North Mississippi Health Services of Tupelo was among the four organizations to win a 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson announced today. In 2006, North Mississippi Medical Center, the flagship hospital and referral center in the NMHS system, received a Baldrige award in the health care category. Established by Congress in 1987, the Baldrige award honors outstanding performance in leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus, process management; and results. As part of a new recognition this year, the 25th anniversary of the award, three candidates for the award also were honored for best practices in Baldrige criteria categories. Maury Regional Medical Center of Columbia, TN, was recognized for best practices in strategic planning and workforce focus. The winners will receive their awards at a ceremony next April in Baltimore. To date, 93 organizations - including 16 hospitals and health systems - have received the award. "The AHA congratulates North Mississippi Health Services and Maury Regional Medical Center for their efforts to create healthier communities," said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. "Their ability to engage all stakeholders in the community to improve performance serves as an example for our field as hospitals across the country continuously pursue better outcomes for the patients they serve."