Employer of Excellence
Applications Are Now Open!

The prestigious Employer of Excellence awards recognize organizations that are top employers of PAs. Award benefits include recognition at the national AAPA Conference, discounted advertisement on AAPA’s job board, and much more.

Does your organization create a positive and supportive work environment for PAs? Submit your application or nominate your employer today!

2018-2019 Employer of Excellence Award Winners: Please complete the Returning Awardee Application.

Download The Application Guidelines (PDF)

Eligibility

Any organization located in the United States employing 10 or more PAs is eligible to apply for the Employer of Excellence Awards.

Award Criteria

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:

  1. A positive and supportive PA work environment
  2. Effective conflict management
  3. PA opportunities to provide meaningful input that leads to positive organizational change
  4. Communication that keeps PAs informed of organizational activity and decisions
  5. Leadership efforts to involve PAs in improving the quality of patient care

Learn more about Eligibility and Award Criteria in the Application Guidelines (PDF).

How to Apply

The online application for the 2020-21 EOE Awards opens Friday, November 1, 2019. All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, February 7, 2020.

If you are a new applicant or previous applicant who was not selected, please apply using the New Awardee Application.

If your organization received a 2018-19 EOE award, you may apply to maintain your status using the abbreviated Returning Awardee Application.

 

New Applicants

First-time applicants and organizations that previously applied but were not selected to become EOE awardees must complete the three-step CHLM Employer of Excellence New Awardee Application.

 

Returning Awardees

Organizations that received a 2018-19 Employer of Excellence award are now able to reapply to maintain their status as an awardee after the initial two-year time period using the abbreviated two-step Returning Awardee Application. If approved, this designation will be valid for an additional two years. After that time, Returning Awardees may reapply every two years using the abbreviated application.

First-time applicants and organizations that previously applied but were not selected to become EOE awardees are not eligible to use this abbreviated application and must complete the CHLM Employer of Excellence New Awardee Application.

Winning an Award

The Employer of Excellence Award is a two-year designation.

All winners will be recognized and showcased for their achievement across CHLM and AAPA channels, including the official award presentation at the national AAPA Conference in Nashville, TN, May 16-20, 2020.

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).

Additional Benefits

Organizations recognized as Employers of Excellence for their success in creating workplaces with high PA engagement and satisfaction will be more likely to benefit from:

  • enhanced recruitment of highly qualified PAs from across the country
  • increased retention rates and reduced turnover rates among PAs
  • serving as a resource in communicating to patients that engaged, involved, and satisfied PAs lead to better patient care and quality outcomes
  • being showcased as model PA employers in the healthcare industry, providing opportunities to share their stories of effective team practice and PA-positive work environments.

The Perks of Being an Employer of Excellence

In their own words, healthcare employers from across the country share how being selected as a CHLM Employer of Excellence benefits their organizations.

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FAQs

How many of the 5 Key Drivers of PA Retention and Engagement do I need to qualify for?

While there is no minimum requirement, CHLM asks that applicants address in their application how the organization has instituted programs, procedures or policies that have encouraged the advancement of PAs. To remain competitive, applicants are strongly encouraged to address as many of the key drivers as possible.

When is the application deadline?

Applications and supporting documentation must be suvmitted by 11:59 p.m., EST, Friday, February 7, 2020.

Who’s eligible?

Any employer located in the United States that employs 10 or more PAs is eligible to apply for the Employer of Excellence Awards.

Who can nominate an Employer of Excellence?

Current PA employees of an organization may nominate their employer in order to notify members of their leadership team to begin the application process.

Note: a nomination is not required to apply.

How much does it cost to apply?

There is no application fee.

How can I apply?

There are two ways an organization can apply:

(See Application Requirements above)

All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, February 7, 2020.

My organization applied last year but was not selected. Which application do I use?

First-time applicants and organizations that previously applied but were not selected to become EOE awardees must complete the New Awardee Application.

My organization won an EOE award last year. Which application do I use?

Organizations that received a 2018-19 Employer of Excellence award are now able to reapply to maintain their status as an awardee after the initial two-year time period using the abbreviated Returning Awardee Application. If approved, this designation will be valid for two years. After that time, Returning Awardees may reapply every two years using the abbreviated application.

Can I save my application and return later?

The application may be saved after each step is completed. Upon exiting the platform, a link will be emailed to applicants so that they may return and complete the submission process before the deadline.

Who reviews the applications?

An independent Review Committee made up of PAs, AAPA and CHLM staff, and others will review each application using the same criteria. Each application review will be blind; that is, organization names and location references 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.

When will I be notified if I’m a winner?

All applicants will be notified of the Review Committee’s decision by mid-March 2020.

I don’t see my question here. Whom do I contact?

We are happy to answer your questions at eoe@chlm.org.