NHC’s Maria Wong named Champion of Excellence Award Winner

NHC's Maria Wong celebrates her 2013 Champion of Excellence Award from the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence. Also pictured, from left to right: TNCPE President & CEO Katie Rawls, 2012 award winner Dr. David Fleming, Director of Family Services for Knoxville-based Caris Healthcare, and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.

For release: February 15, 2013
Contact: Gerald Coggin, Sr. VP of Corporate Relations
Phone: (615) 890-2020

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — National Healthcare Corp’s Maria Wong has been named the 2013 Champion of Excellence Award winner by The Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.

The TNCPE presents the award annually to recognize the accomplishments of an individual who has been a role model in the pursuit of performance excellence within his or her organization.

“Maria believes whole-heartedly that making lives better is the number one priority for hers—and any—health care organization,” said TNCPE President and CEO Katie Rawls in a news release. “She has encouraged NHC Healthcare’s continuous improvement throughout the region and is always willing to work tirelessly in order to further quality and patient satisfaction.”

NHC Senior Vice President Gerald Coggin echoed the praise today: “Maria Wong has been a role model in the pursuit of performance excellence with NHC,” Coggin said. “We are extremely pleased that TNCPE recognizes what so many of Maria’s patients and partners already know that she has the heart and skill of a champion.”

Wong has helped lead the NHC South Central Region’s improvement efforts throughout its 15 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers. She has served on the TNCPE Board of Examiners and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners. Thirteen NHC Health Care sites and 32 other organizations representing all industry sectors, participated in the TNCPE program over the past year and were recognized by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey at the 20th Anniversary Excellence in Tennessee Awards Banquet in Franklin on February 20th.

The TNCPE news release is online at TNCPE.org.