(EFFINGHAM, IL) – HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital and the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce are partnering on a new event that will allow area businesses on similar quality journeys to learn from leaders who are advanced in their excellence journey, while also offering the opportunity to share their own innovations.
The “Journey to Excellence” Conference and Business Showcase will be held Wednesday, April 17 at the Keller Convention Center. The conference will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m., with the business showcase and reception starting at 4:30 p.m., where attendees can network with other businesses and learn about their innovations.
At this free conference, attendees will learn strategies for continuous improvement, tips for process planning and the leadership skills to get there. The keynote speaker is Cary Hill, CEO of MESA, a leading provider of corrosion control and pipeline integrity solutions for the nation’s energy pipeline and storage infrastructure. In that role, Hill supports the 250 members of the MESA Family across the country who strive daily to provide its customers with world-class SAFETY, an exceptional customer experience and world-class performance. MESA is a two-time recipient of the Baldrige Award (2012 and 2006), the nation’s highest honor for organizational performance excellence. Hill also serves his home state of Oklahoma as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Quality Foundation, which is a catalyst for building better organizations across the state using the Baldrige Framework.
Other speakers who will share about their organization’s excellence journey are:

  • Theresa Rutherford, president and CEO of HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital

  • Ben Krupowicz, executive director of Illinois Performance Excellence

  • Bill Teichmiller, CEO of EJ Water Cooperative

  • Mark Probst, owner of Probst Auto Body

Theresa Rutherford shared the purpose behind the event and why someone should consider attending this conference. “No matter what career you are in, we all strive for excellence. Our goal with this event is not only to provide businesses a chance to hear from a national Baldrige Award winner but also to discover what we can learn from each other,” she said. “This event is for anyone to attend – whether their organization is early in their excellence journey and they have new leaders who want to learn more about process improvement, or if their business is more advanced in their journey and are looking for inspiration to take their business to the next level – we can all learn from each other.”
President and CEO of Effingham County Chamber of Commerce Norma Lansing explained why this collaborative conference is important for this area. “When I attend Chamber of Commerce conferences in other communities, I always learn something that I can bring back and incorporate into our processes that can help us improve,” she said. “Our community has so many great organizations that this conference and showcase offers an excellent opportunity for these organizations to share what they have initiated that has worked in their organizations that others can learn from and grow.”
The conference will conclude with a business showcase and reception starting at 4:30 p.m. Area organizations who would like to showcase their business’s journey to excellence are invited to participate by having a table at the event, at no cost, where can highlight include innovations, processes, awards or their exemplary products or services.
To find out more information or to register for the conference, visit HSHS St. Anthony’s web site at stanthonyshospital.org/excellence-event or the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce’s web site at effinghamcountychamber.com. Businesses who would like to participate in the Business Showcase should contact St. Anthony’s Communications Manager Ashley Buehnerkemper at Ashley.Buehnerkemper@hshs.org or call 217-347-6105.

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