Now accepting 2018 nominations & applications. No application fee!
Our prestigious awards recognize hospitals that are top employers of PAs and models for hospitals nationwide. Award benefits include recognition at the national AAPA Conference, a speaking engagement at a CHLM leadership event, and much more.
Employers of Excellence create a positive and supportive work environment for PAs. They encourage collaborative provider teams. And so much more. Sound like your hospital? Submit your application or nominate your employer today!
Our 3-step online application process is easy to complete. All materials are due by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
Complete the employer contact & demographic information.
Submit an essay of no more than 5 pages.
Provide 2 letters of recommendation from PAs who have been employed at your organization for a minimum of two years.
Eligibility & Award Criteria
Any hospital located in the United States and employing PAs is eligible to apply for the Employer of Excellence Awards (except those in which a current member of the AAPA Board of Directors is employed). Hospitals within a health system may apply independently of other hospitals in the same system.
CHLM partnered with HealthStream to better understand what PAs value in their place of employment and identified 5 Key Drivers of PA Retention and Engagement as the criteria for the awards:
- A positive and supportive PA work environment
- Effective conflict management
- PA opportunities to provide meaningful input that leads to positive organizational change
- Communication that keeps PAs informed of organizational activity and decisions
- Leadership efforts to involve PAs in improving the quality of patient care
Learn more about Eligibility and Award Criteria in the Application Guidelines (PDF).
All Employer of Excellence Award winners will be recognized and showcased for their achievement across CHLM and AAPA channels, including a speaking engagement at the 2018 CHLM Executive Leadership Conference and the official award presentation at the national AAPA Conference in New Orleans, La., in May 2018.
Winners also receive an official CHLM Employer of Excellence Awards Communications and Marketing Toolkit for use when publicizing the award on their organization’s channels (i.e., website, social media, newsletter, etc.). A full list of Award Benefits and details about the award presentation can be found in the Application Guidelines (PDF).
Hospitals recognized as Employers of Excellence for their success in creating workplaces with higher engagement and satisfaction will be more likely to:
- enhance recruitment of highly qualified PAs from across the country,
- increase retention rates and reduce turnover rates among PAs,
- serve as a resource in communicating to patients that engaged, involved, and satisfied PAs lead to better patient care and quality outcomes, and,
- be showcased as model PA employers in the healthcare industry, providing opportunities to share their stories of effective team practice and PA-positive work environments.
While there is no minimum requirement, CHLM asks that applicants address in their essay how the organization has instituted programs, procedures or policies that have encouraged the advancement of PAs.
Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
Any hospital located in the United States that employs PAs is eligible to apply for the Employer of Excellence Awards (except those in which a current member of the AAPA Board of Directors is employed).
The $299 application fee will be waived for all applicants of the 2018 Employer of Excellence Awards.
Current PA employees of an organization may nominate their employer.
Winners will be notified by Friday, March 9, 2018.
There are 3 steps to the online application process.
1. Employer contact details and brief demographic information
2. Essay of no more than five pages
3. Two letters of recommendation from PAs who have been employed at your organization for a minimum of two years
All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
No – but we encourage them to nominate their employer. To nominate a hospital, go here.
Yes, you can save your application after step 2 (essay upload) of the application process. You will receive an email with a link back to your application so that letters of recommendation may be added. Once all steps are complete, the application can be submitted.
I don’t think my employer is ready to apply. Is there anything I can do now?
Yes! PAs and NPs can play an important role in advancing their organization’s quality of care and operational efficiency by building a business case to establish the need for change. CHLM offers advisory services that focus on demonstrating opportunities for better PA/NP utilization and enhancing provider satisfaction. To learn more about CHLM’s services, go to our Advisory Services page.