program

Peoria, IL (January 10, 2018) The ILPEx Recognition Program has announced Saint Anthony Hospital of Chicago, IL as a recipient of the 2017 ILPEx Bronze Award for Commitment to Excellence. Saint Anthony Hospital will be formally honored at the annual award ceremony and recognition dinner on February 22, 2018, at the Hyatt Lodge at Hamburger University located in Oak Brook, IL.

“Providing quality care to one of the most underserved communities in Chicago has always been Saint Anthony Hospital’s top priority,” notes Saint Anthony President and CEO, Guy A. Medaglia. “We are honored to be recognized for our second consecutive ILPEx Bronze Award for Commitment to Excellence. It truly reflects the dedication of our Physicians, leadership and staff. The Baldrige framework has been instrumental in implementing our strategic plan throughout the organization. Our team takes great pride in the care we provide, and will continue our journey to grow and excel to deliver the highest quality of care to the patients we serve.”

The ILPEx Bronze Award for Commitment to Excellence is granted to those organizations that demonstrate systematic approaches that respond to the basic requirements of the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence criteria. A general improvement orientation must be evident in the organization, along with key approaches by senior leaders to guide and sustain the organization and prove the use of systematic approaches to improve key work processes. Additionally, the organization must report results for several areas that are important to the accomplishment of their mission.

Saint Anthony Hospital is an independent, nonprofit, faith-based, acute care, community hospital dedicated to improving the health and wellness of families on Chicago’s west and southwest sides. For over a century, Saint Anthony Hospital has served more than 400,000 neighboring residents. Saint Anthony Hospital, its affiliated clinics and community wellness centers provide quality health services, as well as a wide variety of free bilingual community health education and outreach programs. Saint Anthony Hospital offers services close to home, caring for people regardless of their nationality, religious affiliation and ability to pay. Applying criteria from the Baldrige Excellence Framework contributed to Saint Anthony Hospital recently being awarded the Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission, making them the first among all Illinois hospitals, as well as being named the City of Chicago’s “Best Value” Hospital by Amino, a healthcare transparency company.

“The pursuit of continuous improvement and quality excellence is vital for the success of a healthcare organization,” said Ben Krupowicz, Executive Director of the ILPEx Recognition Program. “Saint Anthony Hospital understands that challenge and has embraced the Framework as a means by which they can focus their efforts across the organization to be the best and serve their community as a trusted leader in healthcare and a true community partner.”

The 2017 ILPEx Board of Examiners – comprised of 41 experts in business, education, health care and government – volunteered over 9,000 hours assessing each applicant in seven categories: leadership; strategy; customer engagement; 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 275 ILPEx Award for Excellence applications and approximately 1,550 examiners, representing over 160,000 hours of work, resulting in appropriately $7.4 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/.

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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.

IMEC Media Contact:
Amy Fitzgerald
Marketing Manager
309-677-2977
afitzgerald@imec.org

Saint Anthony Media Contact:
Elizabeth Pedersen
Manager of Marketing and Communications
773-484-1893
epedersen@sahchicago.org