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Announces 2011 Award Recipients
MADISON – Wisconsin Forward Award Executive Director Elizabeth Menzer today announced the recipients of the 2011 Wisconsin Forward Award.
Wisconsin Forward Award, the state’s premier organization for the promotion and recognition of highperformance management principles, will honor award recipients at a ceremony and reception at the Monona Terrace Conference and Convention Center in Madison on the evening of August 31, 2011. The ceremony will also celebrate the accomplishments of hundreds of Wisconsin organizations that have benefited from the program’s services and learning opportunities, as well as the tens of thousands of hours of service that its volunteer Board of Examiners has contributed.
Six organizations are receiving recognition for their participation in the Award program’s winter recognition cycle. These recipient organizations represent a combined workforce of more than 9,000 employees, and hundreds of volunteers.
Three organizations will be recognized at the Mastery level, demonstrating significant maturity in developing and refining processes that are tied to good results in such areas as building a highly-skilled workforce, financial and organizational performance, and exceptional customer satisfaction and retention. These include:
  • Bay Area Medical Center, Marinette - an independent not for profit community health care organization serving a populace of nearly 58,000 in its primary and secondary service areas.
  • Central Wisconsin Center, Madison - a residential care and treatment facility serving citizens with intellectual disabilities. The Center is part of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
  • SSM Health Care of Wisconsin-Madison - a comprehensive not for profit Catholic health care system providing health services to residents and visitors of an 18 county area in south central WI. Major facilities including St. Mary’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Care Center in Madison; St. Clare Hospital and Health Services and St. Clare Meadows in Baraboo; and the soon to be completed St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital.
Other organizations receiving winter cycle recognition in 2011
  • Black River Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls
  • Howard-Suamico School District, Green Bay
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee
Seven additional Wisconsin organizations have submitted their intent to apply for the Award’s 2011 summer review cycle.
Wisconsin Forward Award, Inc. was created in 1997 by the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment to advance the competitive position and world-class status of Wisconsin organizations in the international marketplace, and to enhance learning, continuous improvement, and enterprise performance. The award promotes excellence in organizational management, recognizes the achievements and results of Wisconsin organizations implementing performance excellence systems, and publicizes successful performance excellence management strategies.
All types and sizes of Wisconsin organizations are eligible to apply, including manufacturers, service companies, small businesses, educational institutions, health care organizations, and non-profit organizations, including trade and professional associations, government entities, and charities.
WFA is a public/private partnership modeled after the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The not-forprofit organization receives financial support from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the Wisconsin Department of Commerce as well as other organizations across the state.
Wisconsin Forward Award is administered by the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence. Visit to learn more.
Posted 7/13/2011
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