National Respiratory Patient Advocacy Award

The National Respiratory Patient Advocacy Award is a collaboration of the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) and The FACES Foundation. The award commemorates a vital member of the healthcare team: the respiratory therapist. This consummate professional appreciates the “individual” instead of the “patient” and is dedicated to the principal that every breath matters. Nominations come from facilities across the continuum of care where registered respiratory therapists are actively engaged as a champion of patient family centered care.

Award finalists are chosen by a national review committee, with representatives selected by the AARC and The FACES Foundation. Each year, the award recipient and two other finalists are honored before an audience of patients, caregivers, advocacy groups and clinicians at the Annual Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit held a day prior to the AARC Congress (read about the 2017 award recipient and finalists).

2018 Finalists will be introduced at The Patient Advocacy Summit on December 3rd at AARC Conference in Las Vegas.

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Big Ideas Theater 2017: National Patient Advocacy Award 

President and Co-founder of The FACES Foundation Sharman Lamka discusses the purpose of the National Patient Advocacy Award