Positioning Your Brand in the Digital World

More people today are turning to the Internet to get their health information, making the digital world an increasingly important space for hospitals to market their services and engage with consumers. With so much opportunity for online promotion, the key to successfully navigating the array of choices is to make strategic decisions with your digital Read More

Spectrum Health’s Internal Communications Strategy Manages Medical Group Growth

Spectrum Health Medical Group (SHMG) has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years, and so has its onboarding and communication efforts, which are essential to helping new providers acclimate to the large, multi-disciplinary system. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Spectrum Health is the second largest health care provider in the state, offering inpatient and Read More

6 Tracking Lessons Learned by Cadence Health

By Lisa D. Ellis How can you tell if your marketing efforts are truly successful? The best way is to let the data speak for itself, according to representatives from Laughlin Constable (LC). This integrated advertising agency recently partnered with Cadence Health in Illinois to identify and track key measures to help capture and strengthen Read More

Restructuring Service Lines for Success

Service lines may be the mainstay of your organization, but are you using them strategically for the realities of today’s marketplace? If not, you could be missing some important potential for getting, and keeping, your patients. Responding to the Current Climate Health care reform has changed the way most hospitals do business—and the impact includes Read More

Is Your Organization Poised for Success as Empowered Consumers Take a More Active Role In Their Health Care Management?

Consumers want ease, convenience, and price transparency when purchasing health care—all the things they have when purchasing everything else. This means they are now assuming a more active role managing their health care decisions through participation in consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs), which have been around for about 10 years, and more recently through public and Read More

Connecting the Dots between Consumerism and Population Health

Jane Weber Brubaker

by Jane Weber Brubaker A seven-minute home video titled If Air Travel Worked Like Health Care made its debut on YouTube in 2010 and subsequently went viral. The video features a hapless customer struggling to book a round-trip flight through a fictitious airline, Air Health Care, and nail down the cost. The man’s frustration level Read More

Small Hospital, Big Award: How Hill Country Memorial Achieves Quality Excellence

Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award 2014 Recipient

Hill Country Memorial (HCM) in Fredericksburg, TX—a nonprofit organization serving a rural area with a population of just 10,000—might seem like a long-shot for a prestigious national award. Nonetheless, HCM was one of just four organizations nationwide to receive a 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for achieving excellence in its efforts. Back in 2007, Read More

How To Boost the Profitability of Your Service Lines

Matt Humphrey

In a new SHCM article, Stewart Gandolf, CEO of Healthcare Success Strategies, writes that: Clinical service department profitability is a constant challenge for hospitals. That’s nothing new. What’s changed, however, is just about everything else. He explains how patients, newly empowered, now regard medical services through the critical eyes of retail shoppers. Health care reform, Read More

Drug Diversion: Response Strategies to Protect Reputation and Patient Trust

by Jennifer Busick At a health care center in Florida, patients who were undergoing radiology procedures believed they were receiving injections of a narcotic painkiller, fentanyl. What they didn’t know was that a radiology technician at the clinic was injecting himself with the fentanyl and then refilling the syringes with saline solution. Although fentanyl is Read More

Marketing Is a Two-Way Street at Advocate Health Care

by Lisa D. Ellis While many hospitals are grappling with how best to use their social media efforts, Advocate Health Care in Illinois seems to be leading by example. This faith-based health delivery system has developed a comprehensive social media strategy that supports its broader communications goals on multiple levels. Better yet, it includes an Read More

New School Marketing Shifts that Boost Service Line Profitability

by Stewart Gandolf Clinical service department profitability is a constant challenge for hospitals. That’s nothing new. What’s changed, however, is just about everything else. The newly empowered patient now regards medical services with the critical eye of a retail shopper. The dynamics of health care reform, facility mergers and acquisitions and increasingly intense competition have Read More

When Integrating Physician Groups, Keep Your Focus on Marketing and ROI

Many hospitals are acquiring physician groups at a rapid pace. But in the operational process of incorporating new practices into the larger organization, it’s crucial that hospitals don’t lose sight of their end goal: getting a good return on their investment. Daniel Weinbach of the Weinbach Group, Inc., in Miami, FL, points out that all Read More

Mastering the Challenge of Marketing Physician Groups

by Lisa D. Ellis Many hospitals are acquiring physician groups at a rapid pace. But in the process of incorporating new practices into the larger organization, it’s crucial that hospitals don’t lose sight of their end goal: getting a good return on their investment. Thinking strategically Daniel Weinbach of the Weinbach Group, Inc., in Miami, Read More

Time To Overhaul Your OR?

Satisfied patients are a powerful marketing tool for health care organizations, as one hospital learned when it overhauled the scheduling and management of its operating rooms (ORs). The efforts led to increased efficiency and patient satisfaction and helped boost profitability. Dr. Adam Blomberg, Vice Chief of Anesthesiology and Co-Medical Director of the Surgical Services Executive Read More

Welcome to the New Ezine from Strategic Health Care Marketing (Part 5 of 5)

Creative Commons License by License by Robert Couse-Baker via flickr

Welcome to the fifth and final installment in our welcome series. (You can read the previous installments here.) Over the past several days, we’ve tried to give you a small sampling of all the great information we provide, from exclusive stories on brand management to in-depth case studies of successful health care marketing campaigns around Read More

Welcome to the New Ezine from Strategic Health Care Marketing (Part 4 of 5)

Matt Humphrey

Hello! Thanks for continuing to follow along in our ezine welcome series. If you missed any of the previous installments, you can check them out here. Brand management is a huge concern for many health care organizations these days, particularly given the trend toward consolidation of facilities and service lines. So we’re giving you a Read More

Welcome to the New Ezine from Strategic Health Care Marketing

I’m pleased to welcome you to the brand-new Strategic Health Care Marketing weekly ezine. As you may be aware, my company, Plain-English Media, acquired Strategic Health Care Marketing and eHealthcare Strategy & Trends this summer from Health Care Communications. (If you’re interested, you can read the official press release about the acquisition.) For over 30 Read More

Hospital Operating Room Overhaul Lifts Efficiency and Patient Satisfaction

Cheryl L. Serra

by Cheryl L. Serra Satisfied patients are a powerful marketing tool for health care organizations, as one hospital learned when it overhauled the scheduling and management of its operating rooms (ORs). The efforts led to increased efficiency and patient satisfaction and helped boost profitability. Dr. Adam Blomberg, Vice Chief of Anesthesiology and Co-Medical Director of Read More

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