Apex Recognition Award

AARC Apex Recognition Award

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, entry level educational programs, and dedicated transport teams.

The AARC proudly recognizes the following facilities with the 2017–2018 Apex Recognition Award:

Acute Care Facilities
  • Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Piedmont Healthcare-Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, New Jersey
Long-Term Care Facilities
  • LifeCare Hospitals of Chester County, West Chester, Pennsylvania

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, entry level 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

Use these resources to apply for acute care hospital recognition:

Long-Term Care Facility

Use these resources to apply for long-term care facility recognition:

Home Medical Equipment (HME) Company

Use these resources to apply for home health recognition:

Entry Level Educational Program

Use these resources to apply for entry level respiratory care education program recognition:

Dedicated Transport Team

Use these resources to apply for dedicated transport team recognition:

Recognition Process

  1. Submit your online application with $250 application fee when the application periods open.
  2. An external reviewer with experience in your category of recognition will review your application.
  3. The reviewer submits their recommendation to the AARC. If further documentation is required, the applicant will be contacted by the AARC.
  4. Upon approval, your organization is provided with a certificate of recognition, a press release template, and permission to use the AARC Apex Recognition Award logo on your organization’s website and social media outlets to promote the achievement.

Apex Recognition Award Deadlines and Details

The 2018 application period will open on Oct. 1, 2018 and will close on Dec. 31, 2018. All applicants will be notified of their application status in early January 2019. If awarded, the recognition period will be valid from January 2019–December 2020.

Need Help?

If you have questions about the recognition process or award, please contact the AARC at:

9425 N. MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100
Irving, TX 75063

(972) 243-2272