Premier Executive Norling Elected President Of Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Foundation

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Premier, Inc.

    WASHINGTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Richard A. Norling, chairman and
 chief executive officer of the national health alliance, Premier, Inc., has
 been named president of the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National
 Quality Award.  The foundation is a non-profit private sector organization
 instrumental in raising contributions to fund the Baldrige Award program,
 overseeing the investment of endowment funds, and approving requirements to
 ensure a successful Award Program.
     Norling was elected to the new post at the annual meeting of the Board of
 Directors, held here last week in conjunction with the presentation of the
 Baldrige awards by President George W. Bush.  As president, Norling succeeds
 Michael B. Wood, M.D., chief executive officer of the Mayo Foundation.  Other
 foundation board officers elected are Richard K. Davidson, chairman and chief
 executive officer of Union Pacific, vice president, and Robert Osterhoff,
 former Xerox director of quality, now retired, treasurer.
     The foundation also elected two new directors to its board: W. Jeff
 Wadsworth, president and chief executive officer of the Nemours Foundation,
 and John A. White, Jr., chancellor of the University of Arkansas.
     "For many years now business companies across America have used the
 strategy of quality management and the criteria of the Malcolm Baldrige
 National Quality Award to achieve extraordinary business results and customer
 relationships," Norling said.  "The Award itself not only recognizes exemplary
 performance but also promotes quality awareness and replication of successful
 quality tactics.  I feel privileged to serve the Foundation which undergirds
 it."
     The Foundation raises funds to permanently endow the Baldrige Award
 program.  Historically, the award program was focused on America's private
 business sector.  In 1998, Congress approved extending the program into the
 education and healthcare sectors, and the Foundation is raising additional
 funding to support that expansion.
     Several of Premier's member hospitals and health systems are among those
 nationwide engaged in performance improvement efforts consistent with Baldrige
 Award criteria, said Norling, who is a former health system leader himself.
 Before joining Premier, he was president and chief executive officer of
 Fairview Hospital and Healthcare System, headquartered in Minneapolis/St. Paul
 and serving the people of Minnesota through an integrated system of hospitals,
 clinics, and other service sites.  Earlier, Norling was executive vice
 president and chief operating officer of UniHealth America, a not-for-profit
 system of hospitals and healthcare organizations headquartered in Burbank,
 Calif.
     Congress created the Baldrige Award, named in memory of the late Secretary
 of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige, in 1987.  As part of its promotion of quality,
 the program establishes guidelines and criteria that organizations use to
 improve their overall performance and competitiveness.  Thousands of
 organizations now utilize the Baldrige criteria for training, self-assessment,
 and development of business processes.  More than 45 states have award
 programs modeled after the Baldrige.
 
     Premier, Inc., is a leading strategic alliance in U.S. healthcare.
 Premier is entirely owned by more than 200 of the nation's leading hospital
 and healthcare systems.  Aggregately, these systems operate or are affiliated
 with more than 1,800 hospital facilities in 50 states and hundreds of other
 care sites.  Premier provides an array of resources supporting health services
 delivery.  Among these resources are comprehensive supply chain management
 services, including group purchasing for more than $12 billion annually in
 supplies and equipment, with e-commerce enablement by medibuy.com.  Other
 resources offered by Premier are insurance programs, performance improvement
 services of many kinds including healthcare informatics, clinical technology
 services, and physician practice management services.  Premier is
 headquartered in San Diego, Calif., with other major facilities in Chicago,
 Ill., and Charlotte, N.C.  Advocacy and policy offices are located in
 Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit www.premierinc.com.
 
 

SOURCE Premier, Inc.
    WASHINGTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Richard A. Norling, chairman and
 chief executive officer of the national health alliance, Premier, Inc., has
 been named president of the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National
 Quality Award.  The foundation is a non-profit private sector organization
 instrumental in raising contributions to fund the Baldrige Award program,
 overseeing the investment of endowment funds, and approving requirements to
 ensure a successful Award Program.
     Norling was elected to the new post at the annual meeting of the Board of
 Directors, held here last week in conjunction with the presentation of the
 Baldrige awards by President George W. Bush.  As president, Norling succeeds
 Michael B. Wood, M.D., chief executive officer of the Mayo Foundation.  Other
 foundation board officers elected are Richard K. Davidson, chairman and chief
 executive officer of Union Pacific, vice president, and Robert Osterhoff,
 former Xerox director of quality, now retired, treasurer.
     The foundation also elected two new directors to its board: W. Jeff
 Wadsworth, president and chief executive officer of the Nemours Foundation,
 and John A. White, Jr., chancellor of the University of Arkansas.
     "For many years now business companies across America have used the
 strategy of quality management and the criteria of the Malcolm Baldrige
 National Quality Award to achieve extraordinary business results and customer
 relationships," Norling said.  "The Award itself not only recognizes exemplary
 performance but also promotes quality awareness and replication of successful
 quality tactics.  I feel privileged to serve the Foundation which undergirds
 it."
     The Foundation raises funds to permanently endow the Baldrige Award
 program.  Historically, the award program was focused on America's private
 business sector.  In 1998, Congress approved extending the program into the
 education and healthcare sectors, and the Foundation is raising additional
 funding to support that expansion.
     Several of Premier's member hospitals and health systems are among those
 nationwide engaged in performance improvement efforts consistent with Baldrige
 Award criteria, said Norling, who is a former health system leader himself.
 Before joining Premier, he was president and chief executive officer of
 Fairview Hospital and Healthcare System, headquartered in Minneapolis/St. Paul
 and serving the people of Minnesota through an integrated system of hospitals,
 clinics, and other service sites.  Earlier, Norling was executive vice
 president and chief operating officer of UniHealth America, a not-for-profit
 system of hospitals and healthcare organizations headquartered in Burbank,
 Calif.
     Congress created the Baldrige Award, named in memory of the late Secretary
 of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige, in 1987.  As part of its promotion of quality,
 the program establishes guidelines and criteria that organizations use to
 improve their overall performance and competitiveness.  Thousands of
 organizations now utilize the Baldrige criteria for training, self-assessment,
 and development of business processes.  More than 45 states have award
 programs modeled after the Baldrige.
 
     Premier, Inc., is a leading strategic alliance in U.S. healthcare.
 Premier is entirely owned by more than 200 of the nation's leading hospital
 and healthcare systems.  Aggregately, these systems operate or are affiliated
 with more than 1,800 hospital facilities in 50 states and hundreds of other
 care sites.  Premier provides an array of resources supporting health services
 delivery.  Among these resources are comprehensive supply chain management
 services, including group purchasing for more than $12 billion annually in
 supplies and equipment, with e-commerce enablement by medibuy.com.  Other
 resources offered by Premier are insurance programs, performance improvement
 services of many kinds including healthcare informatics, clinical technology
 services, and physician practice management services.  Premier is
 headquartered in San Diego, Calif., with other major facilities in Chicago,
 Ill., and Charlotte, N.C.  Advocacy and policy offices are located in
 Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit www.premierinc.com.
 
 SOURCE  Premier, Inc.