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IMEC Announces Six Recipients of the 2016 ILPEx Recognition Program's Awards for Excellence


For Immediate ReleaseContact: Amy Fitzgerald
December 15, 2016   309-677-2977

Peoria, Illinois - IMEC has announced six organizations selected as the 2016 recipients of the ILPEx Recognition Program’s Awards for Excellence. The high performing organizations were evaluated against the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence by the ILPEx Board of Examiners as part of the annual application process. Application scores and award determinations are made by the ILPEx Panel of Judges. The recipient organizations will be formally honored with the awards at the 22nd annual ILPEx Recognition Program Award Ceremony and Dinner on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at The Hyatt Lodge at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.


“We are very proud to congratulate the 2016 recipients of the ILPEx Awards for Excellence,” said Ben Krupowicz, Executive Director of the ILPEx Recognition Program. “Organizations that pursue the Baldrige Excellence Framework demonstrate through the ILPEx Awards process that they have adopted proven performance practices, principles and strategies that nurture excellence in all aspects of their organization. This year’s recipients are outstanding examples of organizations that understand the impact and benefits of a shared vision and alignment of processes for efficiency, focus and sustainability. These leading edge organizations personify excellence and will contribute to the long-term economic and workforce competitiveness of the state of Illinois.”


The ILPEx Awards for Excellence recognize the recipient’s organization-wide dedication to performance improvement that meets three levels of performance criteria.


The ILPEx Gold Award for Achievement of Excellence is awarded to an organization who demonstrates measures to track operational and strategic goals and execute improvement processes that are integrated, repeatable and regularly evaluated. Gold award recipients serve as a true role model for organizations on the Baldrige journey. The 2016 Gold Award winner is:


American College of Healthcare Executives - Chicago


The ILPEx Silver Award for Progress toward Excellence is awarded to an organization for demonstrating progress in building a systematic approach based on the Baldrige Excellence Framework with evidence of deployment across organizational units. For 2016, two organizations have been named Silver Award recipients; they are:


Concentric Rockford - Rockford

Community Consolidated School District 93 - Bloomingdale


The ILPEx Bronze Award for Commitment to Excellence is awarded to an organization for providing 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. For 2016, three organizations have been named Bronze Award recipients; they are:


Elmhurst Hospital - Elmhurst

HSHS St. Francis Hospital - Litchfield

National Express LLC - Warrenville


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.


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.