Grundy County Health Department Receives Tennessee Center For Performance Excellence Interest Recognition

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Grundy County Health Department has earned Interest Level Recognition in the annual Excellence in Tennessee recognition program administered by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE). TNCPE is the only state-wide quality program and is patterned on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the national standard for recognizing organizational excellence.  The Grundy County Health Department accepted the award at the 21st annual Excellence in Tennessee Awards Banquet on February 19. 

According to Glenn Czarnecki, Regional Director for the Southeast Region of the Tennessee Department of Health, “In Grundy County we suspected that we had many of the pieces already in place to be successful in performance excellence.  The Baldrige criteria help us pull all those pieces together to create that picture of excellence and help us clearly see where more work is needed.” 

The Grundy County Health Department is a local county health department providing public health services.

Through an annual evaluation and assessment process, TNCPE recognizes high-performance organizations that exhibit continuous improvement and best practice processes. This year, TNCPE has named 39 organizations as 2013 Award winners. They represent outstanding achievement in the following industry sectors: health care, manufacturing, service, education, government and nonprofit.

“Groups trying to improve understand that being successful takes effort from each employee and a shared commitment to quality and achievement, and organizations like Grundy County Health Department play a critical role in making Tennessee a better place to live, work and raise a family,” said Governor Bill Haslam.

Organizations like Grundy County Health Department apply to the TNCPE program at one of four levels. As the levels increase, so does the depth and complexity of the application, which is based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Since the program was founded in 1993, only 22 organizations have attained the excellence designation. Mountain States Health Alliance will receive the Excellence Award this year; six organizations will be honored with the Achievement Award; 18 organizations will receive a Commitment Award; and 14 will receive Interest Recognition.

“This program helps organizations look at the big picture. But it’s not easy—if it were, every organization in the state would be participating,” said TNCPE President Katie Rawls. “Organizations like Grundy County Health Department are truly passionate about performance excellence and have chosen TNCPE and the Baldrige framework to help them become the best-run organization they can be.” 


Lantern Residents Celebrate "Make A Difference In Children" Week

The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer's Center of Excellence, Collegedale celebrated "Make a Difference in Children Week," inviting local home-schooled children and their own great-grandchildren to create their very own lollipops.   The children even got a surprise science lesson as they witnessed a cool dry ice exhibit.   As part of the Meaningful Day program, ... (click for more)

Morning Pointe Residents Create Floral Arrangements For Salvation Army

Morning Pointe of Chattanooga at Shallowford residents created dozens of beautiful floral arrangements on the Chattanooga Salvation Army's "Flowers of Hope Day." As part of the Life Enrichment Program, the assisted living community embraces acts of kindness through its partnerships with local nonprofit organizations, spreading goodwill to everyone they meet.  ... (click for more)

$30 Million Development Planned At King And South Market; Will Include Hotel, Condos, Offices, Retail, Possible Restaurant

A new $30 million development is planned for the Southside at King Street and South Market. Nick Wilkinson, city deputy director for economic development, said it will include a hotel, condos, offices, retail and possibly a restaurant. It could also include some light industry. A storage building and a parking lot are now at the site. He said the developers plan to reuse ... (click for more)

Investor In Scheme Says Dyer Made Contacts At Quarterback Club

One of the investors who was a loser in an investment scheme recently halted by the Securities and Exchange Commission said one of the Chattanooga brokers involved made many of his contacts through the Chattanooga Quarterback Club. Paul Smith, former Hamilton County Democratic Party chairman, said Doug Dyer has been the president for many years of the club that promotes UTC and ... (click for more)

Expand Broadband Internet, Not The Size Of Government

I’d like to respond to two letters in your July 13 edition that praised Rep. Mike Carter’s efforts to expand statewide broadband access. Rep. Carter wants more government involvement in the broadband sector, including an expansion of taxpayer-funded, municipal broadband networks.  Rep. Carter’s supporters argued he’s standing up for consumers against huge telecommunications ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Keep Mike Carter’s Genius

Mike Carter, who has just been chosen as the “Best Overall” member of the Tennessee Legislature by a group known as the Tennessee Forum and “Legislator of the Year” by Citizens for Home Rule, is truly both. A lawyer and then a Sessions Court judge for 8 ½ years, he is overwhelmingly favored to win a third term during next Thursday’s election and rightly so. While it is laudable ... (click for more)