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PEC, Freigh Systems among 17 to earn Governor's Quality awards
PEC, Freigh Systems among 17 to earn Governor's Quality awards

Seventeen organizations from throughout the state were presented Arkansas Governor’s Quality Awards by Governor Mike Beebe during the 18th Annual Awards Celebration for the Governor’s Quality Award Program on Monday, September 24 at the Peabody Hotel Little Rock. Approximately 300 business and civic leaders from throughout Arkansas attended the celebration. AEDC Executive Director Grant Tennille was the guest speaker.

White County Medical Center of Searcy took top honors in receiving the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence.

The Achievement Level Award was presented to: Drew Memorial Hospital, Monticello; Freight Systems, Inc., North Little Rock; Professional Education Center, North Little Rock, and Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, Fayetteville.

Organizations receiving the Commitment Level Award were: Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, Little Rock; DD&F Consulting Group, Little Rock; Mainstream Technologies, Little Rock, and North Hills Life Care and Rehab, Fayetteville.

Organizations receiving the Challenge Level Award were: Cave City Nursing Home, Cave City; Community Development Institute-Central (CDI), Conway; Community Medical Center of Izard County, Calico Rock; Cones Family Medicine Clinic, Little Rock; Gardner Nursing Center, Star City; Heritage Living Nursing Center, Conway; Manila Nursing Center, Manila, and Division of Outreach and Community Engagement, University of Central Arkansas, Conway.

The awards ceremony includes four award levels of Performance Excellence (in descending order of qualifications): the Governor’s Award, the Achievement Award, the Commitment Award and the Challenge Award. As well as the recognition, recipients receive an in-depth evaluation of their management systems and a written feedback report citing strengths and areas for improvement.  Industry-specific seminars were held last year for manufacturing, healthcare and insurance/financial services. 

The goal of the Governor’s Quality Award Program is to encourage Arkansas organizations to engage in continuous quality improvement, which leads to performance excellence, and to provide significant recognition to those organizations. Created as a not-for-profit organization, the program is dedicated to assist in building a strong infrastructure for Arkansas businesses. That dedication is reflected in the program’s vision to be a catalyst for excellence in organizational performance. The Governor’s Quality Award program partners with the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.

The Chairman of the Board of the Governor’s Quality Award program is Bob Kelly, Executive Vice President of Arvest Bank. Organizations and companies interested in participating in the program should contact Governor’s Quality Award Executive Director, Sue Weatter with the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce by calling 501-372-2222 or go to www.arkansas-quality.org.