Southcentral Foundation wins Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

Southcentral Foundation (SCF), an Alaska Native nonprofit health care system, has received its second Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The award, announced this past week by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, went to five organizations across the U.S., and Southcentral Foundation is one of only two healthcare organizations to receive the honor.

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is a Presidential-level honor given to organizations that demonstrate performance excellence, thoughtful leadership, outstanding quality management, innovation, and improvement. Applicants for the award are judged based on seven criteria including leadership, strategy, operations, and results.

“This program is about much more than recognizing successful organizations or winning a single award,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in a prepared statement. “The organizations which are given the Baldrige Award embody the competitive spirit which drives the American economy forward.”

Southcentral Foundation, located in Anchorage, also received this award in 2011. SCF’s health care delivery system brings together medical, behavioral health, dental, and traditional practices to serve 65,000 Alaska Native and American Indian residents. SCF ranks in the 90th percentile for many quality measurements including diabetes care, cardiovascular care, cancer screenings, and emergency room visits.

“This award is a testament to the dedicated workforce at SCF and our Tribal leadership who have transformed how health care is delivered in partnership with the Alaska Native and American Indian people,” said SCF President/CEO Dr. Katherine Gottlieb. “Our commitment to excellence and innovation will benefit generations to come. I couldn’t be more proud to accept this honor on behalf of SCF.”