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Theresa Szucs, Malcolm Baldridge Examiner

Theresa Szucs, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Director, Quality and Performance Improvement, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, Paterson, NJ (resident of Parsippany), has been appointed by Dr. Patrick Gallagher, Director of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Award, created by public law in 1987, is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive.


As an examiner, Szucs is responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the Baldrige Award. The Board of Examiners is composed of approximately 500 leading experts selected from industry, professional and trade organizations, education and health care organizations, and nonprofits (including government).

Those selected to the Board of Examiners, like Theresa Szucs, must meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition. All members of the board must take part in a preparation course based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and the scoring and evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award. Szucs has served on the Board of Examiners since 2012.

About the Baldrige Award:
The Baldrige Award may be given annually in each of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care, and nonprofit. Awards have been presented to 93 organizations. Information about the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and the application process is available by calling 301.975.2036, sending an email to baldrige@nist.gov or going to the Baldrige Program’s website at http://www.nist.gov/baldrige.

The award program is managed by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, part of NIST, in close cooperation with the private sector. ASQ assists the program, under contract, with logistics of the application review process, preparation of award documents, and other activities.

About St. Joseph’s Healthcare System:
With a tradition of excellence that spans more than 145 years, nationally-recognized St. Joseph’s Healthcare System is an integrated multidisciplinary comprehensive health care organization renowned for the expertise of its clinical and professional staff, leading edge technology and ‘patients first’ approach to service excellence. St. Joseph’s Healthcare System is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. To learn more, visit www.StJosephsHealth.org or call 877.757.SJHS (7547).

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