August 17, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rachael Woods, Marketing and Communications Manager, 360-391-1137
Christine Nidd Named to Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners for 2021
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named Quality and Compliance Manager for Hospice of the Northwest, Christine Nidd, CPHQ, PMP, MSW, to the Board of Examiners for the 2021 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige Award is the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence.
Appointed by the NIST Director, examiners are responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the Baldrige Award, as well as other assessment-related tasks. The examiner board is composed of leading experts competitively selected from industry, professional, trade, education, health care, and nonprofit (including government) organizations from across the United States.
Those selected meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition, demonstrating competencies related to customer focus, communication, ethics, action orientation, team building, and analytical skills. All members of the board must take part in a nationally ranked leadership development course based on the Baldrige Excellence Framework and the scoring/evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award. They must also complete an independent review of a Baldrige Award application or another comparable examiner task.
“It is an honor to be selected as a member of the Board of Examiners,” said Nidd. “The Baldrige Award is the Gold Standard for quality. I am excited to be part of this process, recognizing and celebrating excellence.”
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 the first group was recognized in 1988, 134 awards have been presented to 124 organizations (including eight two-time award recipients and one three-time recipient).
Hospice of the Northwest provides a complete range of services designed to ease the symptoms and challenges of late-stage illness. Working with each patient, their loved ones, and their physician, Hospice of the Northwest creates a plan of care centered on each individual’s goals, needs, beliefs, and comfort. Learn more about Hospice of the Northwest at www.HospiceNW.org or call 360-814-5550.