Poudre Valley Health System in CO Baldridge recipient

Poudre Valley Health System has earned the nation’s top quality award, President George Bush announced today. PVHS is one of only three organizations across the country to receive the prestigious Baldridge National Quality Award , given by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to recognize manufacturing, small business, service, education and healthcare organizations that demonstrate sustainable performance excellence.  PVHS is the only healthcare organization to receive the 2008 Baldrige award.


The award signifies a 10-year journey during which PVHS has dedicated itself to improving every aspect of its healthcare business, including clinical quality, customer service, and staff, physician and volunteer satisfaction.

President-elect Obama will present the award to PVHS leaders and staff during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in early 2009. “We are proud to be named to such an elite group of organizations,” said PVHS President and Chief Executive Officer Rulon Stacey. “The award is a confirmation for our patients, physicians, staff, volunteers and community that we are truly dedicated to providing world-class health care.”


As a recipient of the Baldrige award, PVHS will turn a national spotlight on Northern Colorado. Leaders from across the country will travel here to learn about the organization’s successful performance excellence program. PVHS — a two-time recipient of the Colorado Performance Excellence Peak Award — will be invited to lead and participate in national quality conferences highlighting the organization’s role model practices.


(SOURCES: National Institute of Standards and Technology, http://nist.gov, accessed December 11, 2008; AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, accessed November 25, 2008)