Two ActiveStrategy Hospital Clients Receive California "Baldrige" Award for Performance Excellence

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ActiveStrategy, Inc. today announced that two of its clients, Feather River Hospital and Children's Hospital of Orange County, are recognized as California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE) winners. The California Council for Excellence will present Feather River with a Gold Award and CHOC with a Silver Award at the 15th Annual Conference & Awards Ceremony to be held on Friday, April 17 in Los Angeles.

We use the same criteria for evaluating organizations as the national program. The rigorous Baldrige Criteria are recognized internationally as the hallmark for performance excellence and allow us to select award winners to serve as role models for all California organizations.

ActiveStrategy, Inc. today announced that two of its clients, Feather River Hospital and Children's Hospital of Orange County, are recognized as California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE) winners. The California Council for Excellence (CCE), which administers the CAPE Awards, models them after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a prestigious prize that recognizes U.S. organizations for their achievements in quality and performance.

MaryAnn Pranke, Chair of the CAPE Award stated, "We use the same criteria for evaluating organizations as the national program. The rigorous Baldrige Criteria are recognized internationally as the hallmark for performance excellence and allow us to select award winners to serve as role models for all California organizations." The CCE will present Feather River Hospital with a Gold Award and CHOC with a Silver Award at the 15th Annual Conference & Awards Ceremony to be held on Friday, April 17 in Los Angeles.

Feather River Hospital is the only Gold-level Award recipient this year of all applicants, and is only the second hospital to have achieved this award level in the history of the CCE. Feather River Hospital's previous CAPE awards include a Bronze in 2005 and a Silver in 2006. CHOC was honored last year with a Bronze-level CAPE Award.

Both organizations credit their dedication to quality and best practices, along with the deployment of an automated Balanced Scorecard framework, as reasons for their award wins this year. Beth Rowett, Vice President, Quality at CHOC, explains, "This award signals that we are an example to the community of how to align an organization from top to bottom - ensuring that nothing stands in the way of the high-quality care we provide to children who need it. We are proud to be acknowledged two years in a row by the California Council for Excellence."

Also at the CCE's Annual Conference, which begins on April 15th, ActiveStrategy's Public Sector Practice Director, Christine Heflin, will present on three performance excellence topics. Her presentations include a keynote address on the City of Coral Springs' Baldrige journey (where she was previously an internal consultant), a session on how Baldrige criteria can be applied at non-profits, governments, and mission-based organizations, and a session on how to achieve breakthrough improvement results in a Balanced Scorecard Framework.

About Feather River Hospital
Feather River Hospital is a member of Adventist Health, a healthcare system that includes hospital and physician groups working together to provide efficient, quality care to meet the demands of California's managed care environment. Feather River has a total of 122 beds, including 21 Skilled Nursing Facility beds. Specialty programs developed to meet the needs of the community include an Outpatient Center, Feather River Hospital Home Health Agency, and Paradise Hospice, as well as Feather River Rehabilitation (which offers Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies).

About CHOC
Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) is exclusively committed to the health and well being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to its patients. CHOC's regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several community clinics, a residency program that trains tomorrow's pediatricians, and four centers of excellence - The Heart, Cancer, Neuroscience, and Orthopaedic Institutes.

About ActiveStrategy, Inc.
Based in East Norriton, PA, ActiveStrategy helps clients improve business results through a combination of strategic consulting and web-based software that facilitates and accelerates Enterprise Strategy Execution.

Enterprise Strategy Execution is a management methodology that encompasses strategic planning, objective and measure deployment, business process alignment, performance reporting, and improvement initiative management.

ActiveStrategy applications support all major performance management methodologies including the Balanced Scorecard, Malcolm Baldrige Criteria, Six Sigma, and Management by Objectives. ActiveStrategy clients include leading organizations in healthcare, government, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, non-profit, and high-technology sectors. For more information, visit http://www.activestrategy.com.

Contact:
Heather Smith
hsmith @ activestrategy.com
(484) 690-0760

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