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Rulon Stacey named chair of national Baldrige Award board


For immediate release: June 13, 2013

Gary Kimsey, 970.495.7427 or 689.2512,


Rulon Stacey appointed chair of national Baldrige Award board

Rulon Stacey, University of Colorado Health president, has been appointed chair of the Board of Overseers for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige Award is the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence.

The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, which manages the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program in conjunction with the private sector, announced June 11 that Stacey was appointed to lead the 12-member board, effectively immediately. The Board of Overseers consists of distinguished leaders from all sectors of the U.S. economy.

Rulon Stacey: “There are people alive today because the Baldrige process encouraged our staff to want to make a difference."

Stacey’s appointment as chair will continue through Feb. 28, 2014, with the possibility of renewal for an additional one-year term. He has been a Board of Overseers member for the last two years.

“The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program is the best performance excellence process in the world,” Stacey said. “I believe many of the answers to our current economic and health-care crises can be found in the processes of the Baldrige Program.”

Recalling the 10-year period of intense process improvement that Poudre Valley Health System, now part of UCHealth, went through to win the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Stacey said the health system’s business and financial operations, quality, customer service, and patient care were significantly enhanced.

Lives saved

“There are people alive today because the Baldrige process encouraged our staff to want to make a difference,” said Stacey, who was the PVHS president and CEO during the Baldrige quest at the Fort Collins, Colo.-based health system. “Baldrige helped us maintain the motivation to keep improving.”

{Learn more about PVHS and the Baldrige Award.}

Stacey said the board position is voluntary and will not impact his UCHealth duties. The Board of Overseers will meet for the first time with Stacey as chair on June 13 at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD.

The Board of Overseers members represent the types of organizations eligible for the Baldrige Award: manufacturing, small business, service, health care, education and nonprofit. Appointed by the Secretary of Commerce, these leaders evaluate the Baldrige Program, provide policy guidance and assess how the Baldrige Award serves the national interest.

As chair, Stacey will be the board’s spokesperson and work publicly to promote the Baldrige Program. He said one of his goals is to work with Obama Administration and the Department of Commerce to help organizations become energized about quality improvement.

Great resource

“The Baldrige process is a great resource that can help our country find its way out of hard economic times,” he said.

Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, the Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987. Awards may be given annually to organizations in each of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care and nonprofit. The award promotes innovation and excellence in organizational performance, recognizes the achievements and results of U.S. organizations, and publicizes successful performance strategies.

Since 1988, when the first Baldrige awards were presented, 93 organizations have received awards. Of those, 16 were healthcare organizations.

{Find out more about Baldrige.}


About University of of Colorado Health is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. University of Colorado Health combines Memorial Health System,Poudre Valley HospitalMedical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group (formerly Poudre Valley Medical Group), and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to building a healthier community and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation. 

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