LITTLE ROCK – Allen Engineering of Paragould was one of 20 organizations to receive an Arkansas Governor’s Quality Award during the 25th Annual Awards Celebration Thursday evening, Sept. 12 at the Marriott Ballroom.
More than 300 business and civic leaders from throughout Arkansas attended the celebration where Gov. Asa Hutchinson presented the awards. Allen Engineering received the highest-level award presented this year—the Achievement level award. The awards process includes four award levels with the highest-level Governor’s Award for Performance, followed by the Achievement, Commitment and Challenge Award levels. Seven organizations received the Commitment level and 12 organizations received the Challenge level. (See list below.)
Organizations self-assess and carefully review the award-level requirements before deciding at which level to apply. In addition to the award recognition, the greatest value for program participants is the in-depth evaluation and written feedback report citing strengths and areas for improvement. Only 26 Arkansas organizations have ever received the highest-level Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence.
The goal of the program is to encourage Arkansas organizations to engage in continuous quality improvement, which leads to performance excellence. Created as a not-for-profit organization, the program is dedicated to assist in building a strong infrastructure for Arkansas businesses. The award process aligns with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality award and uses the Baldrige Excellence Framework.
The Governor’s Quality Award program is coordinated by the Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.
2019 Commitment Level Recipients
Mercy Crest Assisted Living, Barling; Northwest Health, Springdale; Russellville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Russellville; Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Russellville; Southridge Village Nursing and Rehab, Heber Springs; Welspun Pipes, Inc., Little Rock; and Window Mart, Inc., Royal
2019 Challenge Level Recipients
Arkansas Department of Transportation, Little Rock; Arkansas State Veterans Home, North Little Rock; Avenir Memory Care at Fayetteville; Avenir Memory Care at Little Rock; Dierks Health & Rehab, Dierks; Gassville Therapy and Living, Gassville; Home Instead Senior Care of Northwest Arkansas, Rogers; Hope’s Creek Assisted Living, Van Buren; Lee County Cooperative Clinic, Marianna; Lennox Commercial Industries, Stuttgart; Team CPR, Inc., Little Rock; and The Greenhouse Cottages of Poplar Grove, Little Rock.