2022 HCC Finest Awards



The Point

Mission Bay

Afternoon Agenda

11:30am | Networking & Registration

12:00pm | Luncheon & Awards Presentation

1:30pm | Networking Reception & Dessert Bar

Letter from Our President

It has been so wonderful to connect with this community over the past many years. I have found the strength and determination of you all to be an inspiration. You have continued to embrace change, bring excitement, and provide comfort through marketing and messaging. I look forward to celebrating with all of you for the achievements made this past year.

Over the past Covid years Health Care Communicators has sought to remain connected to our members through our Wine and Wisdom events. We’ve offered a few educational events like Creating Presentations that Persuade audiences and Generate Results. Additionally, we cross promote events held by others such as Biocom’s Celebrating Black History Month: Black Biotech Trailblazers in Life Science.

HCC continues to be committed at looking for ways to improve our offerings to the community. We strive to become a resource for sharing valuable connections amongst our peers in southern California. It brings me and our board members great joy to offer valuable networking and educational events to our colleagues in the health care marketing and communication industries.

Finally, a huge thank you to our sponsors and membership who have been incredibly supportive of HCC and our mission, we thank you greatly!


Christina Campo, HCC President

2022 Board of Directors

President - Christina Campo

Vice President - Susan Malecha

Treasurer - Arika Daniels

Secretary - Sandra De La Torre

Website Director - Callie Huza

Events Director - Ashleigh Farver

Sponsorship/Partnership Director - Angela Rivera

Communications Director - Jody Schneider

Nonprofit Incorporation

& SHSMD Affil. Director - Andrew Werts

Membership Director - Tara Kyman

Social Media Chair -  James Chisum

Scholarship Chair -  Poolak Forutanpour

Sponsorship/Partnership Chair - Jonathan Inman

2021 Scholarship Winner

Bryan Cheng, 2021 AMN Healthcare/HCC Scholarship winner, is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego and is attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a major in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. He is passionate about the field of global health and aims to aid communities where access to medical resources is limited or nonexistent. Throughout high school, he has volunteered on medical missions trips in the local area and beyond, including a pop-up clinic in Tijuana, Mexico and at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya, which have solidified his desire to enter the fields of medicine and global health. He hopes to become a physician and help people around the world gain access to medical care through both direct clinical work and investing in health care professionals who already practice in the regions with the most need. 

Master of Ceremony

Nicole Gomez

From Los Angeles, to Salt Lake City to San Diego, Nicole Gomez has covered a wide variety of news stories along the way.

Gomez’s career as a reporter launched upon graduation from the University of Southern California in 2007, where she accomplished a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism. She began her career in journalism in that same year, working as a traffic reporter for KTLA in Los Angeles.

Her first professional career recognition came while reporting for KSL5 News in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gomez was honored with the Society of Professional Journalists Award for “Best Consumer Report”.

Nicole is now part of the NBC 7 San Diego News Team, you can see her weekday mornings NBC7 News Today. Nicole also works as a general assignment reporter throughout the week.

Today's Awards

This year we received 111 entries from 20 different organizations. These entries are more creative, imaginative, resourceful, and successful every year. From ad campaigns, websites, videos, events, analytics, and public relations, everyone is a winner and should be honored and proud of their work this year. 

Communicator of the Year, known as the COTY award, is an esteemed recognition granted to an individual or individuals who made a lasting impact by advancing the profession of health care communications not only within their organization, but to the health care community.

Best in Show

One special awardee will take home the coveted “Best in Show”award, the entry with the single highest score.

Past Best in Show Winners

2020 Tri-City Medical Center, Tri-City Medical Center Brand Refresh-Branding Guide

2019 Scripps Marketing Scripps Whittier Diabetes Yellow Line Digital, Scripps Diabetes Outreach

2018 Studio K Communications, “For the Boys” written for Cedars-Sinai

2016/17 UC San Diego Marketing and Communications, Cancer Immunotherapy media relations campaign

2015/16 AMN Healthcare, 2015 Survey of Registered Nurses Multi-Channel Digital Campaign

2014 UC San Diego Health Sciences, Discoveries Magazine, Volume 5/2014

2013 Porter Novelli, The Bill Holmes Tower Opens at CHOC Children’s, Public Relations Campaign

2012 Palomar Health, Opening of the New Palomar Medical Center, Public Relations Campaign

2011 Scripps Health, Update Magazine

2010 San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine, “Pawsitive Pals” Video

Special Thank You to Our Judges

Once again, this year’s entries were judged by our colleagues at The New England Society of Healthcare Communications, NESHCo. We are grateful for their partnership and hard work to judge your entries this year. NESHCo is a premier membership organization for healthcare communication, marketing and public relations professionals in New England. To learn more, visit www.neshco.org.

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