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Important Change to ISHMPR Membership Dues Structure

January 8, 2012

Starting January 1, 2012, our memberships will move from a January – December annual membership to June through May.  The dues will remain unchanged.

However, ALL 2011 members will need to renew for a shortened period while this change takes place.  You will be seeing an email soon requesting that you renew your membership from January 1, 2012 through May 31, 2012.  If you joined ISHMPR in November or December of 2011, your membership dues will cover this transition period so you will not be asked to renew.

So be on the lookout for a renewal email and please respond quickly.

Of course, feel free to let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your support,

ISHMPR Board of Directors


Three 2012 Sandwich Smarts Webinars Announced

December 21, 2011

ISHMPR announces the first three FREE webinars in our Sandwich Smarts series.

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Free Webinar: Hot Mamas on Harleys: What Healthcare Can Learn about Marketing to Women from Top Brands

December 21, 2011

This Free Noon Webinar on Thursday, January 19, 2012 will examine how top brands connect and provide actionable tools for marketing professionals to successfully market key services to women, who make 80% of all healthcare decisions in the household.

Offered by Kenya Gibson and Melissa Speir from Franklin Street, this first installment of our Sandwich Smarts Webinar series explains how top brands market to women.  The new face of marketing to women abandons stereotypical attributes and instead focuses on building meaningful, profitable relationship with today’s healthcare consumer. This seminar will examine how top brands connect and provide actionable tools for marketing professionals to successfully market key services to women, who make 80% of all healthcare decisions in the household.

Learning Objectives:
* Learn how to create loyal relationships by tying in female consumers’ lifestyles and brand attitudes
* Identify opportunities for marketing key specialties by tailoring the tone to female audiences
* Review strategies for how to involve physicians to champion the marketing efforts and drive referrals
* Learn how to incorporate meaningful, out-of-the-box female-focused marketing campaigns that positively impact the bottom line and give women a reason to deem your health system as the “women’s choice”

So gather your associates, grab a lunch and some screen space and join us.  To register for the Noon January 19 webinar, simply click this link.  It’s FREE!

LAST CHANCE TO WIN: “iWant an iPad” Membership Drawing

October 26, 2011

It’s cool.  It’s incredibly helpful.  And it’s extremely popular right now.

Of course, we’re talking about a membership at ISHMPR!  You know the great value you get out of your membership, so now we’d like to encourage you to spread the word.

16 GB wi-fi enabled iPad

The promotion is simple: Read more…

ISHMPR Seeking Intern — And We’re Paying!

October 24, 2011

Illinois Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations (ISHMPR)
Internship Job Description


Assist the ISHMPR Board of Directors in the implementation of plans and programs to support the mission and goals of the organization.

Duties & Responsibilities

The ISHMPR Intern will assist the following groups in performing a variety of tasks that are important to the operations of the organization.

Board of Directors
Coordinate monthly Board meetings.
Compile and distribute agenda and minutes.
Prepare memos, letters, emails, announcements, press releases and other communication materials as requested in a timely and accurate manner.
Coordinate nomination process for new Board members.

Website Team
Gather content for monthly White Space e-newsletter.
Assist in maintaining the website and other social media applications (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Blog).

Education Team
Coordinate the webinar set-up for quarterly education programs.
Assist in design of webinar, Pinnacle Awards and Annual Conference marketing materials.
Send invitations and reminders for quarterly educational programs.
Coordinate the Annual Conference publicity and registration process
Coordinate logistics for the Annual Conference sponsors, speakers, and exhibitors.
Prepare Annual Conference materials for attendees.
Attend the Annual Conference assisting as necessary.

Membership Team
Maintain member roster and contact information.
Send out membership renewal notices and track responses.
Assist in new member acquisition and mail welcome kit.

Pinnacle Awards Team
Coordinate award entry judging logistics.
Coordinate award entry process including the collection and tracking of entries and winner notification.
Order awards.


Recently received or currently pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations, marketing or related field with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.  Demonstrated competence in written, oral and electronic communication skills. Efficient in Microsoft Office applications and social media tools.

Compensation:  $10/hour

Apply via email by sending your interest and a resume to

ISHMPR Fall Conference In Less Than Two Weeks! Register Now – Even Online

October 24, 2011

A Prescription For What Ails Your Marketing

2011 ISHMPR Fall Conference

Join more than 100 healthcare marketing and public relations colleagues from Illinois and bordering states at the annual ISHMPR Conference. This year’s conference will be held at the exquisite Pheasant Run Resort – the Midwest’s largest entertainment resort.  With 473 luxurious guest rooms, two championship golf courses, a renowned spa, award-winning dining and entertainment and three pools, Pheasant Run is the perfect environment for learning and networking – as well as a weekend getaway.

Within the resort is Zanies Comedy Night Club.  This sister room of the legendary Zanies in downtown Chicago has been making resort audiences laugh with the same great talent as the original club since 1989.  The Chicago comedy club has featured the routines of nationally known comics like Craig Ferguson and Chelsey Handler for laugh out loud entertainment.

For more information and a schedule of events and sessions, visit this link.

OR register now using our new online registration system!

Ed Bennett Gives Stats For Why You Should Use Social Media

October 24, 2011

Our own Kishwaukee Community Hospital is featured in Ed’s presentation to the Mayo Clinic.  There are great stats here is you’re interested in persuading your upper executives to let you get more involved in Facebook.  Ed even offers some nice suggestions.  Thanks Ed.

CLICK THIS LINK to see the full report and connect to all his stats and links.