Business Development

How an Investment in Billboard Marketing Is Paying off for One Health System

James K. Elrod, president and CEO of Willis-Knighton Health System

Do you read billboards when you’re driving? If you do, you’re not alone. According to the 2019 Nielsen out-of-home advertising study, eight out of 10 Americans consciously look at billboard messages. As technology evolves, more and more advertisers turn to digital billboards — a computer-controlled display that shows advertisements on a rotating basis — to Read More

2021 Will Be Difficult: A Flexible Plan Is Key

// By Alan Shoebridge // Predicting the future is always a dicey proposition, but from a marketing perspective it has generally been sort of, well, predictable. Most experienced professionals know how to prepare for an upcoming year with the general acceptance that a few minor bumps along the road will always come up. I know Read More

Can You Leverage the Anxious Language of a Pandemic to Build a Stronger Hospital Brand? Here’s What Nemours Children’s Health System Did

Sarah Sanders, vice president and chief marketing officer of Nemours Children’s Health System

// By Peter Hochstein // You might think that co-opting language associated with COVID-19 could scare people away. Instead, it called attention to advertising that helped to reassure worried parents. Let’s clearly state a few factual negatives first. Tilt, the advertising agency behind the campaign you’re about to read about, is not the same Tilt Read More

Better Data and Agility Help Marketers Justify Budgets and Measure Results

Jim Samuel, Copywriter and Content Marketer

// By Jim Samuel // Three health care marketing executives share how they use data and agility to justify budgets, achieve their marketing objectives, and measure the results. Marketing budgets were already starting to tighten for some health systems at the start of 2020. But when the coronavirus pandemic hit, some of those budget cuts Read More

How To Convince Patients It’s Safe — and Smart — To Return

Lewis Clark, vice president of marketing/media/public relations, Deborah Heart and Lung Center

At the Deborah Heart and Lung Center in southern New Jersey, the task of letting patients know it was safe and even wise to return evolved into a multimedia effort. The campaign has been paying off with a substantial increase in patient visits. In Peter Hochstein’s new story, he explains how they’re doing it. Here’s Read More

The Keys to Successful Care Coordination

Megan Pruce, vice president, business engagement strategies at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Marketing has played a key role in the growth and success of one of the nation’s largest regional networks focused on population health and value-based care. Vanderbilt Health Affiliate Network (VHAN) is a physician-led clinically integrated network that coordinates care for 300,000 patients across the state of Tennessee and in several bordering states. Launched in Read More

The Future of Health Care Is Happening Today in Tennessee

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Vanderbilt University Medical Center led the formation of a successful high-performance provider network that has met 100 percent of its quality goals in recent years and returned millions in incentives to network members. Marketing has played a key role in the growth and success of one of the nation’s Read More

Simple Technology Keeps Patients Connected to Care During COVID-19

Matthew Warrens, managing director of innovation at UnityPoint Health

“For the first time, many patients are experiencing what it’s like to be a rural patient where care feels out of reach,” says Blake Marggraff, CEO of CareSignal. “Patients who were once accustomed to frequent health touchpoints now feel the pressure to make do on their own — as providers experience staffing reductions and patients Read More

How Technology Is Saving the Graduate Medical Education Interview Season

Jason Reminick, MD, MBA, MS, CEO and Founder, Thalamus

Jason Reminick, MD, MBA, MS was stranded. In the fall of 2012, the then fourth-year medical student was gearing up for a series of residency interviews when Hurricane Sandy, a Category 3 hurricane, came barreling through the Northeast, making it impossible for him to attend his in-person interviews in New York City. “All the bridges Read More

Your CEO’s Trust Is Essential to Your Success

Christine Albert, senior vice president, marketing and communications, LCMC Health

Trust. Respect. Transparency. These are the words that describe how a good relationship between the CMO and CEO can lead to effective investment in marketing communications. “It is important to listen and ask questions of the CEO and other C-suite members to discover what is important to their stakeholders,” says Christine Albert, senior vice president, Read More

Learn From the Retailers. They Are Stealing Your Customers.

Gary Druckenmiller, senior vice president, strategy and innovation at Healthgrades

See those retailers in your rearview mirror? They are the health care disruptors you’ve been hearing about — Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Amazon, Google — and they are coming for you. They are closer than they appear, and they will steal your customers — if you don’t disrupt back. “The retailers have already nailed positive customer Read More

Why Consistency at Your Call Center Is so Important

Rachel Donovan, managing director, enterprise marketing strategy, Nemours Children’s Health System

Google is often the place people look first when seeking health information online. Assuming your health care system has done all the right things to optimize discoverability, the patient’s next step is to access care, most often by making a phone call. That first impression determines the course for a potentially long-term relationship. For a Read More

Chief Marketing Officers — Your CEO Is Counting on Your Expertise

Sheryl Jackson

View From the C-Suite: Greg Feirn, CEO; and Christine Albert, SVP; Marketing & Communications, LCMC Health Anthony D. Slonim, MD, DrPH, CEO; and Suzanne Hendery, Chief Marketing & Customer Officer; Renown Health // By Sheryl S. Jackson // Strong relationships between CEOs and CMOs help organizations align on a shared vision, invest in the right Read More

Retail Disruptors Stealing Your Customers? Time to Disrupt Back

jane weber brubaker

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // See those retailers in your rearview mirror? They are the health care disruptors you’ve been hearing about — Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Amazon, Google — and they are coming for you. They are closer than they appear, and they will steal your customers — if you don’t disrupt back. “The Read More

Is Your Call Center Creating Loyal Customers?

Marcia Simon

// By Marcia Simon, APR // Google is often the place people look first when seeking health information online. Assuming your health care system has done all the right things to optimize discoverability, the patient’s next step is to access care, most often by making a phone call. That first impression determines the course for Read More

COVID Has Lingering Effects For Providers and Consumers

“The repercussions of consumers putting off both routine and essential care (most likely a result of both the voluntary shutdown of elective procedures around the country by many health systems as well as growing concerns over being exposed to the virus) are significant,” says Daniel Fell of Optum. “From both a public health and a Read More

Los Angeles Archrivals Team Up for the Greater Good

Rhoda Weiss, Ph.D., president of Rhoda Weiss Consulting Group, and co-chair, Becker’s Healthcare 11th Annual Meeting Virtual Experience

Los Angeles is home to many world-class health care organizations, and they compete vigorously for the same patients. But even in a competitive market, joining together for the greater good may be the best way to get an important message across to the community. “It became apparent early on that people were not accessing health Read More

How Four Words Made a Remarkable Difference to a Struggling Hospital

“The situation seemed dire at Vassar Brothers Medical Center,” writes Peter Hochstein, copywriter and SHCM contributor. “Doctors at a large medical group were under orders to refer patients to a different hospital. Then Vassar launched an ad campaign that empowered patients to defy their doctors. And everything changed.” Here’s an excerpt from Hochstein’s new article: Read More

Consumer Sentiment Evolving with COVID Spread

// By Daniel Fell // In early May, our company launched a biweekly tracking study to better understand and monitor consumer sentiment toward seeking health care services during the COVID pandemic. The Optum Consumer Pulse Survey asks a representative sample of 700 adult consumers nationwide how likely they are to visit different types of health Read More