Baldrige is focused on performance excellence and setting stretch standards. Accreditation is focused on setting the base standards that all organizations must meet to be considered acceptable providers of health care or education services. All organizations must be accredited; only role-model organizations will achieve Baldrige recognition. Nevertheless, a Baldrige self-assessment will help all organizations proceed beyond accreditation to setting excellence goals—and improve the whole organization. Incidentally, some accreditation organizations (e.g., DNV GL-Healthcare, the Joint Commission, and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs) are incorporating elements of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence into their assessments.
Results from the 1995 Baldrige pilot program indicated that education and health care organizations are very similar to other service organizations. In fact, for-profit health care and education organizations were eligible to apply for the Baldrige Award in the service category before 1999 and continue to be eligible in that category. The purpose of separate Baldrige Criteria is to facilitate understanding of the Baldrige framework in a health care or education setting. The sector-specific Baldrige Criteria are neither less rigorous nor more challenging, but the language has been adapted to fit organizations in these sectors.
Service providers, single hospitals, and large health systems nationwide use the Criteria to improve their operations and sustain world-class results; they are looking for ways to improve safety and outcomes, while reducing cost.
Several additional resources are available for health care organizations.
Education organizations such as business schools, community colleges, universities, and K-12 school districts use the Baldrige Criteria to improve their schools and their students' education. Often these schools find that the Baldrige focus on improved productivity and effectiveness, as well as measurement, across the organization results in improved student learning and other outcomes, including budgetary, financial, and market results.
Several additional resources are available for education organizations.
As of the end of 2015 award cycle, there were 11 education and 20 health care Baldrige Award recipients.
2001 Pearl River School District, Chugach School District, University of Wisconsin-Stout
2003 Community Consolidated School District 15
2004 Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business
2005 Jenks Public Schools, Richland College
2008 Iredell-Statesville Schools
2010 Montgomery County Public Schools
2013 Pewaukee School District
2015 Charter School of San Diego
2002 SSM Health Care
2003 Baptist Hospital, Inc., Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City
2004 Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton
2005 Bronson Methodist Hospital
2006 North Mississippi Medical Center
2007 Mercy Health System, Sharp HealthCare
2008 Poudre Valley Health System
2009 AtlantiCare, Heartland Health
2010 Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
2011 Henry Ford Health System, Schneck Medical Center, Southcentral Foundation
2012 North Mississippi Health Services
2013 Sutter Davis Hospital
2014 Hill Country Memorial, St. David's Healthcare
2015 Charleston Area Medical Center Health System