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VA Research Center in Albuquerque Receives Baldrige Award
Date:12/8/2009

Officer. "VA research serves as the foundation to advancements in Veterans' health care, and the Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) has been a model for innovative research excellence. The Coordinating Center excels at assuring the highest level of research professionalism as well as the most diligent management of research studies. We are honored that the caliber of innovation, quality and performance excellence of the Coordinating Center has been recognized through this distinctive award."

Recent VA research trials supported by the Coordinating Center include the use of robotic arms to help stroke patients regain limb function, treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, a comparative effectiveness research study of optimal medical therapy to angioplasty for coronary artery diseases, and effective approaches for diabetes management.

Other landmark CSP studies over the program's 37-year history include deep brain stimulation to treat advanced Parkinson's disease, findings that led to the now routine practice of taking aspirin to prevent heart attacks, establishing the effectiveness of the shingles vaccine, and revolutionary treatments for heart failure.

Congress established the Malcolm Baldrige award program in 1987 to recognize U.S. organizations for their achievements in quality and performance, and to raise awareness about the importance of quality and performance excellence as a competitive edge. The presentation of the Baldrige award will occur at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in 2010.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


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