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Futurescan 2013: Healthcare Trends and Implications 2013-2018 PDF excerpt page 44
100 Top Hospitals CEO Insights: Adoption Rates of Select Baldrige Award Practices PDF excerpt 2012 Truven Health Analytics
Comparison of Baldrige Award Applicants and Recipients with Peer Hospitals on a National Balanced Scorecard PDF Thomson Reuters