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President Recognizes Sharp HealthCare With 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award at White House
Date:4/23/2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. and SAN DIEGO, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- President George W. Bush personally recognized Sharp HealthCare today with the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award at a private event at the White House. Sharp HealthCare is one of only five organizations in the country, and the only one in California, to receive the 2007 Baldrige Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence.

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Following the President's reception, Sharp representatives received the award from Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez in a ceremony held in conjunction with the Baldrige program's annual Quest for Excellence Conference. The Quest for Excellence Conference provides a forum for Baldrige Award recipients to showcase their exceptional performance practices and share their journeys to excellence with interested businesses and organizations from around the country and the world.

"The Baldrige criteria and our unwavering commitment to quality, satisfaction and continuous improvement have helped us toward our vision to be the best place to work, practice medicine and receive care," said Mike Murphy, President and CEO of Sharp HealthCare, which is one of the largest health care systems in Southern California. "We believe we are changing health care for the better, and the Baldrige evaluation process and recognition have fanned the flames of enthusiasm to continue on our quest."

At the forefront of Sharp's commitment to excellence is The Sharp Experience, a sweeping performance improvement initiative launched in 2001. This initiative has resulted in numerous advances in clinical outcomes, patient safety enhancements and organizational and service improvements. These include best-practice blood sugar control in patients with diabetes; technological innovations f
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