Thank you for considering the nomination process for the
American Hospital Association (AHA) 2019 Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE).
Volunteer services provide critical support to health care organizations, benefiting patients, their families and communities. We applaud your efforts and thank you for your dedication to this valuable service.

Eligibility Requirements:

In order to submit a nomination for the HAVE Award, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • The nominated program must have functioned successfully for at least two years (since February 1, 2017) within a health care organization or a community the organization serves.
  • The nominated program must be affiliated with an AHA institutional member hospital or health system.
  • Organizations affiliated with members of the HAVE selection committees are not eligible to apply.
  • Only one nomination per organization will be considered the nomination period.
  • The organization submitting a nomination may not have received a HAVE Award within the previous three years.
  • Awards recognize specific service areas, initiatives or programs.
Review Criteria:
  • Volunteers play a substantial role in planning, developing, implementing and maintaining the program.
  • The program is creative or innovative, thereby breaking new ground nationally for health care volunteer services.
  • The program benefits the service recipients, the health care organization and/or the community.
  • The program could be replicated or adapted in another community or organization.
  • Outcome measures have achieved the stated goals within the program.
Before you begin the nomination submission process, we recommend that you review the required information to familiarize yourself with the full scope of the online nomination form. Complete your answers in a Word document, and then cut and paste the responses into the online nomination form. Once the information is saved in the online nomination form, it may not be edited, nor can you save a partially completed nomination and then return to it. Finalize your responses in a Word document FIRST. Copies of submitted nominations will not be returned to the nominator. 
Please use the navigation buttons at the bottom of each page within the nomination form. Do not use your internet browser to navigate; doing so will result in an error message appearing and you may need to start from the beginning. Consider enlisting the writing and editing support of a grant writer, communications specialist or marketing colleague when drafting the nomination.
All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (PDT) February 11, 2019.
Submit any questions about this process to Ursula Pawlowski, governance and operations manager, AHVRP, UPawlowski@aha.org .