Linda Smith, executive assistant at Indiana University Health North Hospital, was selected as the recipient of this year’s Administrative Professional Excellence Award. The award honors the legacy of Mikell Rose Brown, an IHA administrative assistant for 25 years who passed away in 2010. Smith received her award at the 46th annual Administrative Professionals Conference on April 13 in front of a crowd of more than 125 hospital administrative assistants.
IHA was recently awarded a Health Systems Change Partnerships grant from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). IHA will partner with ISDH’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission to build capacity within three member hospitals—Columbus Regional Health, Greene County General Hospital in Linton, and Marion General Hospital—to routinely assess and address tobacco use. The goal of the project is to pilot test strategies that will create a sustainable solution to integrate tobacco dependence treatment into the continuum of care. IHA plans to document and share its lessons learned with its membership throughout the grant period. Rachel Kimmel has been hired to manage the project. Kimmel, a former two-time communications intern at IHA, most recently served as the communications manager for the Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English literature and French from Butler University and her Master of Public Health from Indiana University Bloomington.
Communication is key in healthcare. From educating the public on important patient safety issues to sharing their story with legislators, hospitals must be able to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively. The annual Indiana Healthcare Strategic Communications Summit was designed to help healthcare marketing and public relations professionals take their communications efforts to the next level. Hosted by IHA and the Indiana Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations Society (IHMPRS), the 2018 summit will be Aug. 2 – 3 at Columbus Regional Health.
“IHMPRS has a tradition of hosting its annual summit at healthcare facilities throughout the state. This provides attendees the opportunity to tour other facilities and learn how peers address healthcare needs in the communities they serve,” said Joel Philippsen, director of marketing and WellConnect at Columbus Regional Health.
The agenda is still being finalized but will include sessions on a number of timely topics, including a panel discussion on Reputation.com featuring Terri Christiansen, marketing director/public information officer at DeKalb Health; Todd Harper, associate director of public affairs and communications with Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis; and Tangela Floyd, director of public relations at St. Vincent.
“We use Reputation.com to track all our social media and online reviews and comments. The site also tracks trends and you can compare how you stack up to other organizations,” Harper said.
The conference also provides an opportunity for colleagues to catch up with colleagues and network during special events.
“The American Institute of Architects has ranked the city of Columbus sixth in the nation for architectural innovation and design, right behind Chicago, New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.,” Philippsen said. “In addition to Columbus Regional Hospital, which is ranked as one of the top five most beautiful hospitals in America, summit attendees will have the opportunity to experience some of the city’s architecturally significant buildings.”
“Not only will attendees enjoy the opportunities to network with their peers in healthcare PR, communications, and marketing, but also the lineup of speakers and content is always engaging, relevant, and informative,” Christiansen said.
Health care attorneys and executives charged with understanding the ins and outs of health care laws will want to stick around following the 2018 IHA Annual Membership Meeting for the IHA Legal Forum at The Westin Indianapolis, a full day of education on emerging legal trends and issues in health care.
Mark your calendar for Sept. 28 and look for more information soon at IHAconnect.org.