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Professional Excellence Award

WHPRMS’ Professional Excellence Award is a great way to recognize a colleague who has earned the respect of others. 

Is there is a person you admire in the healthcare industry, perhaps your mentor, your confidant, your beacon in the fog? Or a colleague who just blatantly knows their stuff?  Please nominate them for WHPRMS’ Professional Excellence Award! Nominations are due by September 1, 2024.

Only one WHPRMS member is awarded this distinguished honor each year!

Your nominee should be a leader inside and outside their organization. They should be a seasoned professional who has demonstrated and shared their knowledge, advancing the principles of communications, marketing and public relations within the healthcare industry.

To be considered as this year’s distinguished professional at WHPRMS’ annual conference, nominations must be received by September 1, 2024.


Nominees must…

  • Be current members of WHPRMS.
  • Have 10 or more years’ experience in planning, marketing, or public relations/communications, including at least five years of direct involvement in the healthcare industry.
  • Have demonstrated several of the following:
      • Innovation in strategy development, applying solid marketing, public relations, or planning techniques to functions such as new product development, product line management, sales, community relations, competitor assessment, needs assessment, forecasting or network development.
      • Ability to consistently produce outstanding work.
      • Enhancement of the credibility of the healthcare marketing/public relations profession, by participating in/ leading professional organizations, being published in professional literature or completing professional public speaking engagements. 
      • Willingness to share their skills as a mentor to help others learn and grow.
      • Exceptional personal qualities and leadership abilities— whether at work or in the community such as: 
          • Integrity.
          • The ability to work with diverse groups.
          • A record of exemplifying the values and ethics of healthcare marketing/public relations to people in other disciplines and fields. 
          • Community service/civic achievement on a local, regional or national level.

The 2024 Professional Excellence Award will be presented to one deserving individual during our Bi-State Conference in Lake Geneva in October.

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Previous Winners

2023 - Kathy Behnke
2022 - Cherie Morgan

2021 - Heather Sullivan

2019 - James Shulkin

2018 - Mike Milligan

2017 - Chuck Moore

2016 - Lori Bruss

2015 - Mary Kay Grasmick

2014 - Tamalyn Powell

2013 - Kathy Schultz

2012 - Barbara Roberts

2011 - Kevin Stranberg

2010 - Susen Rasmussen

2009 - Kristin Baird

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