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November 2009 Blog Posts (21)

Pink Glove Dance Video

A friend and colleague, Linda MacCracken of Thomson Reuters, sent me a link this weekend to the "Pink Glove Dance" video on YouTube. It's a breast cancer awareness video featuring the staff of Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon - and it is a ton of fun! Although this looks like a low budget production, it is obvious that a lot of work went into its creation. If you haven't seen it already, definitely check out the video below: (It currently has more than 1,600,000… Continue

Added by Dan Dunlop on November 30, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Images from CHPRMS Conference and Wallie Awards

Here are a few of the photos I took last week while attending the fall conference of the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations & Marketing Society (CHPRMS) and the annual Wallie Awards. The meeting took place in Asheville, North Carolina at the amazing Grove Park Inn. I've mixed in some scenic shots. Enjoy!…


Added by Dan Dunlop on November 28, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Check out "Real Women on Health" Blog

Kelley Connors, a member of my online healthcare marketing community, has developed a wonderful blog: Real Women on Health. When I find good things I try to share them through my blog, and Kelley's contribution is a good thing. I find her voice to be a refreshing addition to the… Continue

Added by Dan Dunlop on November 25, 2009 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Lynne Garrison of BCBSNC Speaks to Healthcare Reform

This morning at the Fall CHPRMS Conference there was a panel discussion on healthcare reform. Lynne Garrison of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) was one of the distinguished panelists. It really was an excellent panel. I've edited some of Lynne's comments to give you an idea of how BCBSNC views the current health reform efforts and legislation. Lynne is the VP of Corporate Communications for BCBSNC. Enjoy!

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Added by Dan Dunlop on November 19, 2009 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Twitter Use Present at CHPRMS Fall Conference '09

Okay, there aren't hundreds of folks tweeting from day one of the Fall CHPRMS Conference '09. But there are a dozen or so healthcare marketers tweeting live from the event. The hashtag for the conference is #CHPRMS. Here are a couple of screen shots so you can see how the tweets are taking shape:

Post by Dan Dunlop, The Healthcare Marketing Community &… Continue

Added by Dan Dunlop on November 18, 2009 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Steve Crescenzo: He's No Stooge. CHPRMS Part 2

I'm currently attending Steve Crescenzo's second session of the day at the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations & Marketing Society Conference (CHPRMS). Social media is the topic of the day - and the year! It deserves the attention it is receiving. If you're following the conference on Twitter, the hashtag is #chprms.

According to Steve, three things that need to happen for social media to work:

1. It must meet a business objective

2. It must make sense for… Continue

Added by Dan Dunlop on November 18, 2009 at 2:53pm — No Comments

CHPRMS, Social Media & The Three Stooges

Three Stooges? More about that in a minute. Our opening session today at the fall conference of the Carolinas Public Relations & Marketing Society (CHPRMS) was a presentation on social media by Steve Crescenzo. Steve is a consultant who is on a mission to teach creative communication. He is an animated and engaging presenter. Very entertaining. You might even say “in your face.”

I guarantee that people enjoyed this session. They definitely laughed a lot. The way Steve’s voice… Continue

Added by Dan Dunlop on November 18, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

NPR Story: Patients Turn to Internet for Health Information

I'm at the CHPRMS conference but thought I'd take a moment to point out an interesting piece on NPR. On November 16, 2009, Joseph Shapiro had a story on NPR about patients turning to online communities for health information. It is worth checking it out at… Continue

Added by Dan Dunlop on November 18, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Blogging Live from CHPRMS Fall Conference 2009

This morning I am driving up to Asheville, North Carolina, where the Fall Conference of the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations & Marketing Society (CHPRMS) is being held over the next couple of days. CHPRMS is a terrific group with a large membership base made up of healthcare marketers from North and South Carolina. We also have a few members from neighboring states such as Georgia and Virginia. I spoke at the spring conference on social media in healthcare, but will not be presenting… Continue

Added by Dan Dunlop on November 18, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

Duke Replaces Patient Clipboards with Tablet Computers

I saw a tweet on twitter the other day from Duke Health that mentioned its move to provide cancer patients with tablet-style computers for entering health information in the waiting area. So when a patient checks-in to the cancer clinics at Duke, rather than receive the old clipboard with several paper questionnaires to fill out, they now get a wireless, tablet computer.…


Added by Dan Dunlop on November 17, 2009 at 4:30am — No Comments

Social Media Revolution Video

Check out this really excellent video about the power and reach of social media:

Post by Dan Dunlop, The Healthcare Marketing Community &… Continue

Added by Dan Dunlop on November 16, 2009 at 4:26pm — No Comments

East Carolina Heart Institute Wins Four CV Advertising Awards

Below are images from a recent award winning cardiovascular advertising campaign. I admit up front that this post is self serving. My firm, Jennings, does the marketing for the East Carolina Heart Institute at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The campaign that we created to launch the Heart Institute just won four National Cardiovascular Advertising Awards. I thought I'd share some of the work with you.

We call this the Mirror Image campaign. Below are a couple of the print ads. When… Continue

Added by Dan Dunlop on November 16, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

Good Advice for Physicians Considering Social Media

David Harlow, a Boston area lawyer and health care consultant who writes the HealthBlawg, drew my attention (via LinkedIn) to a recent article in the Massachusetts Medical Law… Continue

Added by Dan Dunlop on November 15, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

A Conceptual Approach to Community Health Screenings

The heart of a community's care is at its most trusted hospitals. In the same way that blood flows into and out of the heart, your hospital's message should flow out into the community with grass-roots marketing efforts in order to bring patients back into your hospital for care. By this I mean that a hospital's marketing efforts should not only focus on drawing patients into their facilities with billboards and magazine ads, but go beyond basic marketing efforts and into the community by… Continue

Added by Kevin Felker on November 13, 2009 at 12:01pm — No Comments

A Fresh Approach to Hospital Cuisine

Okay, using the word "cuisine" in association with hospital food might at first seem peculiar, or even an oxymoron, but what we know about hospital food is starting to change. In a strange coincidence, on the exact day that Mark Shelley and I published an article on hospital food programs in the Alternative Health Journal (AHJ), I also stumbled upon a piece in Modern Healthcare about Sacred Heart Hospital buying sustainable foods from a local farm co-op in Eau Claire,… Continue

Added by Dan Dunlop on November 11, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Big Warm Up's Viral Marketing Push

Yesterday I received an email from a colleague and the header read: "Join me in making a difference." The body of the email read: "This story inspired me to make a difference. Watch it to the end - YOU ARE IN THE VIDEO." And there was a link to a video from a group called The Big Warm Up. That was all… Continue

Added by Dan Dunlop on November 10, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Hive Marketing and Social Media

Mark Shelley and I are currently working on an article introducing the concept of Hive Marketing and its relevance to social media. For the uninitiated, hive marketing is the notion of bringing together supporters of a brand or organization into a community of shared interest (the hive), so they can feed… Continue

Added by Dan Dunlop on November 9, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Duke's Nicholas School - Forging a Sustainable Future

Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending some time in a recording studio with Dr. Bill Chameides, Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. I'm fortunate to have some video clips from my conversation with Bill and will share them with you here. Bill has spent more than 30 years… Continue

Added by Dan Dunlop on November 6, 2009 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Survey Indicates Signs of Optimism Among Healthcare Providers

In my local business journal (Triangle Business Journal) there was an article this week about a new study by Grant Thornton that indicated that healthcare executives predict an increase in hiring… Continue

Added by Dan Dunlop on November 4, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

Social Media Today Post - New Pew Internet Study

If you don't follow Social Media Today, I suggest you consider doing so. Go to and take a look. I've found it to be a great resource.

On October 30, 2009, I found a post by Jill Kurtz titled "Data on… Continue

Added by Dan Dunlop on November 3, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

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