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To recognize those who have gone above and beyond, AAOE created the annual Awards of Excellence program. Now in the fourth year and with the addition of several new categories, the Awards of Excellence are presented to deserving individuals and practices that embody the best in our industry.

All AAOE members were invited to nominate peers or colleagues. The 2017 winners were recognized during the AAOE 2017 Annual Conference in Indianapolis. Click here to view the blog post announcing the winners.

 

Award Categories

Volunteer of the Year

AAOE would not be the organization it is today without the efforts of many member volunteers. This award recognizes an AAOE member who has made exceptional contributions in a voluntary capacity to support the organization’s goals.

Criteria:

  • Must be an AAOE member in good standing.
  • Specific contributions must have been performed during the January 1 – December 31, 2016, time period.
  • AAOE Board members are not eligible.

 

Practice Executive of the Year

Strong leadership is vital to both the short-term and the long-term success of a practice. This award recognizes the commitment of an AAOE member who, as the lead staff person or executive, has consistently gone above and beyond at his or her practice. The award is granted based on the recipient’s ability to motivate others, stimulate positive activity, and serve as a catalyst for exceptional results.

Criteria:

  • Must be an AAOE member in good standing. 
  •  Actively involved in a full-time position as the chief staff executive person for his or her practice/organization.
  • Contributions must have been made during the January 1 – December 31, 2016, time period.
  • AAOE Board Members are not eligible.

 

Practice Professional of the Year

Because individuals in many positions and levels within a practice can positively affect the organization, this award recognizes an AAOE member who is employed in a full-time position as a staff member (not CEO) of a practice or organization. This person is dedicated to the mission and vision of the practice/organization and has made significant contributions.

Criteria:

  • Must be an AAOE member in good standing. 
  •  Actively involved in a full-time position as a professional (not CEO) for his or her practice/organization.
  • Contributions must have been made during the January 1 – December 31, 2016, time period.
  • AAOE Board members are not eligible.

 

Rising Star

Encouragement and support of staff in their career development will ensure the practice management profession remains on solid footing. This award recognizes the contribution and innovation of an AAOE member who is newer to orthopaedic practice management (1-3 years’ experience). This person is dedicated to the mission and vision of his or her employer and has shown significant contributions to the practice/organization. 

Criteria:

  • Must be an AAOE member in good standing. 
  •  Actively involved in a full-time position as a professional (not CEO) for his or her practice/organization.
  • 1-3 years’ experience in orthopaedic practice management.
  • Contributions must have been made during the January 1 – December 31, 2016, time period.
  • AAOE Board members are not eligible.

 

Innovation Award

Today, more than ever, innovation is a must for survival and long-term success in health care. Those who are able to identify opportunities, think creatively, solve problems, and take risks will elevate orthopaedic care. This award recognizes an individual, orthopaedic or subspecialty practice, or a hospital department that has developed an innovative solution to improve delivery of care, patient satisfaction, or physician/employee satisfaction, and can be replicated to benefit the entire orthopaedic community.

Criteria:

  • Must be an AAOE member in good standing or a practice/organization of an AAOE member in good standing. 
  •  The program of care or service demonstrates innovation in workforce development, policies, and practice.
  • Contributions must have been made during the January 1 – December 31, 2016, time period.

 

Excellence in Service

The practices/organizations of many AAOE members focus company resources to continuously improve quality of service. This award recognizes a practice/employer of an AAOE member for the organization's programs and services that are models of excellence, contributing significantly to the quality of service to their patients, their community, and/or the employees’ quality of work life. 

Criteria:

  • A practice/organization of an AAOE member in good standing.

  •  Services must have been executed during the January 1 - December 31, 2016, time period.

 

Listserv Champion

The AAOE listserv is a tool for members to communicate directly with peers, sharing experience and information to make each person and the industry better. This award recognizes an AAOE member who has consistently contributed on the AAOE listserv, providing valuable information in a positive and knowledgeable manner that benefits other members while supporting the AAOE mission and values.

Criteria: 

  • Must be an AAOE member in good standing.

  •  Contributions must have been made during January 1 – December 31, 2016, time period.

  • AAOE Board members are not eligible.

  

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