Baldrige Executive Fellows Program Names Kirk Soileau as 2017-2018 Fellow
April 24, 2017
The Baldrige Executive Fellows Program recently announced that Natchitoches Regional Medical Center’s Chief Executive Officer, Kirk Soileau, has been selected to participate in this year’s prestigious Baldrige Executive Fellows Program.
As a Fellow, Soileau joins 15 other executives form various business sectors from across the country who will tour Baldrige Award recipient organizations, meet with leaders of these organizations, and participate in roundtables and discussions and other learning opportunities. The Fellowship runs from April 2017 through April 2018. Soileau recently attended the National Quest Conference in Baltimore which kicks off the yearlong education program. The Fellowship will conclude with a Cap Stone project to benefit NRMC and the Natchitoches community.
“I am honored and excited to be selected for the Fellowship Program. At NRMC, one of our strategic goals is to develop an outstanding culture of innovation and operational excellence,” explained Soileau. “Specifically, we want to be the kind of organization worthy of the Malcolm Baldrige award, because we believe our patients, vendors, Associates, physicians, and community deserve not just good care and services but excellent care built on strong communication, quality measures, leadership, accountability, sustainability, and more. So, to have the opportunity to go behind the scenes, meet one-one-one with leaders of organizations that are Baldrige Award recipients, and to learn from them is truly a gift. We are doing some great things here at NRMC, and this Fellowship will allow us to take our strategies to an even higher level,” Soileau explained.
About the Baldrige Award
In conjunction with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the private sector, the Baldrige Program manages the Baldrige Award, which was named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, and established by Congress in 1987. The Baldrige Award promotes innovation and excellence in organizational performance, recognizes the achievements and results of U.S. organizations, and publicizes successful performance strategies. For information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the Baldrige Excellence Framework, and the Baldrige Award application process, visit https://www.nist.gov/baldrige.
About Baldrige Executive Fellows Program
For more information on the Baldrige Executive Fellows and how to apply, go to https://www.nist.gov/baldrige/products-services/baldrige-executive-fellows-program.
About Natchitoches Regional Medical Center
Natchitoches Regional Medical Center began as a stand-alone community hospital in 1955 and has grown into a 216-bed healthcare system comprised of an acute care facility, skilled nursing home, assisted living complex and an extensive network of clinics throughout the parish. At the heart of the system is the 96-bed regional medical center which employs over 700 Associates. More than 100 active and consulting physicians represent the Medical Staff. NRMC is an affiliate of Christus Health.