Volunteer Spotlight

At SPQA, our support in helping organizations on their journey to excellence leverages the talents and experiences of our volunteer workforce. Each workforce member has a unique story to tell. In this article we have interviewed Jim Spengler, our Chair, to get his story. Why did you choose to become a Board Member for SPQA? …

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Baldrige for Beginners

In this Introductory course, SPQA offers an opportunity for individuals and organizations to learn the foundations of the Baldrige Excellence Framework using the Baldrige Excellence Builder to help achieve long-term success. The Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework is a national model for performance excellence. Through questions, the Framework guides organizations to a systemic and integrated perspective…

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Discovery Organization Recognition

Participating in a Self-Assessment and receiving feedback from an Examiner team is the start of any organization’s improvement journey using the Baldrige Framework for Improvement. At the SPQA this program is called “DISCOVERY”. This year, the Educational Employee’s Supplementary Retirement System of Fairfax County (ERFC) submitted their Discovery Self-Assessment. They clearly have recognized the benefit…

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UNOS wins 2021 Award

SPQA is excited to announce UNOS winning the 2021 SPQA Achievement in Performance Excellence Award. We applaud them as they continue their journey toward implementing the Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework.               About the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the mission-driven non-profit…

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ESH wins 2021 Award

Eastern State Hospital took an important step this year on its journey toward implementing the Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework by winning the 2021 SPQA Commitment to Performance Excellence Award.               As the first public mental health hospital in the United States, Eastern State Hospital traces its roots back to…

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Our Board of Examiners

Below are the names of the individuals who sacrificed time and family to review and provide helpful feedback to the organizations that submitted an application for the Senate Productivity and Quality Award. These persons comprise the esteemed membership of our Board of Examiners. We post their names here in recognition of the significant investment in…

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2021 SPQA Membership

Member Benefits When you become an SPQA member, you demonstrate to your customers and employees that you are committed to the SPQA mission and principles of performance excellence. Member benefits include: Demonstration of a commitment to excellence, 10% discount on all individual training, 10% discount on the Forum for Excellence, Discounted SPQA Award Program application…

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Join Us in Discovery

Start your SPQA Journey with our Discovery Program SPQA’s Discovery program is a partnership between SPQA and your organization. We will be with you every step of the way as you learn and apply Baldrige criteria to your organization and complete an application. The documents below can help you decide whether Discovery is right for…

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The Examiner Process

Thank you for your interest in becoming a SPQA Examiner. Conducting an examination of an outside organization is the best way to learn how to apply the Baldrige Excellence Framework in your organization. The team approach focuses on the examination process and on building examiner skills in using the Framework. The 2021 Examiner Guide provides…

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VHHA wins 2020 Award

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) took an important step this year on its journey toward implementing the Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework by winning the 2020 SPQA Progress in Performance Excellence Award. VHHA began its work with SPQA in 2018 and was recognized for completing the Self Discovery process during the 2019 award cycle…

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