Navigation Links
KAPE to Honor High-Performing Pennsylvania Organizations

Keystone Alliance for Performance Excellence Promotes Competitiveness with

2nd Annual Award Program

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Five Pennsylvania organizations will be honored for high performance, quality, and results by the Keystone Alliance for Performance Excellence (KAPE) at the 2nd Annual KAPE Conference on September 6-7, 2007 in Harrisburg, PA.

The high-performing Pennsylvania organizations to receive KAPE awards are:

-- Advent Design Corporation, Bristol, PA

-- Applied Clinical Intelligence-LLC, Bala Cynwyd, PA

-- Eaton Corporation-Beaver Plant, Beaver, PA

-- Pinnacle Health System, Harrisburg, PA

-- U.S. Foodservice- Western PA Group, Greensburg, PA.

These organizations were selected after an extensive assessment process that includes an application and/or a site visit, in which examiners judge how well they perform in areas such as Visionary Leadership, Management by Fact, Focus on Results, Agility, Systems Perspective, and Focus on the Future.

KAPE, a non-profit corporation, promotes Pennsylvania competitiveness through a progressive, three-tiered assessment and awards process that encourages and recognizes performance improvements by the state's public and private organizations

"The Keystone Alliance awards process provides an opportunity for businesses, schools, hospitals, and service agencies to become truly great organizations," said Barbara Terry, executive director of KAPE. "We hope that KAPE will make a significant impact on Pennsylvania communities and its economic development."

The KAPE process provides assessment of organizational performance based on the U.S. Department of Commerce's proven Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award criteria. Applicants begin by submitting a written description of how their companies address 11 core concepts that yield results. Organizations receive recognition at every step of their journey, and the exceptional organizations are granted the Keystone award. Applicants also receive a written feedback report on strengths and opportunities for improving performance.

"State quality award programs are a critical incubator for companies in the early stages of performance excellence. Nearly 80% of Baldrige National Award Program recipients win at the state level first," stated Terry.

The KAPE site visit consists of 5 to 7 trained examiners gaining an intimate knowledge of an organization's programs and processes by observing and questioning employees onsite. Examiners then compile an extensive feedback report with detailed suggestions for improved business practices. Ideally, an applicant organization will achieve the highest level of award, the "Keystone Award for Performance Excellence," based on incremental improvements.

Over the past two years, nearly 60 examiners, selected for their professional experience, have received over 40 hours of training to provide consultant-caliber evaluations.

Initially funded by 2003 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipients MEDRAD, INC. of Pittsburgh and The Boeing Company, KAPE provides several levels of Keystone Award recognition for organizations in Pennsylvania. Other organizations sponsoring the KAPE Conference and its mission are Maryland-based Asbury Communities and the Hershey Company.

KAPE encourages all public or private organizations located in Pennsylvania to begin a journey of quality improvement, regardless of their status or size. For more information on the KAPE conference or to make a reservation to attend, visit

For additional information contact:

Barbara Terry, Executive Director KAPE

Phone: (717) 737-6470



Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.

Related biology technology :

1. Eau Claire business contest honors tech start ups
2. CATI honored for technology transfer
3. UW biophysical scientist honored as society fellow
4. Use of X-rays to advance wood-decay knowledge leads to honor for Forest Products Lab biologist
5. Group honors UW-Madisons Stunden for IT leadership
6. WARF honored nationally; Wingra Technologies aquired; Third Wave financials up
7. Tech Digest: President to honor WARF; plus, Governors tech-transfer award for entrepreneurs
8. Northwest Wis. Manufacturing Outreach Center honored by DOC, NIST
9. Schneider Vice President Honored as Top IT Leader by Computerworld
10. Computech Honored with Prestigious IBM Lotus Beacon Award
11. Annual Conference Honors Tech Grant Winners
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... , Dec. 1, 2015 Researchers at the ... Institute for Brain Research at MIT have engineered changes ... cut down on "off-target" editing errors. The refined technique ... use of genome editing. Science , ... three of the approximately 1,400 amino acids that make ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... VIEW, Calif. , Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... the Transformational Health program. This program addresses ways ... period of change. ... Logo - ... every aspect of healthcare, as well as the ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ROSEVILLE, Minn. , Dec. 1, 2015  The ... the recipient of the 2015 Tekne Award in the ... th at the Minneapolis ... who have played a significant role in developing new ... people living around the world. Clostridium difficile ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... , Dec. 1, 2015  CardioCell LLC, a ... stem cells for cardiovascular indications, intends to proceed ... based on recommendations from a Heart Failure Advisory ... Scientific Advisory Board members . In a ... Phase IIa safety and efficacy data from CardioCell,s ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:11/12/2015)...  Arxspan has entered into an agreement with ... use of its ArxLab cloud-based suite of biological ... will support the institute,s efforts to electronically manage ... internally and with external collaborators. The ArxLab suite ... Institute,s electronic laboratory notebook, compound and assay registration, ...
(Date:11/10/2015)... 2015 About signature verification ... to identify and verify the identity of an ... the secure and accurate method of authentication and ... individual because each individual,s signature is highly unique. ... dynamic signature of an individual is compared and ...
(Date:11/2/2015)...  SRI International has been awarded a contract of ... to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) PREVENT Cancer Program ... modern testing and support facilities, and analytical instrumentation to ... studies to evaluate potential cancer prevention drugs. ... Drug Development Program is an NCI-supported pipeline to bring ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):