Prestige Showcase

Since 1971, WHPRMS has sponsored an annual awards program to recognize excellence and success in the practice of healthcare public relations and marketing. In 2023, this recognition will happen through the Prestige Showcase. All WHPRMS members are encouraged to submit their work for an opportuntiy to present a virtual case study and be recognized at the annual conference.



How it works:

The 2023 Prestige Showcase is a series of 30-minute virtual “lunch and learn” care studies. WHPRMS members may apply to present any recent outstanding marketing, communications or public relations project and answer questions from other WHPRMS members.

It’s a chance for our members to showcase their recent work—or to listen in and learn how another member met a health care business challenge with excellent communication.

To be included, please apply here. Once a project is accepted, you will receive a presentation template and work with a WHPRMS board member to schedule your talk.

Presenters receive a certificate, a letter of recognition will be sent to their CEO, and recognition at the 2023 WHPRMS annual conference in October. Prestige Showcase presentations also count toward WHPRMS’s Leadership Recognition Award program, along with our other professional and education achievements.

Apply today!


Here are the 2022 Prestige Award winners:

You can see a recap of all the 2022 entries here.

Single-channel Award:

The top single-channel entry was submitted by Steph Graham of Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Her entry, Faces of Froedtert Video Series, was created to build stronger bonds among staff by showing the “whole person” in staff profile videos.


Multi-channel Award + Carol Mehlberg Award:

The top multi-channel entry is from Kathy Behnke of Mile Bluff Medical Center in Mauston. 

Her project, Experience Mile Bluff – OB was the highest-scoring overall entry and the winner of the Carol Mehlberg Award!


Past Carol Mehlberg Award winners:

2022 Kathy Behnke, “Experience Mile Bluff – OB” Multi-Chanel Category, Mile Bluff Medical Center

2021 Liz Kopling, Lindsay Huebner, Monica Cicci, Jamie Guyot,  Bryan Dobrow, “Agrace Covid-19 Communication” Agrace

2020 No Conference – Covid

2019 Katie Nuttall and Kathy Behnke, “My Mile Bluff Story” Video Production, Mile Bluff Medical Center

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 “The Right Care Right Here Campaign” Gundersen Lutheran

2000 Susen Rasmussen “Gamma Knife Introductory Campaign” Aurora Health Care