2023 APTA Home Health Award Nominations

The APTA Home Health Awards are presented annually to deserving individuals, recognized by peers and colleagues, at the Home Health Business Meeting during APTA's annual Combined Sections Meeting in February.

The Academy is now accepting nominations for the following awards through January 6, 2023 (EXTENDED). Please take a moment and consider an impactful individual to the home health practice worthy of recognition. 

  • President’s Award: Recognizes a Home Health Academy member who has provided notable service to the Academy.

  • Emerging Leader in APTA Home Health: Recognizes and honors one Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant who has demonstrated extraordinary service and clinical passion early in his or her home health career. The individual should have made exceptional overall accomplishments and contributions to the APTA and/or the Home Health Academy mission and vision, and to the physical therapy profession to advance quality and evidenced‐based care in the home.

  • Excellence in Home Health Clinical Practice Award: Recognizes a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant for outstanding clinical practice in a home health care setting.

  • Excellence in Home Health Leadership Award: Recognizes the exceptional contribution of an APTA Home Health member in promoting home health physical therapy practice.

  • Dr. Carol Zehnacker Friend of the Academy Award: Acknowledges an individual, group or organization that has made an enduring contribution to the home health industry and that has been an advocate of the profession of physical therapy in the home, as is relates to clinical practice and/or regulations. This award is dedicated to the late Dr. Carol Zehnacker who passed away in November 2021. Dr. Zehnacker was a physical therapist and a member of the APTA for 56 years. She served our profession in many ways at both the state and national levels as a leader, mentor, and advocate. She served as the Federal Affairs Liaison and Government Affairs Committee Chair for the Home Health Academy. In this role she advocated fiercely against administrative burden and regulations that hamper PTs ability to provide quality care. 

  • Preceptor Award: Acknowledges an individual that has been chosen by their agency/company to be a preceptor. This therapist demonstrates the unique qualities, high standards and clinical skills that are exemplary. They are organized and able to teach processes and procedures to newly hired staff, molding them into confident and talented home care clinicians.

To view awards criteria and to submit a nomination, click here