For the past three years, we have chosen our “Women’s Health Month” issue to highlight and honor several of the amazing women in the area who are making a difference around the corner and around the world.
These women are changing outcomes for individuals, institutions and for the larger population through hands-on care, diligent research, efficient and compassionate administration, intuitive leadership and effective policymaking. Within their specialty fields … and beyond … these women are well known and highly respected for their contributions.
Certainly our annual “Women to Watch” issue is one of the most anticipated of the year. We hear from our readers how much they enjoy reading the profiles and learning more about the amazing women in our own backyard.
We are absolutely thrilled with that type of feedback, since, in general, women still fly “under the radar” within our own community’s awareness of the impact they have on the healthcare industry. Over the years, Nashville has become an important player and thought leader in healthcare discussions around the country and the globe. In addition to the numerous impressive men who are seated at the table and spotlighted regularly by the media, Nashville Medical News is committed to drawing equal attention to the growing number of local women who are also leading the charge locally, nationally and internationally.
In this year’s group of 10 honorees, we have a past president of the 27,000-member American Association for Cancer Research, two women leading institutions charged with changing how we fight cancer, several who are battling the state’s notoriously poor health statistics by reaching out to the uninsured and underinsured, others who are training the next generation of physicians, one who has committed her life to helping those suffering from mental illness, several focused on the need for improved quality measures and one who never forgets the families of those who are ill. On top of that, these busy professionals are also devoted wives, mothers and community activists.
As this annual issue of the paper has grown … this year our 10 women are honored in a commemorative, eight-page insert … so has the community response. For the first time, we are hosting a breakfast to recognize our outstanding honorees. The Women to Watch event, presented by SunTrust and co-sponsored by the Nashville Health Care Council, will be held at The Hermitage Hotel Ballroom on May 29 from 7:30-9 a.m. Tables or individual tickets may be reserved on our Web site, www.nashvillemedicalnews.com, but please be aware that seating is limited. Commissioner Susan Cooper, one of last year’s honorees and the highest-ranking public health official in our state, is scheduled as our keynote speaker.
Also, if you know of a woman making a difference in healthcare that you would like to see honored next year, please go online and click on “My Medical News” where you’ll find a 2009 nomination form. We’ll be happy to hold those nominations until it’s time to begin working on next year’s issue.
As exciting as the Women to Watch issue always is for us, there are also many other new and noteworthy items in May. First is a change in ownership for us. We are now part of the growing SouthComm Communications family led by CEO Chris Ferrell.
For our readers, there won’t be a change in the in depth clinical and business news coverage we always provide. However, much like Centerstone through their merger (see page 1), we will enjoy improved back office efficiencies, enhanced technology, greater buying power and the opportunity for our advertisers to enjoy some cross-promotional opportunities with our sister publications the Nashville Post, The City Paper, Music Row and Business Tennessee.
A larger pool of media professionals also brings fresh, new ideas to the table. Soon we’re launching an exciting print and online tool to help you more effectively recruit physicians. As America’s largest network of trade healthcare newspapers, we are perfectly positioned to deliver qualified candidates to your door through our readership, which includes more than 70,000 physicians in the Southeast each month. Please contact me if you have jobs you’d like to post.
In the meantime, be sure to read all about effective tips for recruiting both physicians and healthcare executives in this month’s business focus beginning on page 6.
On a final note, we are constantly working to make sure our content gets to you in a timely manner that best suits your busy life … whether that be by printed word, online edition or e-mail alert. Please visit us at www.nashvillemedicalnews.com and click “Get Email Alerts” to receive notification when the new issue of Nashville Medical News is ready to download or there is breaking news or events of interest to you. We are moving in a deliberate fashion toward increasing our ability to communicate with our readers in an interactive manner.
Pam Mark Hall
Nashville Medical News