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, educational programs, and dedicated transport teams.

The AARC proudly recognizes the following facilities with the 2021–2022 Apex Recognition Award:

Acute Care Hospital Category
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • CHOC Children’s Hospital
  • ChristianaCare
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
  • North Shore University Hospital
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Valley Hospital
  • WellSpan Health York Hospital
  • WellStar Enterprise Support Team West
Educational Program
  • Boise State University, program # 520007
  • Georgia State University, program #200162
  • Loma Linda University, program #200161
  • Rush University, program #220572
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University, program #200066
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, program #200176
  • University of Missouri, programs #200033 and #300006
  • West Chester University/Bryn Mawr Hospital, program #200313
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

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:

Educational Program

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

Dedicated Transport Team

Use these resources to apply for dedicated transport team recognition:

Application Process

  1. Submit your online application with $250 application fee using the appropriate “Apply online” link above.
  2. Once your payment has been processed you will be contacted within 2 business days with further instructions. If you do not receive an email within 2 business days, please email Ellen Worsham.
  3. One or more members of the AARC APEX Committee with experience in your category of recognition will review your application.
  4. The reviewer(s) submit recommendation to the committee. If further documentation is required, the applicant will be contacted by the committee.
  5. 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 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.

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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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