2019-20 Employer of Excellence Awards

Applications Closed for 2019-20 Awards

Thank you for your nominations and applications. Winners will be notified in March and recognized at AAPA 2019 in Denver.

PAs will be able to nominate their employers for a 2020-21 CHLM Employer of Excellence Award beginning in Fall 2019. Check out the eligibility requirements and application process below and start gathering your materials now!

Want to learn what makes an organization a top PA employer? Keep scrolling to get to know the 2018-19 winners.


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).

Winning an Award

All Employer of Excellence Award 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 Denver, CO, May 18-22, 2019.

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.


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 are applications due and when will we be notified of the committee’s decision?

Applications for the 2019-20 Employer of Excellence Awards will be open from November 1, 2018 to February 8, 2019. All applicants will be notified of the Review Committee’s decision by mid-March, 2019.

Who’s eligible?

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

Can PAs apply on behalf of their employer?

No – but we encourage them to nominate their employer.

How much does it cost to apply?

There is no application fee.

Who can nominate an Employer of Excellence?

Current PA employees of an organization may nominate their employer.

What’s the application process?

There are 3 steps to the online application process.

  1. Complete the employer contact details, demographic information, and organizational questions
  2. Submit an essay of no more than five pages, double-spaced (OPTIONAL: up to three documents may be included as a means of providing additional details or evidence to support the essay)
  3. Include two letters of recommendation from PAs who have been employed at the organization for a minimum of two years
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.

Can I save my application and return later?

Yes, you can save your application after each step of the application process. You will receive an email with a link back to your application so that it may be completed. Once all steps are complete, the application can be submitted.

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

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

Congratulations to the 2018-19 CHLM Employers of Excellence! 


Eight hospitals and health systems were selected as CHLM’s inaugural Employers of Excellence and 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.

Get to know our 2018-19 winners!