CENTENNIAL, Colo., Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AlloSource, one of the nation's largest providers of cartilage, cellular, bone, skin and soft-tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures, recognized Kimberly Meyer, Business Process Manager, for being named to the Board of Examiners for the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award by the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), deepening the organization's commitment to process excellence. The Baldrige Award is the nation's highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence.
Appointed by the NIST Director, examiners are responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the Baldrige Award, as well as other assessment-related tasks. The examiner board is composed of more than 350 leading experts competitively selected from industry, professional, trade, education, health care and nonprofit (including government) organizations from across the United States.
"Each milestone along our performance excellence journey provides invaluable opportunities for AlloSource to advance our systems and processes," said AlloSource Vice President of Corporate Compliance and General Counsel, Dean Elliott. "We are proud that Kimberly served as a resource not only for Baldrige applicants, but also for AlloSource as we work towards our own improvements and achievements as we strive to always fully honor the gift of tissue donation."
Kimberly has enjoyed a 20-year career in the life sciences sector, serving in quality control, quality assurance, quality management, regulatory affairs, process redesign and improvement and performance excellence roles. In her current performance excellence role, she leads AlloSource through its Baldrige application process. Kimberly has also served as a Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence (RMPEx) examiner in 2005, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and played a leadership role in AlloSource achieving RMPEx's highest state honor of Peak in 2015. AlloSource also received RMPEx's Timberline Performance Award in 2013, Foothills Performance Award in 2010 and High Plains Recognition Award in 2009.
Those selected as examiners meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition, demonstrating competencies related to customer focus, communication, ethics, action orientation, team building and analytical skills. All members of the board must take part in a nationally ranked leadership development course based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and the scoring/evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award.
AlloSource is one of the largest nonprofit cellular and tissue networks in the country, offering more than 200 types of precise cartilage, cellular, bone, skin and soft-tissue allografts to advance patient healing. For more than 20 years, AlloSource's products have bridged the proven science of allografts with the advanced technology of cells, offering life-saving and life-enhancing possibilities in spine, sports medicine, foot and ankle, orthopedic, reconstructive, trauma and wound care procedures. As the world's largest processor of cellular bone allografts, fresh cartilage tissue for joint repair and skin allografts to help heal severe burns, AlloSource delivers unparalleled expertise and service to its growing network of surgeons, partners, and the country's most reputable organ procurement organizations. The company is accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks and is headquartered in Centennial, CO. For more information, please visit allosource.org or our educational website, allograftpossibilities.org.
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