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CMC/DHK Receives Healthcare Communication Awards

June 18, 2013
Keene, NH

(Keene, NH) – Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene’s (CMC/DHK) Communications and Development Departments were honored for communications excellence at the New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCo) 2013 Lamplighter Award Ceremony and at the national level at the Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards from Healthcare Marketing Report.

CMC/DHK earned three NESHCo Lamplighter Gold Awards for the: 2011-2012 Annual Report to the Community in the Publications – Annual Report category; Annual Appeal Campaign in the Community Relations/Outreach/Advocacy category; and the Cheshire Health Foundation Inaugural Golf Tournament collateral in the Special Events category. These projects were executed with the help of partner agencies: First Tracks Marketing Group, LLC in Peterborough; Dana Flewelling Design & Photography of Sutton, and GEM Graphics of Keene.

Both the Annual Report and Annual Appeal Campaign were created to actively engage our patients and community, to raise awareness about our innovative care programs and non-profit status to encourage philanthropy, and to thank staff and acknowledge donors. Through qualitative feedback, such as patient testimonials, employee and donor feedback, and quantitative data, including increased charitable gifts and online donations, the projects were considered great successes. The Cheshire Health Foundation Inaugural Golf Tournament benefiting the Vision 2020 Champions Program raised almost $30,000 with a sold-out field of 125 golfers and over 90 business sponsors.

Each year, NESHCo recognizes hospitals, agencies and healthcare facilities throughout New England for excellence in marketing, public relations and communications. The 2013 competition included 385 entries from more than 86 organizations. Entries were judged by the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations & Marketing Society and the Louisiana Society for Hospital Public Relations & Marketing.

Additionally, CMC/DHK and partner BlueSpireMarketing, received a national merit award for the HealthMonthly eNewsletter design in the New Media/Social Media category in the Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards from Healthcare Marketing Report. The free eNewsletter publication is designed to provide general health and wellness information and features timely news and events at CMC/DHK, such as free community health education class series and informational sessions.

The Healthcare Advertising Awards is the largest healthcare advertising awards program in the U.S., and is one of the 10th largest of all advertising award competitions. Nearly 4,000 entries were received for this year’s competition. A national panel of judges was engaged in reviewing all entries based on creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design and overall impact.

About Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene
Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation’s healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/DHK, Vision 2020 is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation's healthiest community by 2020. For information, please call (603) 354-5400 or visit http://www.cheshiremed.org

About NESHCo
For four decades, NESHCo has served as the region’s premier professional development organization for communication professionals working in the healthcare industry. The Society is composed of nearly 300 members throughout New England. For more information, visit http://www.neshco.org. Full list of award winners: http://www.neshco.org/sites/default/files/2013%20Lamplighter%20Awards%20Winners%20List.pdf

About Healthcare Marketing Report
HMR Publications Group is the corporate home for Healthcare Marketing Report, Admissions Marketing Report and Healthcare Call Center Times. HMR Publications Group is a source for marketing news and information from around the nation in the fields of higher education and healthcare marketing. The Healthcare Advertising Awards is the oldest, largest and most widely respected healthcare advertising awards competition. The awards are sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report, the leading publication covering all aspects of healthcare marketing, advertising and strategic business development. For more information, visit: http://www.hmrpublicationsgroup.com/Healthcare_Marketing_Report/.

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