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 2019-2020 Apex Recognition Award:
Acute Care Hospital Category
- Anne Arundel Medical Center
- Arkansas Children’s Hospital
- CHOC Children’s Hospital
- Christiana Care Health System
- Jersey Shore University Medical Center
- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania ★
- North Shore University Hospital ★
- New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital ★ ★
- Piedmont Atlanta
- Rush University Medical Center
- Valley Hospital
- WellSpan York Hospital
- Georgia State University ★
- Rush University ★
- SUNY Upstate Medical University ★
Long Term Care Facility
- LifeCare Hospitals of Chester County
★ – 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 2020 application period will open on Sept. 1, 2020 and will close on Nov. 30, 2020. All applicants will be notified of their application status in early January 2021. If awarded, the recognition period will be valid for a two-year period from January 2021–December 2022.
If you have questions about the recognition process or award, please contact the AARC at:AARC
9425 N. MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100
Irving, TX 75063