For release October 6, 2017
Health Care Communicators of San Diego (HCCSD) recently presented its 2017 Finest Awards. First-, second- and third-place awards were presented in 34 categories, including advertising, PR, writing, collateral, video, special events, digital marketing and analytics.
Palomar Health received 26 awards, UC San Diego Health System won 21 awards, Sharp Healthcare took home five awards, AMN Healthcare followed by four awards, Scripps Health and Ignyte each won three awards, North County Health Services won two, and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute took home one award.
Aaron Byzak, Chief Strategist, Galvanized Strategies, was named Communicator of the Year. HCCSD said COTY winner was selected for his wide array of award-winning programs including The prescriptions Drug Abuse Task Force of San Diego County, The Health + Education + Research = Empowerment (HERE) Initiative at UC San Diego Health, Hazel's Army, and the creation of Urban Corps of San Diego County's first Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training program.
The Best in Show award went to UC San Diego Marketing and Communications for their Cancer Immunotherapy media relations campaign. Entrants included health care providers and companies, public health agencies and marketing firms. A complete list of winners can be found at www.hccsdfinest.org.
Also at the event, a $2,000 scholarship was presented to Tung Nguyen, a recent graduate from Patrick Henry High School who is now attending San Diego State University studying Biology. The scholarship is jointly presented by AMN Healthcare and HCCSD, recognizing one deserving San Diego County student each year who is interested in pursuing a career in health care.
HCCSD is a professional networking group for communications professionals who work in the health care, wellness, biotech, medical device, health information technology and pharmaceutical industries.