SUGAR LAND (Covering Fort Bend) – Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital has been named a recipient of the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence.
Since the healthcare category was introduced in 1999, only 21 healthcare organizations nationwide have been awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land becomes the first Houston area hospital and the third in Texas to win the prestigious award.
The Malcolm Baldridge award was established by the U.S. Congress in 1987 to raise awareness of quality management and recognize U.S. companies that have implemented successful quality management systems. Awards can be given annually in six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, healthcare and nonprofit.
The award is named after the late Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige, a proponent of quality management. The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology manages the award, and ASQ administers it.
Memorial Hermann’s award got the attention of Congressman Pete Olsen (R-TX). “As a Sugar Land resident, I’ve always known what exceptional care Memorial Hermann Sugar Land provides and now the nation knows as well,” Rep. Olson said. “Their ability to recruit and retain exceptional doctors and nurses is directly reflected in the quality of care they provide to their patients. This level of care has been achieved through their overall commitment to best practices in preventing medical errors,” he added.
The education and healthcare categories were added in 1999. A government and nonprofit category was added in 2007.