Andover, Mass. – Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG, AEX:PHI) today announced it is one of five companies to earn the American Association for Respiratory Care’s (AARC) coveted Zenith Award. The 2011 award was presented Nov. 5 at the 57th International Respiratory Congress in Tampa, Fla. Nearly 52,000 AARC members, comprised of clinicians and researchers who use respiratory care equipment, devices and pharmaceutical products, selected the winners from more than 400 suppliers. This is the 13th time that Philips Respironics has been recognized by the AARC for contributions to the respiratory community.
“We are honored and excited to receive our 13th Zenith Award, as this award validates our commitment to the respiratory care profession,” said Randall Whitfield, general manager, Hospital Respiratory Care, for Philips Healthcare. “We continue to focus on bringing innovative products and outstanding service to both the hospital and the home setting.”
Philips also received the honor of best in show for its “Hospital to Home Pathway” booth, which showcased the wide variety of complementary product offerings to the Respiratory profession, including invasive and noninvasive ventilation and a full portfolio of stationary and portable oxygen products, as well as products for respiratory drug delivery.
AARC established its prestigious awards program in 1989 to honor respiratory care product and service providers who exemplify outstanding service to the respiratory care community. The recipients are recognized for the quality of their equipment and/or supplies, accessibility and helpfulness of their sales personnel, responsiveness, service record, truth in advertising and their support of the respiratory care profession.
The AARC, a professional membership association of respiratory therapists, focuses primarily on respiratory therapy education and research.  Its goals are to ensure that respiratory patients receive safe and effective care from qualified professionals and to benefit respiratory health care providers. The Association continues to advocate, on behalf of pulmonary patients, for appropriate access to respiratory services provided by qualified professionals.
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Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity.” Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs over 120,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 22.3 billion in 2010, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at