SHSMD Announces 2018 Award Recipients

CHICAGO, Ill., September 19, 2018 – The Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD) today announced Larry Margolis, managing partner at SPM Marketing & Communications in La Grange, Ill., is the recipient of the 2018 SHSMD Leadership Excellence Award. The award is the highest honor a member can receive from SHSMD, a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association. Margolis was selected for this award based on outstanding achievements in the following areas:

  • Innovation in the practice of the strategy disciplines.
  • Enhancement of the profession.
  • Exceptional personal qualities and leadership abilities.
  • Career achievements and progression.
  • Stewardship.

In the words of his nominators:

“Larry has helped define and evolve the field and set a standard of excellence and ethical practice for health care strategy professionals.”

“There are few who possess the combination of innovative thinking, depth of knowledge, compassion and humanity as Larry.”

“It’s really not a job for (Larry); it’s a passion to make our organizations and all of us better in the pursuit to care for others.”

SHSMD Rising Star
SHSMD also announced Rebecca Blanken and Stephanie Roussell have been named recipients of the 2018 SHSMD Rising Star recognition for demonstrating strong achievement, potential for leadership, exceptional personal qualities and innovation. The SHSMD Rising Star Award is given to members under the age of 40 who are making a meaningful difference and are on a trajectory for future success within the health care strategy professions. Rebecca Blanken is director of support services and public relations for Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich., and Stephanie Roussell is marketing manager at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La.

The awards will be presented at the society’s annual conference, SHSMD Connections 2018, in Seattle, Wash., on October 8.

About the Organization

SHSMD is the largest and most prominent voice for health care strategists in planning, marketing, public relations, communications, business development and physician strategy. SHSMD is committed to leading, connecting, and serving its members to prepare them for the future with greater knowledge and opportunity as their organizations strive to improve the health of their communities. The society provides a broad and constantly updated array of resources, services, experiences and connections. For more information, visit

Brian Griffin
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