Finest Awards

The Finest Awards event recognizes the best of our health care marketing and communications industry within Southern California. These awards recognize digital and traditional media, special events, and the metrics that measure success. Receipt of a Finest Award represents excellence in your field and line of work. 

Deadline for all entries for 2024 is March 1, 2024. 

Health Care Communicators of Southern California Announces

Finest Award 2023 Winners

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – May 12, 2023 – The Health Care Communicators of Southern California (HCCSC) Finest Awards were announced this afternoon recognizing excellence in marketing and communication in health care. 90 nominations were received from organizations throughout San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.

Gold, silver, and bronze awards were distributed in 35 categories, including public relations, digital marketing, writing, collateral, and special events. Winners were announced by Master of Ceremony Susan Taylor, Director of External Affairs at Scripps Health and included:

  • Tri-City Medical Center (12)
  • Scripps Health (9)
  • UC San Diego Health (7)
  • City of Hope Orange County (6)
  • Loma Linda University Health and Maricich Health (5)
  • LAGRANT Communications and CalOptima Health (3)
  • Lifesharing, Loma Linda University and UC San Diego (2)
  • Dexcom, IHA, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda University Health, Millennium Health, Reveille Inc and TrueCare – (1)

The Best in Show award went to Scripps Health, achieving the highest overall score among all entries.

One of the three HCCSC/AMN Healthcare Scholarship winners, University of California, San Diego student Nneoma Meremikwu was also at the event and received a $3000 check from Paulette Anest, Vice President, Clinical and Education Solutions at AMN Healthcare. The other two HCCSC/AMN Scholarship recipients were Azuza Pacific University student Matthew Campos and University of South Florida student Harshil Shah.

The Communicator of the Year Award went to Nisha Morris, Vice President, Marketing and Communication, City of Hope Orange County for many accomplishments. In the past year, Morris was responsible for opening the City of Hope Orange County Lennar Foundation Cancer Center, achieving off-the-chart metrics including first place for news coverage among all other regional cancer programs, a 25 percent increase in share-of-voice year over year and exceeding opening day expectations with 100 new patients all seeking City of Hope’s expert care the first day of operations.

ABOUT HEALTH CARE COMMUNICATORS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (HCCSC)

Formed in 1977, Health Care Communicators of Southern California is an organization committed to helping communicators and marketers fine-tune their professional skills and stay current with the ever-changing challenges of working in health care, health IT and the life sciences. HCCSC is the Southern California chapter of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development. SHSMD is a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association and is the largest and most prominent voice and resource for health care provider-based planners, marketers, and communications practitioners nationwide. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Visit us at www.hccsc.org.

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Finest Award Winners

Advertising: Ad Campaign

Gold, "Fading Immunity" Booster Campaign, Maricich Health

Silver, Hope Is Here, City of Hope

Bronze, OneCare 2022 Ad Campaign, CalOptima Health

Advertising: Direct Mail

Silver, Open Enrollment 2022 - Employee Direct Mail, UC San Diego Health

Advertising: Multicultural ad campaign

Silver, Vaccine & Booster: The Ultimate COVID-19 Warriors, LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS

Advertising: Online/Web

Gold, Scripps Health OE Performance Max Ads, Scripps Health

Bronze, "Fading Immunity" Booster Campaign, Maricich Health

Advertising: Outdoor

Silver, "Fading Immunity" Booster Campaign, Maricich Health

Bronze, Birthdays Start Here Billboard, Tri-City Medical Center

Bronze, Tiny Tots, LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS

Advertising: Radio

Bronze, Don’t Go Halfway, LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS

Advertising: Television

Silver, "Fading Immunity" Booster Campaign, Maricich Health

Analytics: Marketing Automation

Silver, Aging into Medicare Webinar Series, Scripps Health

Digital Marketing: Email Campaign

Silver, Scripps Pregnancy Customized Content Email Campaign, Scripps Health

Digital Marketing: Mobile Marketing

Silver, Scripps.org Chatbot, Scripps Health

Digital Marketing: Search Engine Marketing

Silver, Scripps Health Google Business Listing Optimization, Scripps Health

Digital Marketing: Social Media

Gold, Social Media Video Day Content Creation, Loma Linda University Health

Silver, Women in Medicine Month, Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Digital Marketing: Website (Intranet or Internet)

Gold, Qualcomm Premier Plans Provider Finder, Scripps Health

Silver, SOCALworkforce.org, SOCAL Partners

Bronze, Homepage Redesign, Scripps Health

Multi-Media: Interactive Media

Bronze, Scripps Health Facebook Chatbot "Ellie", Scripps Health

Multi-Media: Internal/External Video Programs

Gold, Ricki Rae's Journey, Loma Linda University Health

Silver, IHA's Personal Health Literacy PSA, IHA

Bronze, A Cultural Icon of Hope: A Wishing Tree Connects Two Campuses, City of Hope Orange County

Off the Wall

Bronze, Off the Leadership Wall, Tri-City Medical Center

Public Relations Campaigns: Community Relations

Gold, TrueCare Breast Milk Drive and Community Health Fair Campaign, TrueCare

Silver, "Welcome to Our Hometown", Lifesharing

Bronze, Fentanyl Awareness Campaign, Millennium Health

Public Relations Campaigns: Health & Wellness Advocacy

Silver, Communicating and educating about monkeypox, Loma Linda University Health

Public Relations Campaigns: Internal Communications

Gold, Building Culture and Engaging Staff During a $1B Expansion Project, City of Hope Orange County

Bronze, Campus Connection - Recently launched university-wide student newsletter, Loma Linda University

Public Relations Campaigns: Media Relations

Gold, Loma Linda University Health’s Tattoo Removal Program Loma Linda University Health

Silver, UC Health Milk Bank during National Formula Shortage, UC San Diego Health

Bronze, Hope is Here, City of Hope Orange County

Public Relations Campaigns: Multicultural Relations

Silver, SOCAL, SOCAL Partners

Bronze, The Light of Our Organ and Tissue Donor Heroes, Lifesharing

Public Relations Campaigns: Overall Campaign

Silver, Hope is Here, City of Hope Orange County

Bronze, CalFresh Campaign, CalOptima Health

Publications, Collateral & Design: Giveaway Items

Bronze, TCMC Employee Appreciation Gear, Tri-City Medical Center

Publications, Collateral & Design: Internal/External Magazines

Silver, San Diego Health Magazine, Scripps Health

Publications, Collateral & Design: Internal/External Newsletters

Gold, Community Connections, Tri-City Medical Center

Silver, UCSD Physician/ APP Update Newsletter, UC San Diego Health

Bronze, Leading the Way Every Day eNewsletter, UC San Diego Health, Office of Experience Transformation

Publications, Collateral & Design: Invitation

Silver, Old Hollywood Holiday Gathering Invitation, Tri-City Medical Center

Publications, Collateral & Design: Logo Creation/Brand Identity

Gold, SOCAL, Tri-City Medical Center

Silver, CalOptima Health Logo Design, Maricich Health

Publications, Collateral & Design: Posters

Silver, Old Hollywood Holiday Gathering Poster, Tri-City Medical Center

Bronze, Birthdays Start Here, Tri-City Medical Center

Publications, Collateral & Design: Special Publications

Gold, 2023 Report to the Community, CalOptima Health

Silver, Emergency Department at UC San Diego Health, La Jolla, UC San Diego

Bronze, Milestones for the Center of Health Innovation, UC San Diego

Special Events: Multi-day Event or Observance

Gold, Old Hollywood Holiday Gathering, Tri-City Medical Center

Special Events: Single-day Event or Observance

Gold, Rise Above Cancer, City of Hope Orange County

Silver, Psychiatric Health Facility Groundbreaking, Tri-City Medical Center

Special Events: Virtual Events

Gold, Dexcom 2022 Strategic Leadership Series, Dexcom

Silver, Loma Linda University's Virtual Open House 2022, Loma Linda University Health

Bronze, CEO Town Hall, UC San Diego Health

Writing: Feature Article

Silver, Family Medicine, UC San Diego Health

Bronze, What I’ve Learned as a Breast Cancer Survivor, UC San Diego Health

Writing: New Release/Pitch Letter

Gold, Shedding light on women’s heart failure, Loma Linda University Health

Silver, New research discovers treatment for diabetic neuropathy, Loma Linda University Health

Writing: Op-Ed/Editorial

Bronze, City of Hope Orange County WebMD op-ed, City of Hope Orange County

Best in Show

Scripps Health, Advertising: Online/Web, Scripps Health OE Performance Max Ads

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