March 6, 2012

Southern Wisconsin Center Receives Forward Award for Performance Excellence

MADISON-The Southern Wisconsin Center has received a Wisconsin Forward Award from the Wisconsin Center of Performance Excellence for its performance achievements and work on continuous improvement planning.

The award honored the state facility, which specializes in serving individuals with developmental disabilities, for establishing measurable goals that reflect its mission, vision and values and lead to ongoing improvements that enhance quality of life for residents.

"This award reflects the commitment of staff to improving their ability to carry out the Center's mission, create a quality workplace, face current and future challenges and be a good corporate citizen for Wisconsin communities," said Department of Health Services Secretary Dennis G. Smith.

"We strongly believe we have a responsibility to the people who live and work at Southern Wisconsin Center to continuously improve our services," said Jim Henkes, Southern Wisconsin Center Director.

The Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence supports economic development by helping organizations maximize their efficiency, profitability, quality and sustainability. The Wisconsin Forward Award is modeled on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The facility received the award, along with five other organizations, at a ceremony on February 23rd at the American Family Conference Center in Madison.