Since then, the Baldrige program has proven to be so extraordinarily powerful and transformative across multiple business sectors that, now, it is viewed as a competitive necessity by the healthcare industry. In fact, more than 50% (12 of the 22) organizations that applied for the Baldrige Award at the national level in 2014 were hospitals or health systems. This data can be found at www.NIST.gov.
The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) has projected that, 65% of all hospitals across the U.S. will be on the Malcolm Baldrige journey, according to the FutureScan 2013: Healthcare Trends and Implications 2013-2018.
Clearly, just as the healthcare industry has adopted evidence-based approaches to providing clinical services, healthcare has responded to the evidence about Baldrige’s incomparable value.