By Tom Ligas, Executive Director QNJ
The Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence will be presented to three organizations at Quality New Jersey’s 17th Annual Conference on May 16, 2006 by either Governor Jon Corzine or Gary Rose, Head of the Governor’s Office of Economic Growth and Chair of the Governor’s Economic Council. This award, which uses the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award criteria, recognizes organizations that have demonstrated successful results through the deployment of a comprehensive integrated quality framework.
The recipients of the 2005 Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence are Reimbursement Services Inc., Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Virtua Health. All three will receive the Bronze Level Governor’s Award.
Reimbursement Services Inc. is an employee benefits brokerage and consulting firm headquartered in Mt. Laurel with 73 employees and serving small and mid-size companies throughout New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, Northern Delaware and Manhattan, New York.
Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune is a division of Meridian Hospitals Corporation, within Meridian Health. It is a university affiliate of The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s (UMDNJ) Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. JSUMC has about 2,900 employees and provides inpatient care, outpatient care, emergency care and community care.
Virtua Health is a non-profit healthcare delivery system, headquartered in Marlton. It is the result of a 1998 merger between Memorial Health Alliance and West jersey Health System, which have been serving South jersey for more than a century. Virtua Health has hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, out-patient services, long-term care and sub-acute rehabilitation facilities, and a medically-based fitness center.
Quality New Jersey will also recognize two organizations for taking another step along their Quality journey via Baldrige-based assessments – Raritan Valley Community College and Cablevision NJ Field Operations.
At the conference, the First Annual Best Practices in Business Award will be presented to RCI Vacation Network Group for their “Topgrading: Building Capabilities for Execution” initiative addressing employee talent management. This award was selected from the First Annual Best Practices in Business Conference held February 2, 2006. NJBIZ publisher Chad Beatty welcomed sixty people from a variety of organizations and functions to hear ten presentations designed to share best practices from the business community. The Second Annual Best Practices in Business Conference will be held in February 2007.
A re-presentation of the Second Annual Innovation in State Government Award will also occur at QNJ’s Annual Conference. On May 1, 2006 QNJ and the NJ State Department of Personnel will co-presented this Award to the Department of Transportation for their “Best Management Practices in Transportation Security – Partnership Between the Public and Private Sectors” initiative. Special Merit Innovation Awards will also be presented to the NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency for their “NJ Housing Resource Center” initiative and to the NJ Lottery for their “Harnessing The Power Of Cultural Differences For Successful Multi-Cultural Collaboration” initiative.
These awards were selected from the Fourth Annual Best Practices in State Government Workshop held October 19, 2005. State Treasurer John McCormac welcomed 90 attendees from various state government departments. The conference, designed to share best practices among state agencies, to recognize the good work being done in government and to allow for networking opportunities, featured 14 presentations selected from a record 37 submissions. Attendees gave the workshop high marks. “I was happy to say I worked for the State of New Jersey after this conference” said a DOT employee. A Labor & Workforce Development employee remarked “I can say this was the best conference I ever attended”.
In October 2006, the Fifth Annual Best Practices in Government Workshop will be open to all government organizations in NJ, including local and federal.
QNJ, a private not-for profit organization, administers the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence and advises organizations of all sizes and in all segments, including business, education, healthcare, government and non-profit, on improving their performance. By participating in QNJ, organizations can share best practices, benchmark other organizations, and receive Baldrige training and discounted consulting services. In addition to identifying improvement opportunities, the Governor’s Award process and two other Baldrige-based assessments provide valuable consulting advice for a fraction of what it would cost to obtain it elsewhere. For more information on QNJ, please visit www.qnj.org.