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Nominations for 2019 Awards of Excellence open now through January 11!

 

This year's categories include (click the links to learn more about each award and its criteria):

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Learn more about the 2018 award winners who were announced during the AAOE 2018 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, April 14-17. And check out their feature in Becker's Spine Review!

 

 

AAOE's 2019 Awards of Excellence program sponsored by:

 

 

 

 

 

Individual Awards

Collaborate Champion

AAOE Collaborate 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 Collaborate and been highly visible on the platform, 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.
  • Member may self-nominate.
  • Members of the AAOE Board of Directors are not eligible.
  • Activity supporting the nomination must have occurred during the time period of January 1 – December 31, 2018.

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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.
  • Member may self-nominate.
  • Members of the AAOE Board of Directors are not eligible.
  • Activity supporting the nomination must have occurred during the time period of January 1 – December 31, 2018.

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Rising Star of the Year

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 of 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:

  • Actively involved in a full-time position as a professional for his or her practice/employer.
  • 1-3 years of experience in orthopaedic practice management.
  • Must be an AAOE member in good standing. 
  • Member may self-nominate.
  • Staff of a member may nominate member.
  • Members of the AAOE Board of Directors are not eligible.
  • Activity supporting the nomination must have occurred during the time period of January 1 – December 31, 2018.

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Practice Professional of the Year

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 the lead staff person or executive) of a practice or organization. This person is dedicated to the mission and vision of the practice/organization and has made significant contributions.

 

Criteria:

  • Actively involved in a full-time position as a professional (not the lead staff person or executive) for his or her practice/organization.
  • Must be an AAOE member in good standing. 
  • Member may self-nominate.
  • Staff of a member may nominate member.
  • Members of the AAOE Board of Directors are not eligible.
  • Activity supporting the nomination must have occurred during the time period of January 1 – December 31, 2018.

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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:

  • Actively involved in a full-time position as the lead staff person or executive for his or her practice/organization.
  • Must be an AAOE member in good standing. 
  • Member may self-nominate.
  • Staff of a member may nominate member.
  • Members of the AAOE Board of Directors are not eligible.
  • Activity supporting the nomination must have occurred during the time period of January 1 – December 31, 2018.

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Practice Awards

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, contributing significantly to one or more of the following: quality of service to their patients, quality of service to their community, and/or quality of work life for their employees.

 

Examples:

  • Instituting a program that follows up on patient complaints to find amicable solutions to the patient’s issue
  • Holding a community service day, where all employees help with a service project
  • Having an employee recognition program where those who excel at service are acknowledged with some perk/benefit

 

Criteria:

  • A practice/employer of an AAOE member in good standing.
  • Member may nominate own practice/employer.
  • Activity supporting the nomination must have occurred during the time period of January 1 – December 31, 2018.

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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 orthopaedic or subspecialty practice, or a hospital department that has developed an innovative solution that can be replicated to benefit the entire orthopaedic community. Innovation or improvement may be in areas including, but not limited to: delivery of care, patient satisfaction, physician/employee satisfaction.

 

Examples:

  • Developing an automation process to reduce wait times and staff errors
  • Creating a new business model that improves patient experience while lowering overhead

 

Criteria:

  • A practice/employer of an AAOE member in good standing.
  • Member may nominate own practice/employer.
  • Activity supporting the nomination must have occurred during the time period of January 1 – December 31, 2018.

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