2018 award applications are now closed. Winners will be announced in May at AAPA 2018.
Our prestigious awards recognize hospitals and health systems that are top employers of PAs and models for healthcare organizations 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 organization? Submit your application or nominate your employer today!
Eligibility & Award Criteria
Any hospital or health system located in the United States and employing PAs is eligible to apply for the Employer of Excellence Awards.
There are two categories of awards: 1) hospitals and 2) health systems. Each category will be judged by the same criteria, however, independently of the other category.
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 and health systems 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 for the 2019 Employer of Excellence Awards will open in Fall 2018.
Any hospital or health system located in the United States that employs PAs is eligible to apply for the Employer of Excellence Awards.
There are two categories of awardees: hospitals and health systems.
Individual hospitals and health systems are two very different types of organizations. To ensure equitability in judging, we want to ensure each is considered separately.
An independent Review Committee made up of PAs, AAPA and CHLM staff, and others will review each application using the same criteria. However, applicants within each category (hospital or health system) will be considered independently of the other category. Each application review will be blind; that is, organization names will be hidden from the Review Committee. Committee members are not eligible to nominate the organization at which they are currently employed. Further, colleagues of committee members are not eligible to nominate their employer or apply for an Employer of Excellence award. “Colleague” is defined as any person employed by the same hospital or health system as the committee member, regardless of location.
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 23, 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, February 28, 2018.
No – but we encourage them to nominate their employer.
Yes, you can save your application after Step 1 (contact and demographic information) of the application process. You will receive an email with a link back to your application so that the essay and 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.