Published on December 18, 2014

Genesis Health System Earns Iowa Gold Achievement

Genesis Health System has become the first Iowa health system to earn a Gold Achievement, the highest level of recognition from the Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence.

Genesis Health System, which had previously earned Bronze and Silver recognition, is one of just three health care organizations to earn Gold Achievement since the Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence began recognition of  performance excellence in Iowa organizations in 2000.

Only six Iowa organizations have earned the Gold Achievement level in the history of the state awards.

Genesis is progressing toward a goal of recognition as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner.  Baldrige Awards are the highest national recognition for performance excellence and management for organizations.

"We are proud of everyone within Genesis Health System; not because they earned Gold recognition, but because they deserved to earn Gold recognition,'' said Doug Cropper, President and CEO, Genesis Health System.  “Genesis has become a better, more patient-focused organization than ever before because of the processes put into place to earn this recognition.  It is patients who benefit from this rigorous examination of our processes and efficiency.''

The purpose of the Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence process is to recognize role-model organizations completing a rigorous organizational assessment leading to sustainability and maintaining a future focus on performance excellence.

“The leaders of these organizations have made a commitment to attaining higher levels of performance by receiving feedback from volunteer examiners willing to spend more than 140 hours of assessment time to help build quality and competitiveness in Iowa-based organizations,’’ said Gary Nesteby, Executive Director, Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence.

IRPE achievement winners this year were:

Gold – Genesis Health System, Davenport; Mary Greely Medical Center, Ames, Iowa.

Silver – Firestone Farm Tires, Des Moines.

Bronze -- Iowa Donor Network, North Liberty, Iowa; Urbandale Community School District, Urbandale, Iowa.

For more information about Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence, go to www.iowaqc.org.


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