Communicator of the Year Award

The Communicator of the Year award is the highest honor given each year in recognition of outstanding and successful health care professionals. Eligible nominees are individuals who consistently demonstrate excellence in health care communications through service to their organization and/or the health care industry as a whole. The COTY award is open to all professionals at any level, working in a marketing/communication capacity in health care or other health-related field in San Diego and Imperial Counties. This includes professionals from public relations, marketing, advertising, health care or media professions. The COTY award is given each year at the Finest Awards event.

2015/16 COTY Award Recipient

Dawn Anderson, Vice President of Client & Corporate Marketing
AMN Healthcare

Dawn has more than 20 years in healthcare, working with hospitals, health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, and healthcare staffing – organizations that span the healthcare industry. Her accomplishments include streamlining the communication between client marketing, sales, account management and proposal teams at her organization—including the creation of a Sales Toolkit for the sales team. She spearheaded the creation of a corporate SEO strategy resulting in an increase in page 1 rankings. Dawn built corporate thought leadership channels to promote her organization as the innovator in healthcare workforce solutions and positioned key executives as industry thought leaders. She created a multi-channel approach to disseminate vital information as it pertains to the future of the healthcare workforce, garnering media coverage from top publications like Fast Company and USA Today, as well as key healthcare trade publications including Modern Healthcare and Becker’s Hospital Review. Dawn led all internal and external corporate communication efforts, as well as the marketing integration, for several acquisitions over the last two years. In addition to all of her hard work, and her focus on driving results, Dawn also champions her team and supports their growth and successes. She partners closely with company leadership and her peers across the organization to ensure strategies are aligned. Most of all, she is able to bring together diverse perspectives to achieve the common goal of delivering for clients, so they can focus on what matters most – the patient. 

Past COTY Award Recipients

2014/15 - Mary Ball, Alzheimer's Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties

2013 - Mike Godfrey, Scripps Health

2012 - Jennifer Decker Arevalo, UC San Diego Health System

2011 - Kim Kennedy, UC San Diego Health System

2010 - Todd Miller, Sharp Healthcare

2009 - Carol Burke, AMN Healthcare

2008 - Jean Hitchcock, Scripps Health

2007 - Cheryl Moder, San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative

2006 - Don Stanziano, Scripps Health

2005 - Carol LeBeau, KGTV News Anchor and Health Care Reporter

2004 - Debra Kelley, American Lung Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties

2003 - Gustavo Friederichsen, Palomar Pomerado Health

2002 - Judith Yates, Health Care Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties

2001 - Michael Bardin, Scripps Health

2000 - David Owens, Palomar Pomerado Health

1999 - CeCe Wilkens, Wilkens Communications

1998 - Maureen Wisener, Paradise Valley Hospital

1997 - Mark Morelli, Children’s Hospital

1996 - Jim McBride, Kaiser Permanente

1995 - Sharon Ross, Palomar Pomerado Health

1994 - Diane Gage, Sharp HealthCare

1993 - Micki Stockalper, Stock/Alper & Associates

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