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AAKP Expands Its Medal of Excellence Program

The American Association of Kidney Patients Expands Its Medal of Excellence Program to Include Health Care Professionals


The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) announced today it is now accepting nominations for the 2015 AAKP Medal of Excellence Award.  For the first time in the program’s 19 year history, the Association is expanding the award to recognize a variety of health care professionals including doctors, nurses, social workers and dietitians.

The AAKP Medal of Excellence Program was originally designed to recognize renal physicians who demonstrated the skills that reflect AAKP’s mission and core values – quality care for patients, a staunch patient policy advocate and the desire to pass his/her knowledge on to future nephrologists.  “We want all health care professionals who work with kidney patients to know we value their commitment to improving the quality of life of kidney patients,” said AAKP Executive Director Gary Green.  “Expanding the program allows us to recognize those health care professionals who dedicated themselves to the cause of kidney disease care.”

Medal of Excellence Award nominees should be: Health care professionals who have contributed to the advancement and evolution of direct patient care, encouraged the expansion of the patient engagement model within the renal community, and enhanced the quality of life for kidney patients and their families.

Nominations must be submitted to AAKP by November 24, 2014. A selection committee is comprised of highly renowned health care professionals in the renal community, members of the AAKP Medical Advisory Board and past Medal of Excellence recipients. Award recipients will be recognized throughout the 2015 year during a series of events and patient programs including:

  • AAKP event hosted in conjunction with professional meetings
  • Biographical articles on career achievements featured in aakpRENALIFEmagazine
  • Speaking opportunities during an AAKP Patient Education Program.

Visit www.aakp.org/ to download the AAKP Medal of Excellence Award Nomination form.

Complete applications must be received by November 24, 2014, to this address:

  • American Association of Kidney Patients
    Medal of Excellence Program
    2701 N. Rocky Point Drive, Suite 150
    Tampa, FL 33607
  • Program Contact for AAKP:
    Diana Clynes, Dir. of Programs & Services
    P  813-400-2391          F 813-636-8122

AAKP is a voluntary non-profit organization founded by kidney patients, which for 45 years, has been dedicated to improving the quality of life of kidney patients through education, advocacy and the fostering of patient communities. The programs offered by AAKP inform and inspire patients and their families to better understand their condition, adjust more readily to their circumstances, and assume more normal, productive lives in their communities.