RSVP for the 2015 Holiday Luncheon at Flemings!

Thursday, December 10
Fleming’s Prime Steak House and Wine Bar at the Gateway
Salt Lake City
11:30  a.m.   Registration and Social Hour
Noon            Luncheon and Door Prize Drawing

Ho, Ho, Ho! It’s time once again to make plans to attend the USHCAM Holiday Luncheon, taking place this year at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar at the Gateway, located at 20 South 400 West. Attendees will choose from three entrée selections: Petite Filet Mignon, Free Range Lemon Rosemary Brick Chicken or Barbecue Scottish Salmon Fillet. Come early for appetizers and socializing; lunch will be served at Noon with our famous holiday raffle to follow.  Please join us!

If you have items you would be willing to donate for the raffle, please let me know when you RSVP for the luncheon.Your raffle donations are needed and appreciated!

RSVP by Friday, December 4th to Jill Vicory at or at (801) 486-9915.



Save the Date: 2015 Holiday Luncheon

Mark your calendar for this year’s USCHAM Holiday Luncheon, taking place Thursday, December 10th at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at The Gateway Center in Salt Lake City. The luncheon will begin with networking and registration at 11:30 and follow with great food, prizes and conversation with your fellow healthcare communicators.

An invitation to the luncheon will be sent out mid-November. We hope to see you there!


Pam Davenport Honored with 2015 Award of Excellence

Pam Davenport, left, receives the 2015 Award of Excellence from USHCAM President Marissa Villasenor.

Pam Davenport, left, receives the 2015 Award of Excellence from USHCAM President Marissa Villasenor.

Pam Davenport, communications officer and lead public information officer for the Salt Lake County Health Department, was awarded USHCAM’s 2015 Award of Excellence at its September 3rd luncheon. The program, hosted by ARUP Labs, recognized Pam for her innovative leadership in adopting social media and using technology to improve the Department’s service to the public.

In 2008 Pam oversaw the launch of Utah’s first online restaurant inspection database. Salt Lake County residents embraced the site immediately, and it received over 68,000 visits in just a few hours. When the server crashed from the unexpected load, Pam framed that technological problem as evidence that the department was delivering exactly what the public wanted; what could have been a negative media story instead turned into a positive piece about the department’s effort to be accessible and transparent.

As the health department’s primary public information officer, Pam has also led a number of crisis communication efforts over the years, including successful responses to the H1N1 flu outbreak in 2009, the Salt Lake County measles outbreak in 2011, and the public health concerns present at the 2002 Olympic Games. Pam’s responsibilities go beyond the medical side of public health, too, and include responding to environmental concerns in the county. In 2005, she helped orchestrate the media coverage surrounding the arrival of Katrina refugees to Utah, as well as the health department’s response to the Red Butte Creek oil spill in 2010.

USHCAM salutes Pam for her efforts to improve the health of Salt Lake County residents through enhanced public health communication!


USHCAM Session at PRSA Spring Conference

USHCAM is again partnering with the Salt Lake City Chapter of PRSA to provide a session at their annual PR conference specific to healthcare communications. USHCAM is pleased to present Holly Korshun, Executive Director of Media Relations and Research Communications for Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center. Holly will discuss communications during treatment of the Ebola patient at their facility last year.

All USHCAM members are invited to attend this event, taking place Thursday, May 7th at the Salt Lake City Radisson.

Registration is now open. Make plans now to attend!


USHCAM 2014 Holiday Luncheon Announced

Join your healthcare communications colleagues at this year’s USHCAM Holiday Luncheon at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. The luncheon is set for Thursday, December 11, 11:30 a.m. registration with lunch to be served at Noon. Holiday prizes, food and frolic will be the order of the day. To RSVP, contact Jill Vicory, USHCAM members only, please.


USHCAM Joins with PRSA, IABC for Spring PR Conference

The USHCAM Board has partnered with PRSA and IABC to offer a healthcare crisis communications session as a part of the upcoming Utah PR Spring Conference. USHCAM has confirmed Dan Weaver, Media Relations Director at the University of Colorado Hospital to present a case study on their response to the Aurora movie theater shootings.

We hope you will join your communications colleagues across the state for this event on May 15 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. USHCAM members are invited to register at the member rate. See the following for registration info and more details on the program.

Utah PR Spring Conference

Presented by the Greater Salt Lake & Utah County chapters of PRSA and IABC Utah, this half-day conference is packed with expert training and networking opportunities with professionals in your area. (Bonus: Lunch is provided.)

You’ll hear from industry powerhouses Ann Wylie and Mickey Nall and choose from breakout sessions covering media relations, social media, professional development, and communications strategy.

Register now to get an early bird discount.
$110 for PRSA and IABC members
$130 for non-members
$50 for students

Leave the winter blahs behind. Join us at the 2014 Utah PR Spring Conference to gain new tactics, rediscover tried and true techniques, and renew your focus.

Utah PR Spring Conference
Thursday, May 15
Hilton Salt Lake City Center


Linda Aagard presented 2014 USHCAM Award of Excellence

USHCAM presented its 2014 Award of Excellence to Linda Aagard, Director of Public Affairs at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Linda was honored at our traditional summer lunchtime barbecue at Shriners Hospital in Salt Lake City on August 26.

Linda Aagard has been an outstanding public relations professional in the health care sector for the past 20 years. She began her communications career with the Utah Diabetes Association, then the Utah Hemophilia Society before joining Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) in 2001. As HCI’s chief public relations officer, Linda has worked tirelessly to inform the pubic about issues relating to cancer. In keeping with the HCI mission of outreach, education, and patient care, Linda has worked to communicate important cancer-related information to both the public and to internal audiences.

The Award of Excellence is USHCAM’s highest honor and recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the cause of increasing health awareness in Utah and advancing the profession. Past recipients include the following individuals:

2013—Bonnie Midget, Primary Children’s Hospital
2012—Bruce Jensen, Intermountain Healthcare
2011—Scott Williams, M.D., MountainStar Healthcare; Utah Dept. of Health
2010—Tamara Lewis-Sheffield, M.D., Intermountain Healthcare
2009—Linda T. Abel, BSN, MPA, Utah Dept. of Health
2008—Mary Nickles, KUTV/Check Your Health
2007—Pam Fogle, St. Mark’s Hospital/Ogden Regional Medical Center
2006—Janet Brooks, Primary Children’s Medical Center
2005—Ann Brillinger, University of Utah Health Sciences Public Affairs
2004—Lois Collins, Deseret Morning News
2003—Steve McDonald, Utah Department of Health
2002—Twinkle Chisholm, Lucky Dog Communications
2001—Pamela Atkinson, Intermountain Health Care
2000—John Dwan, University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics
1999—Ron Bouck, Utah Hospitals & Health Systems Association
1998—Ed Yeates, KSL-TV


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