August 15, 2018

The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named Christopher E. Laxton, CAE, executive director of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, to the Board of Examiners for the 2018 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Laxton, a career association professional with 35 years of experience in health care nonprofit leadership, has been the Society’s leader since February 2013.

The Baldrige Award is the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence. Examiners are appointed by the NIST director and are responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the Baldrige Award, as well as other assessment-related tasks. The examiner board is composed of more than 300 leading experts competitively selected from industry, professional, trade, education, health care, and nonprofit (including government) organizations from across the United States.

Those selected meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition, demonstrating competencies related to customer focus, communication, ethics, action orientation, team building, and analytical skills. All members of the board must take part in a nationally ranked leadership development course based on the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence and the scoring/evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award. They must also complete an independent review of a Baldrige Award application or other comparable examiner task.

“The Society and its members place a premium on organizational excellence and innovation in the post-acute and long-term care setting—as most recently witnessed by our Shark Tank Competition and new Innovations Portal,” Laxton says. “It is very gratifying to be able to participate in a presidential-level award program that is focused on performance excellence and innovation.”

Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, the Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987. Awards may be given annually to organizations in each of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care, and nonprofit. The award promotes innovation and excellence in organizational performance, recognizes the achievements and results of U.S. organizations, and publicizes successful performance strategies. NIST manages the Baldrige Award in close conjunction with the private sector.


About the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is the only medical specialty society representing the community of over 50,000 medical directors, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other practitioners working in the various post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) settings. Dedicated to defining and improving quality, we advance our mission through timely professional development, evidence-based clinical guidance, and tireless advocacy on behalf of members, patients, families, and staff. Visit for more information.