CPEx Timberline Award

The Medical Center of Aurora and Centennial Medical Plaza Earn Business Performance Award

October 17, 2008

The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza has received the Timberline Award from the non-profit group Colorado Performance Excellence (CPEx), an organization that rates and recognizes quality improvement efforts by Colorado businesses and other groups.

CPEx examines organizations using a set of measures developed by the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program, launched by Congress in the 1980s to lead businesses and non-profit groups toward improving their performance. Colorado Performance Excellence examiners look at work processes, leadership, data analysis, strategic planning and other factors that affect performance.

"The CPEx journey provided us with the opportunity to integrate our culture, business and work systems to fulfill the mission of our organization," said John Hill, CEO of The Medical Center of Aurora and Centennial Medical Plaza. "The survey process validated our strengths and raised awareness of our opportunities to achieve world-class excellence. Receiving the Timberline award is not a destination, but a platform for continuous improvement as we strive to offer the highest quality of patient care."

Other awards recently presented to The Medical Center of Aurora and Centennial Medical Plaza include Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credential Center, the highest nursing honor in the country; the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Workplace Flexibility (2007 and 2008); and a designation by Modern HealthCare as one of the Top 100 Hospitals to Work For in 2008.