Global Healthcare Communications Summit

4-5 April, Toronto, Canada

Register now

Global Healthcare Communications Summit

Register now

4-5 April, Toronto, Canada

About the Event

Canada’s first ever global gathering of healthcare communications professionals will focus on PR and communications tactics and trends that will help you stay on top of the latest developments and technology trends.

Benefits of attending:

  • Master the latest trends in crisis and reputation management
  • Make great things happen online
  • Connect with hundreds of colleagues who are dealing with the same challenges as you
  • Prove the value of your communications strategies
  • Explore new ideas for launching your next generation communication and online strategies
  • Leverage the experience of others in the field

We strongly encourage you to bring your team. Contact us today for more info on our group discounts.

Who Should Attend:

The Global Healthcare Communications Summit is designed for healthcare executives from hospitals, health systems, group practices, integrated networks and health plans including:

  • Chief Communications Officers and Communications Directors
  • Public Relations and Public Affairs Directors
  • Web Directors, Webmasters and Web Team Members 
  • Chief Information Officers 
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • CRM Managers, Data Analysts

Book before February 8th to SAVE $400! Contact us today for more info on our group discounts.


Vincent J. Dollard, APR Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center.

Eileen Sheil Medtronic

Carrie Strehlau St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Kristen Dattoli Boston Children's Hospital

Mary Masson Michigan Medicine

Rebecca Priest Michigan Medicine

Keisha Ricks American Diabetes Association (ADA)

Cecilia Bloxom Canadian Patient Safety Institute

Elizabeth Borycki RN PhD, IAHIS University of Victoria

Agnes Bongers St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

Alexandria Anderson St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

Sao Bui-Van Channel 4



Registration and Morning Coffee


Chairman's Opening Remarks


State of Communications Measurement: Where Is It Going Next, and What Do You Need to Know Now?
Where is communications measurement heading? Which benchmarks do you need to scrap and which up-and-coming best practices will become critical to your success? This session will provide you with a look back at communicators’ progress in this arena—and more importantly, a look ahead at all of the work we still need to do.
Eileen Sheil, Executive Director, Corporate Communications, Cleveland Clinic


Lessons Learned From Ebola: How Emory Communicators Grappled With the Ebola Crisis in 2014
In this session, Emory University’s AVP University Communications will share with you how Emory managed the communications around the treatment of four Ebola patients in 2014. Nancy will reveal tips to help you prepare BEFORE the emergency hits, and how to quell public fear and misinformation that could spell disaster.
This session will also help you understand how to determine if your crisis really is a crisis, the best ways to prepare and collaborate with stakeholders, how and when to assemble the players and their roles, as well as, why the CEO must be front line with internal communications and tips for managing a torrent of media.
Vincent J. Dollard, APR, Associate Vice President for Communications, Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center


Build a Social Media Presence to Align Your Message with Your Market

- Explore evolving compliance and regulation around social media use to ease fear and anxiety
- Promote company culture as an incentive for recruitment and new growth
- Mine an internal ambassador group of employees to maximize incoming content and message sharing
- Discover what’s next for social media platforms to ensure you’re in the know
Carrie Strehlau, Senior Social Media Specialist, Communications, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


Interactive Discussion with Speakers and Delegates


Lunch for Speakers and Delegates


Case Study: First Canadian Live-Streaming of Kidney Transplant Reaches 36 Million People Around The World
How do you gain worldwide attention for a public health education campaign about kidney disease and the need for kidney organ donors? The Public Affairs team at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton enlisted the help of a team of surgeons and specialists for the first live streaming of a kidney transplant in Canada. The result was a reach of 36 million people around the world, 350,000 online same-day views and 3,000 real-time questions and comments. They won a national Canadian Public Relations Society award for the campaign.
Agnes Bongers, Director of Public Affairs, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
Alexandria Anderson , Senior Public Affairs Specialist, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton


Leading Large Scale Social Media Campaigns to Drive Change in Canadian Healthcare

For the past decade the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) has been running award winning social media and engagement campaigns targeted at providers and patients to ensure a safe healthcare experience.

From millions of impressions on Twitter to trending Podcasts on Itunes – Canadian Patient Safety Week has been recognized nationally by the Canadian Public Relations Society and Internationally from IABC as an outreach method that drives results for safer healthcare. Come and hear how CPSI puts these campaigns together to achieve maximum results.

Cecilia Bloxom, Senior ​​Director, Strategic Communications, Canadian Patient Safety Institute 


Interactive Discussion with Speakers and Delegates


Networking and Refreshment Break


Case Study: How Michigan Medicine Used a Content Marketing Strategy to Build Brand Reputation and Awareness Through Two Digital Platforms: and
Mary Masson, Director of Public Relations, Michigan Medicine
Rebecca Priest, Marketing Director, Michigan Medicine


Speaking the Brand: Engaging With Your Audience in a Way That is Personal to Them
Keisha Ricks, Senior Manager of Organizational Communications, American Diabetes Association


 Interactive Discussion with Speakers and Delegates


End of Day One


Morning Coffee


How Boston Children’s Hospital is Using Immersive Experiences to Elevate Their Research and Innovation Reputation Across the Globe
In this session Kristen discusses how traditional media engagement is no longer effective and will share strategies on how to develop compelling content takeovers to achieve the results your healthcare enterprise is looking for.
Kristen Dattoli, Sr. Manager, Media Relations & National Strategy, Office of Public Affairs, Boston Children's Hospital

10.45 Health Information Technologies: An Added Way to Communicate and Exchange Information with Citizens, Patients and their Families

- What are the types of HIT that are currently being used or are being implemented internationally to support health care?

- How can each of these technologies be used by health care organizations, citizens and families during routine and crisis situations?

- How can HIT support health care facility and patient family communication

Elizabeth Borycki RN PhD, IAHIS, Director - Social Dimensions of Health Program, Director - Health and Society Program, Professor - School of Health Information Science , University of Victoria


Interactive Discussion with Speakers and Delegates 


Intorduction to Sao Bui Van's Workshop


Lunch for Speakers and Delegates

13.00- 16.30

Full Day Interactive Workshop with Sao Bui Van, Director, Communications at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Key Communications Challenges for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

The cameraphone is rapidly enabling the public to dominate the conversation.  We explore how crisis communications is changing, and how you must adapt your crisis plan to meet these new challenges and ensure your reputation is protected.   Delegates will be invited to work on a fictitious, very challenging, but engaging scenario.  You will come under pressure as a very serious scenario develops and you will leave with take homes that will ensure you crisis communications plan is ready for today’s new challenges. 

In this session we will explore:
- Practical ways you can respond very quickly to avoid losing control of the narrative
- The need for rapid visibility of the Chief Executive or senior clinicians 
- How we can communicate visually in the age of the smartphone
- Handling media aggression in a crisis

Our partners


Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Canada

123 Queen Street West, Toronto  M5H 2M9 Canada  
+1 416-361-1000

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