Marketing is a challenging profession, full stop. But some flavors of marketing are trickier than others. Healthcare marketers have the same obstacles and issues other marketers do, and they have to contend with strict brand guidelines and stricter federal regulations.
It’s like the old saying: “Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, only backwards and in high heels.” These healthcare marketers may or may not know how to tango, but their hard work deserves our recognition.
Here are just a few of our favorite healthcare marketers.
Rob Birgfeld, AVP, Chief Digital Marketing Officer, Inova Health System
Rob is a talented marketer who came to the healthcare field four years ago, when he took on the CDMO role for Inova Health System. He’s a jack of all trades: From social media to blogging to product development, Rob keeps Inova’s marketing strategy sound in the short and long term.
Laura Boyd Desmeth, Director of Digital Communications, Medical City Healthcare
In the five years she has been with Medical City Healthcare, Laura has transformed their online presence, creating social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for the institution. She shares a wealth of healthcare and marketing content on her LinkedIn feed.
David Edelman, Chief Marketing Officer, Aetna
David is a LinkedIn Influencer for health care and marketing, and it’s not hard to see why. He regularly publishes insightful posts of his own on LinkedIn, while also sharing other valuable content with his thousands of followers.
Terri Ann Fredette, Director, Marketing & Communications, UC Health
Though she is a data-driven, ROI-focused marketer, Terri still brings personality and heart to her position. Check out Terri’s profile to see the clever commercials UC Health has produced under her direction.
Scott Galbari, Vice President of Marketing and Portfolio, McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions
Scott is the conductor of the 500-piece orchestra that is McKesson IWS, working within strict regulatory guidelines to produce compelling content for the organization’s target audience of radiologists, cardiologists, and health system leaders.
Sven Gierlinger, Chief Experience Officer, Norwell Health
Chief Experience Officers go beyond individual marketing campaigns, beyond inbound, outbound, and the funnel, to create holistic, immersive experiences for consumers. For example, check out Norwell Health’s The Return, a short film highlighting a revolutionary prosthetic for amputee swimmers.
Dan Gingiss, Head of Digital Marketing, Humana
In addition to his daily duties at Humana, Dan is an author, podcaster, and frequent publisher on LinkedIn. We listed Dan as one of our 50 Social Media Influencers to Follow, and he’s been busy developing his thought leadership since then.
Kelly Jo Golson, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Advocate Health Care
With nearly 20 years of experience in marketing, Kelly Jo has the knowhow to direct marketing for one of the Midwest’s largest integrated healthcare systems. Her passion for her work, and genuine compassion for health consumers, makes her stand out in the industry.
Elaine Leavenworth, SVP, Chief Marketing & External Affairs Officer, Abbott
Named one of PR Week’s Health Influencer 50, Elaine has made her voice heard in the industry. Follow Elaine for original content, like her recent International Women’s Day post on LinkedIn, and insightful marketing and healthcare shares.
Diane Lofgren, Chief Marketing Officer, Sharp Healthcare
In addition to her leadership role at Sharp Healthcare, Diane is the author of Women I Want to Grow Old With. Make sure to follow her on Twitter @Dianelofgren, too – she curates fascinating content on healthcare, marketing, and more.
DeAnn Aston Marshall, MHA, Senior Vice President, Chief Development and Marketing Officer, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
In her high-profile position at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, DeAnn has spearheaded creative campaigns with the potential to make real difference in the lives of sick children. On top of that, she’s a clear and compelling writer – check out this post on Millennials and social responsibility.
Dawn McAvoy, Head of Branding and Advertising, Aetna
Though a relative newcomer to healthcare marketing—she came to Aetna in 2014—Dawn has a wealth of experience in marketing leadership, with a decade of experience in management at Citi. One of her special passions is content marketing to women, bringing value and relevance to an often taken-for-granted demographic.
Roymie V. Mimbiela, Chief Experience Officer (CXO) and Associate Vice President Marketing & Communications, University of Miami Health System
Roymie’s list of accomplishments are as long as her job title. She helped transform the patient experience at University of Miami Health System. She has won multiple awards, including the 2010 Hispanic Women of Distinction Award. And she is a speaker and facilitator, presenting on healthcare marketing, business development, and more.
Mark Mistysyn, Director, Interactive Marketing & Digital Strategy, Wake Forest Baptist Health
Mark has over 20 years of experience in the industry, managing digital strategy for some of the largest hospitals in Pittsburg and North Carolina. Mark’s background in web development combines with marketing knowledge and a passion for healthcare to make him a leader in digital healthcare marketing.
Mark Alan Phillips, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, Imaging, GE Healthcare
GE has been quietly killing the social media and content marketing game, with various branches of the business enjoying success on Instagram, Facebook, and even Pinterest. Mark orchestrates the global strategy for GE Healthcare marketing, a standout in a company that is bringing great marketing to life.
Shweta Ponnappa, Senior Director, Digital Marketing, Providence Health & Services
Digital marketing is a rapidly evolving field, and Shwetta is thoroughly equipped to match the right technology with the right message. After cutting her teeth at Amazon, Shwetta moved on to Providence Health & Services, where she specializes in building and running high-quality marketing teams.
Craig Premo, Director of Marketing, Methodist Health System
Content marketing is relatively new territory for healthcare providers. Craig and his team do excellent work managing content creation and curation across social channels for the Methodist Health System. In addition to content strategy, Craig oversees marketing campaigns, web presence, SEO, and monitors brand perception for the health system.
Hijinio Reynoso, Manager, Digital Media at El Camino Hospital
In his four years with El Camino Hospital, Hijinio has achieved impressive results, including increasing the hospital’s Facebook following by over 237%. Make sure to check out his articles published on LinkedIn, including this informative guide to tracking conversions.
Amanda Todorovich, Director of Content Marketing, Cleveland Clinic
Named 2016 Content Marketer of the Year by Content Marketing Institute, Amanda is an inspiration to every content creator longing to add personality and passion to their work. For example, this piece she published last Thanksgiving – it’s got attitude to spare, but is also honest, transparent, and ultimately valuable.
Arra G. Yerganian, Chief Marketing & Branding Officer, Sutter Health
Arra is a graduate of the Harvard Business School for Executive Education and recipient of the 2016 Chief Marketing Officer Award from the International CMO club. He’s also a gifted writer with personality to spare, as evidenced in this article he published last year.
Marketing in Good Health
We all want our marketing to make a difference in people’s lives. Healthcare marketing goes one farther—good marketing of a great health product or system can literally save lives. So it’s a good thing we have these 20 marketers, and many more, on our side.
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