26 Organizations Achieve Excellence in Respiratory Care

 Published: January 7, 2021

By: Heather Willden


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AARC Announces Recipients of Distinguished Apex Recognition Award

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) has named 24 organizations from across the U.S. as recipients of the 2021-2022 Apex Recognition Award. These award recipients demonstrate best practices in the profession and promote patient safety by providing access to respiratory therapists to deliver their care.

Award Winners:

Acute Care Hospital Category

  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • CHOC Children’s Hospital
  • ChristianaCare
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center
  • Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
  • North Shore University Hospital
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Valley Hospital
  • WellSpan Health York Hospital
  • WellStar Enterprise Support Team West

Educational Program

  • Boise State University, program # 520007
  • Georgia State University, program #200162
  • Loma Linda University, program #200161
  • Rush University, program #220572
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University, program #200066
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, program #200176
  • University of Missouri, programs #200033 and #300006
  • West Chester University/Bryn Mawr Hospital, program #200313

Long Term Care Facility

  • Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center/Rutland Nursing Home

Dedicated Transport Teams

  • MedCenter Air
  • University Hospital

– 100% AARC Membership
– 100% RRT Credential
– 100% Master’s Degree or Higher

The AARC Apex Recognition Award was developed in 2017 as a way for the AARC Board of Directors to recognize respiratory care departments that exhibit high quality patient care.

“Respiratory care departments everywhere are coming off a hard year. Their skills and stamina have been tested like never before. As a vital component to a patient’s care team, respiratory therapists work hard each day to deliver quality patient care,” said Sheri Tooley, BSRT, RRT, RRT-NPS, AE-C, CPFT, FAARC, AARC President. “These teams reach high standards and bring specialized skills, unique to respiratory care departments. We are thrilled to honor these organizations as Apex Recognition Award recipients.”

The AARC is dedicated to supporting the respiratory care profession. The award program distinguishes facilities for their commitment to excellence in professional development, evidence-based care, patient safety, patient satisfaction and quality improvement. The Apex Recognition Award includes five categories for recognition: acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, home medical equipment (HME) companies, educational programs, and dedicated transport teams.

Email newsroom@aarc.org with questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you.

Heather Willden

Heather Willden is the Director of Governance and Strategic Initiatives for the AARC where she works with state affiliates as the HOD liaison. She also manages DEI efforts and strategic initiatives. Connect with her about these topics by email, AARConnect or LinkedIn. When she's not working, you can find her podcasting with her husband, exploring new hiking trails, photographing, and spending time with her family.

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