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UMass Memorial Brings Home Marketing Awards

Worcester MA - UMass Memorial Medical Center brought home two awards from the 2013 New England Society For Healthcare Communications (NESHCo) spring conference last month.

Earning top prize in the potpourri category, a Gold Lamplighter, was the hospital’s collaboration with Charter TV3 on HealthWatch, a weekly health segment broadcast on Thursday evenings. The segments feature UMass Memorial physicians and other health experts who answer questions on many general health topics, educating the community about current health news. Watch a sample video.

UMass Memorial was also recognized with an Award of Excellence in the Social/New Media Campaign category, for the Marketing and Communications Department’s 2012 Teddy Bear Clinic art contest. The campaign featured the Teddy Bear Clinic Design Contest, which was orchestrated to encourage children in the community to participate in creating the cover art for the Teddy Bear Clinic program flyer and webpage. Children were asked to submit a drawing of a teddy bear wearing either a doctor or a nurse outfit. The drawings were then judged by local “celebrity” judges who voted to choose the winner. The winning design was the face of the program for the Teddy Bear Clinic hosted by the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center. Watch the video.

NESHCO is New England’s premier professional society for health care communications, public relations, marketing, advertising and public affairs. "With a record number of entries this year, it’s clear that the Lamplighter Awards are the region’s signature event for recognizing the best and brightest public relations, marketing and communications work from health care organizations throughout New England,” said Scott Orstad, NESHCo president. “This not only reflects the tremendous depth and breadth of creative talent at work in this region, but – since winners are evaluated on the results they achieve – it’s a testament to the effectiveness of the marketing communications they produce.”

The Lamplighters were established to showcase and honor health care communications excellence in the New England region. The 2013 competition included 385 entries, a 25 percent increase over 2012, from more than 86 organizations throughout the area. Entries were judged by the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations & Marketing Society and the Louisiana Society to Hospital Public Relations & Marketing.

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

About UMass Memorial Medical Center
UMass Memorial Medical Center is the advanced tertiary care referral center for Central New England. The Medical Center offers a full complement of sophisticated technology and support services necessary to provide the region with specialists renowned for their work in areas such as cardiology, cancer, diabetes and orthopedics. To learn more about UMass Memorial, please visit, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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