Congratulations to the 2018-19 CHLM Employers of Excellence!

These hospitals and health systems are role models for employers nationwide. CHLM is proud of the work the winners are doing to empower PAs, support their professional development, and facilitate effective collaboration among all providers.

Sound like your organization? Apply or nominate your employer this fall!
Applications open in Fall 2018 for the 2019-20 cycle. 

What Makes an Employer Excellent?

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.

Award Criteria

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:

  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).

Award Benefits

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).

Additional Benefits

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.


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 essay how the organization has instituted programs, procedures or policies that have encouraged the advancement of PAs.

When is the next application period?

Applications for the 2019 Employer of Excellence Awards will open in Fall 2018.

Who’s eligible?

Any hospital or health system located in the United States that employs PAs is eligible to apply for the Employer of Excellence Awards.

How many categories of awardees are there?

There are two categories of awardees: hospitals and health systems.

Why are hospitals and health systems categorized and judged separately?

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.

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. 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.

How much does it cost to apply?

The $299 application fee will be waived for all applicants of the 2018 Employer of Excellence Awards.

Who can nominate an Employer of Excellence?

Current PA employees of an organization may nominate their employer.

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

Winners will be notified by the end of March 2018.

What’s the application process?

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.

Can PAs apply on behalf of their employer?

No – but we encourage them to nominate their employer.

Can I save my application and return later?

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?

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.

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

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