Posted by Christine Schaefer
We are always pleased to see how former Baldrige Award winners continue to blaze trails as exemplars of excellence. As a recent example, Premier Inc., the 2006 Baldrige Award-winning health care alliance, has earned national recognition as one of the “2013 Best Places to Work in Healthcare.” In early August, Modern Healthcare named the service organization to its 2013 list of 100 companies or organizations in the health care field to be honored this coming October for demonstrating workforce-focused excellence.
When Premier received the Baldrige Award, we highlighted its outstanding practices and results in relation to workforce focus, category 5 of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. As described in the 2006 profile (PDF) on our Web site, “Premier’s core value of focus on people embodies the company’s commitment to providing a safe, positive work environment and opportunities for development and career growth.”
The Baldrige Award winner’s focus on people includes several initiatives to foster employee development, including individual performance and development plans and an annual program for the development of high-potential employees. In addition, Premier offers many different employee-wellness initiatives focusing on health, fitness, and stress reduction. Premier’s ongoing culture and diversity program and the company’s annual Values Conference and volunteering activities also foster its focus on people.
Other honors for Premier this year include being named among the top 100 of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, among top technology innovators by InformationWeek, and among the Healthiest Employers of Greater Charlotte by the Charlotte Business Journal.
Kudos to Premier’s leadership and every workforce member for continuing to make your organization a great place to work!