Register today for the 26th annual Quest for Excellence® conference April 6-9 in Baltimore, MD and learn best practices from current and former Baldrige Award recipients!

Just announced: Sister Mary Jean Ryan, Board Chair and former President/CEO of SSM Health Care will be the Wednesday morning keynote speaker at Quest on April 9! Sister Mary Jean led SSM Health Care to the first Baldrige Award in the healthcare category in 2002. Internationally known as an inspiring speaker and leader in the health-care quality movement, she has been named one of the most powerful people in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine for the past eight years.

In addition to recognizing the outstanding practices of the 2013 Award recipients, Quest will showcase proven strategies and real-world insights of 17 former Award recipients from all sectors!


Former recipients participating include Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Iredell-Statesville Schools, Jenks Public Schools, K&N Management, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, MESA, Montgomery County Public Schools, Nestle Purina PetCare, North Mississippi Health Services, Poudre Valley Health System, Premier Healthcare Alliance, Richland College, Ritz-Carlton, Schneck Medical Center, Southcentral Foundation, Studer Group, and the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Other Highlights of Quest for Excellence include:

  • The Baldrige Award Ceremony, which will honor the 2013 Award recipients on Sunday evening, April 6
  • A panel session featuring the two site-visited applicants who were recognized for category-level best practices in leadership in 2013
  • Pre-conference workshops on the afternoon of April 6, 2014, for beginner and intermediate users of the Baldrige Criteria. These will be facilitated by leaders of former Baldrige Award-winning organizations.
  • Opportunities to network with and learn from Baldrige recipients, applicants, Examiners, Alliance for Performance Excellence program representatives, as well as Criteria experts and users in all industries.
  • Opportunities to meet conference sponsors.  Quest sponsorships are still available!  Learn more about sponsoring Quest.

Register by March 10 for the $150 early bird discount!

For more information about the Quest for Excellence Conference, visit the conference Webpage. For questions, contact the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program at (301) 975-2036 or