On April 2, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross presented four U.S. organizations with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s only presidential award for performance excellence and innovation.
The four honorees are:
- Don Chalmers Ford—Rio Rancho, New Mexico (small business)
- Momentum Group—Irvine, California (small business)
- Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – Mountain Valley—Kellogg, Idaho (health care)
- Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital—Sugar Land, Texas (health care).
“This year’s recipients each exemplify the very best this country has to offer,” Ross said.
Chairman of The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, George Benson, used the ceremony as an opportunity to officially launch the new Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder.
The guide is a voluntary self-assessment tool that can help organizations better understand how to manage cybersecurity risks. Using concepts first presented in the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, the guide includes questions that organizations can consider to evaluate their cybersecurity approaches and systems. The tool can also help to continually improve and measure the effectiveness of cybersecurity efforts.
Named after Malcolm Baldrige—the 26th Secretary of Commerce—the Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987 to enhance the competitiveness and performance of U.S. businesses. Eligibility for the award was expanded in 1998 to include education and health care, and again in 2007 to include nonprofit organizations.