Battelle's Kelly Ward Appointed Examiner for 2009 Ohio Partnership for Excellence Posted on Jan 20, 2009 Battelle Loading Social Share Tool... COLUMBUS, OH. 20 January, 2009—Kelly Ward of Battelle has been appointed by Dr. Elaine Edgar, Executive Director of the Ohio Partnership for Excellence (OPE), to the 2009 Board of Examiners for the Ohio Award for Excellence. The Award is modeled after the Baldrige National Quality Award and is the highest level of recognition for performance excellence that an Ohio organization can receive. As an examiner, Ward is responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the award. The board is composed of more than 90 leading professionals selected from industry, professional and trade organizations, education, health care organizations and government. Those selected meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition. All members of the board must take part in an Ohio preparation course based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and the scoring and evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award. The Ohio Partnership for Excellence offers four award levels, Platinum (or Governor’s Award), Gold, Silver and Bronze, recognizing the status of an organization in achieving excellence as benchmarked against the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Gold Level - Achievement of Excellence Award recipients for 2008 were Eaton North American Financial Services in Brook Park, Flower Hospital in Toledo, and Metropolitan Park District of the Toledo Area in Toledo. Information about the Ohio Award for Excellence and the application process is available on the Ohio Partnership for Excellence website. About Battelle As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom. Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Media Contacts For more information contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or email@example.com.