2019 Missouri and Kansas Quality Awards Banquet
Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital-St. Louis, Special School District of St. Louis County, and the University of Kansas Medical Center-Public Safety are the recipients of the 2019 Missouri and Kansas Quality Awards, the official award for business excellence.
Missouri Senator Caleb Rowden and Kansas Representative Kathy Wolfe-Moore presented trophies to award winners at a ceremony and banquet on November 14, in Columbia. Midwest Excellence Institute CEO Sherry Marshall announced the 2019 Missouri and Kansas Quality Award winners in October.
The Midwest Excellence Institute (MEI), is the Missouri and Kansas state level partner of the National Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which was established by President Ronald Reagan and Congress in 1987. MEI is a 501c3, not-for-profit organization that specializes in helping Missouri and Kansas businesses achieve performance excellence. Award recipients are recognized as industry role models, setting a standard for employee engagement, efficiency, and high customer satisfaction ratings.
Application for the Missouri or Kansas Quality Award is available in three tiers. Tier 1 is the entry-level, Tier 2 the mid-level, with Tier 3 at the highest level (MQA/KQA). All award applications are evaluated by a team of trained examiners individually, then in team consensus, with Tier 2 and Tier 3 award applications culminating in a site visit to verify and clarify information contained in the application.
In addition to presentation of the organizational Missouri and Kansas Quality Awards, some individuals were recognized with the Governor’s Quality Leadership Award and the James Williamson Award for Achievement in Quality.
Missouri Quality Award winner:
Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital-St. Louis is a regional provider of inpatient rehabilitation services in a freestanding hospital setting. Operating a 90-bed facility in West St. Louis County, it is the largest of four rehabilitation hospitals in the St. Louis Metro area and the surrounding communities. Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital serves the region through vital support groups, university relations, fund-raising efforts, societal interventions, and contributing to the quality of life of former patients and families.
Missouri Quality Award winner:
The Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) is a 2-time recipient of the Missouri Quality Award. In collaboration with its partner districts, SSD has two distinct and important functions – it provides special education services for all St. Louis County students with disabilities, and it provides technical education for area high school students. Established in 1957, SSD currently provides more than 24,000 students with special education services or technical education designed for each student’s successful contribution to their community.
The University of Kansas Medical Center-Public Safety was first established in 1976 by the Kansas State Legislature as a fully commissioned law enforcement agency. Since that time, the Police Department has grown and evolved into a comprehensive public safety service organization, now appropriately named Kansas University Medical Center-Public Safety (KUMC-PS), and is comprised of seven divisions, each with a specific customer focus. These seven divisions of Administration, Police Services, Hospital Security Services, Security Operations, Strategic Services, Emergency Management, and Parking and Transportation work in concert to provide timely, safe, and efficient services.
In addition to the Tier 3 MQA and KQA recipients, MEI also named two Missouri K-12 school districts as Tier 2 award winners.
Tier 2 winners:
- Affton School District is one of twenty-three K-12 school districts in St. Louis County, operating five schools that serve approximately 2,800 students. The overarching mission and vision of the Affton School District is to create confident, capable, and curious citizens through customized learning.
- Dunklin R-5 School District of Herculaneum, MO provides pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public school education for early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school students. Dunklin R-5 strives for excellence in academics, with the vision to be a nationally recognized school district dedicated to the character and achievement of all students.