The AARC Apex Recognition Award is a recognition program for respiratory care departments in acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, home medical equipment (HME) companies, educational programs, and dedicated transport teams.
The AARC proudly recognizes the following facilities with the 2021–2022 Apex Recognition Award:
Acute Care Hospital Category
Long Term Care Facility
- Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center/Rutland Nursing Home
Dedicated Transport Teams
- MedCenter Air★
- University Hospital★
★ — 100% AARC Membership
★ — 100% RRT Credential
★ — 100% Master’s Degree or Higher
AARC developed the Apex Recognition Award to recognize the significant contribution of respiratory therapists and highlight best practices in respiratory care that are aligned with evidence-based medicine. This program will also help consumers choose healthcare facilities that promote patient safety by providing access to respiratory therapists to deliver their care.
Benefits of Recognition
Earning the Apex Recognition Award distinguishes your facility by demonstrating that it has a commitment to excellence in professional development, evidence-based care, and patient safety as well as patient satisfaction and quality improvement. Plus, it showcases the value of respiratory therapists to your organization and community.
Categories of Recognition
There are five categories for recognition: acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, home medical equipment (HME) companies, educational programs, and dedicated transport teams. Detailed explanations of the standards and a list of required documentation for each category are provided in the “Standards and Documentation” files below.
Acute Care Hospital
Long-Term Care Facility
Home Medical Equipment (HME) Company
Dedicated Transport Team
Apex Recognition Award Deadlines and Details
The Apex Award deadline has been extended to Dec. 15, 2022 during the RSV surge.
The application period opened on Sept. 1, 2022. The closing has been extended from Nov. 30, 2022 to Dec. 15, 2022. All applicants will be notified of their application status in mid-January 2023. If awarded, the recognition period will be valid for a two-year period from January 2023–December 2024.
If you have questions about the recognition process or award, please complete the form below and a member of the APEX Committee will contact you:
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