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August 8, 2012 (La Mesa) – Michael Murphy, MD, JD, Chief Medical Officer, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, has been appointed to the Board of Examiners for the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Dr. Murphy’s appointment was made by Patrick Gallagher, Ph.D., Director of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Baldrige Award is the nation’s highest Presidential honor for quality and performance excellence that an organization can receive. Sharp HealthCare was recognized by Baldrige in 2007.

As an Examiner, Dr. Murphy will review and evaluate applications submitted to receive the Baldrige Award. The Board of Examiners is composed of approximately 500 leading experts selected from industry, professional and trade organizations, education and health care organizations, and nonprofits (including government).
Those selected to serve on the board must meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition.  All members of the board must take part in a preparation course based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and the scoring and evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award.
The Baldrige Award recognizes organizations that serve as role models for driving the global economy while demonstrating excellence in the categories of leadership, strategic-planning, customer service, performance results, operations, workforce focused and measurement, analysis and knowledge management. Over the course of the Malcolm Baldrige Award Program, 90 various organizations from the fields of education, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofit service, and small business have been honored.
About Sharp Grossmont Hospital:
Sharp Grossmont Hospital has been serving the East County community for more than 50 years.  It is the largest not-for-profit, full-service acute care hospital in San Diego’s East County and is part of Sharp HealthCare which recently received the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence. The hospital is known for its clinical excellence in emergency and critical care; cardiac care; surgery; stroke care; orthopedics; rehabilitation; behavioral health; women’s and children’s health; and hospice care. The hospital also offers extensive outpatient services and prevention programs such as home infusion, sleep disorder care, wound care and hyperbaric medicine to support Sharp HealthCare’s emphasis on community health and wellness. Sharp Grossmont Hospital is a Magnet-designated hospital and committed to providing the highest quality care. To learn more about Sharp Grossmont Hospital, visit or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277).

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