Start building a file now for potential 2019 entries!

Call for Entries begins April 16, 2019.

Link to Online Entry Form

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This competition is open to all WHPRMS members. Eligible entries must have been produced and/or completed – including measured results – between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Entrant must have worked on the project being entered.


The competition will close on Friday, July 12 at 11:59 pm with no exceptions. All entries must be completed electronically through the WHPRMS Communications Review system by that time.


Payment is expected at the time of entry. Online, secure credit card processing is available through PayPal and you may pay for all your entries in one payment. You also have the option to pay by check. All checks must be mailed with a copy of the invoice. If checks are not received by Friday, August 16, 2018, it could result in disqualification. Be sure to print a copy of your invoice at the completion of the entry process for your own records.

Cost: $50 per entry

Send checks to:
Attn:  Liz Kopling, WHPRMS
5395 E. Cheryl Parkway
Madison, WI 53711

All submitted entries become the property of WHPRMS and will not be returned.

Scroll down for winners and photos from the 2018 Awards.

2018 Categories:

Collaborative Community Benefit/Public Relations Project
Direct Mail
Employee Communications Project
Integrated Marketing Campaign
Internal Publications
Logo/Corporate Identity
Media Relations
Micromarketing/Non-traditional Marketing
Physician Relations
Print Advertising
Printed Publications
Radio Advertising
Social Media
Special Events
Special Projects
Television Advertising
Video Production

The Wisconsin Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society developed the Communications Review program in 1971 to recognize excellence and superior accomplishment in the practice of health care public relations and marketing. Communications Review was one of the first award programs of its kind in the country and today is widely recognized by health care communicators for its quality and credibility.

Professional awards include:

·         Printed certificates for Awards of Merit
·         Plaques for Awards of Excellence
·         Crystal awards for Judges’ Choice Awards (Top 5 entries)
·         Carol Mehlberg Award (Top Prize) This award, is chosen from the Judges’ Choice Awards. It most effectively demonstrates thorough planning, execution and results, as well as creativity and innovation. The award is named in honor of Carol Mehlberg, a WHPRMS member who was instrumental in establishing the Communications Review program and strengthening the organization. Mehlberg passed away in 1977, after a courageous battle with cancer.

This award program is open to all members and offers multiple benefits including:

·         A panel of unbiased judges from the field of health care marketing and communication provide a written critique and feedback on each entry.
·         Award winners are recognized during a formal presentation at the WHPRMS Annual Conference.
·         Letters of recognition are sent to the CEO of each winning organization.
If you need duplicate awards, please use this order form: CRDupOrd2016.

2018 Winners:

MetaStar Climbs Mt. Everest Employee Communications Project Kristin Westphal Metastar Merit
Agrace Enrollment Video Video Production Monica Cicci Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care Merit
GI Associates- 2017 Branded Television Commercial Television Advertising Chelsea Rank Legato Healthcare Marketing Merit
Back to School Backpack Collection Collaborative Community Benefit/Public Relations Project Kristin Westphal Metastar Merit
This is my Journey Media Relations Mike Wiltse Journey Mental Health Center Merit
Adverse Drug Event Eblast Series Integrated Marketing Campaign Kristin Westphal Metastar Merit
Agrace Community Newsletter Printed Publications Monica Cicci Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care Excellence
Urology Associates- Educational Provider Videos Video Production Chelsea Rank Legato Healthcare Marketing Excellence
Carbone Classroom Social Media Craig Robida UW Health Excellence Judge’s Choice
Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology Valentine’s Day Story Media Relations Meagan Hardwick Red Shoes PR Excellence Carol Mehlberg

Winner Photos:

Past Carol Mehlberg Award winners:

2018 Meagan Hardwick, “Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology Valentine’s Day Story” Media Relations, Red Shoes PR

2017 Kathy Schultz and the 50th Anniversary Committee, “50th Anniversary Reunion” Special Events, UW Health

2016 Mike Wiltse, “Impact” Internal Publication, Journey Mental Health Center

2015 Corissa Runde, Jennifer Walker, John Maniaci, Wendy Hathaway, Angie Fadness, Social Media, American Family Children’s Hospital Radiothon, UW Health

2014 Stacy Lenzen, Gretchen VanDusartz, Pat Cooksey, Christiansen Creative, Social Media, “Say Ahh” ENT Clinic Promoted Post, Hudson Hospital & Clinic

2013 Haley Gilman Integrated Marketing Campaign Local Surgery is Better – Campaign Divine Savior Healthcare 6AM Marketing

2012 Gail Lobdell, Kelly Cheramy, Carolyn Hargrove, Janet Adams “St. Mary’s Centennial History Wall” St. Mary’s Hospital

2011 Bridget Thomas “A Lifetime of Health” Direct Mail Fort HealthCare

2010 Tim Doerfler, Tammy Hahn and the Patient Satisfaction Task Force Super Bowl of Patient Satisfaction Employee Communications Projects St. Mary’s Hospital

2009 Sara Silver-Traband & Stephanie Hungerford “West Tower Media Project” Media Relations – Proactive Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

2008 James Shulkin “Caring for Lives Campaign” Fort HealthCare

2007 Heidi Lange “Many Faces” Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

2006 Stacey Mueller “Children’s Connection” Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

2005 James Reck “ER Snack Baskets” St. Vincent Hospital

2004 Meriter Marketing “Meriter Chest Pain Center” Meriter Health Services

2003 St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center Memory Loss Integrated Marketing Campaign

2002 Annette Grunseth “Someone Believes in You” Bellin Health

2001 Marna Holley Gundersen Lutheran The Right Care Right Here Campaign

2000 Susen Rasmussen Aurora Health Care Gamma Knife Introductory Campaign