SHSMD Spectrum Newsletter
March/April 2021
Featured Articles
7 Principles to Guide Health Care Strategists Through COVID Chaos and Beyond
When crises hit in health care, typically well-laid marketing plans are pushed aside in favor of addressing the most pressing strategies and communications. Regional Medical Center has established patients, accountability and a digital-first mindset as part of its North Star.
Using Patient Data to Engage the C-Suite in a Brand Experience
Making the business case for a brand can be a tall task, particularly when competing with other organization priorities such as electronic health record upgrades and hospital acquisitions. Yet, marketing leaders at LCMC Health found a way, connecting brand experience data from consumers with patient HCAHPS scores to speak the C-suite’s language.
Marketing in Prime Position to Serve as ‘Chief Collaborator’ of the Hospital System
With COVID-19 affecting so many facets of health care, hospital systems are in need of a “chief collaborator.” Marketing can often fill this role by steering big-picture conversations toward patient needs. At Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan, marketers use scenario planning to confront challenges and help plan for uncertainty.
How a Desert Hospital Closed the Gap Between Quality Scores and Employee Perceptions
Yuma Regional Medical Center was seeing its quality scores climb amid encouragement from a new CEO who wanted to publicize such wins. Yet as marketers moved to amplify this message, they discovered a disconnect among team members. Leadership knew they needed to work on employee engagement before launching a marketing campaign.

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