The Kansas City Healthcare Communicators Society (KCHCS) is dedicated to assisting communicators who work in or have an interest in the health care field continue their professional development by increasing their understanding of the industry and their role in it.

In today's highly competitive and fast-changing health care world, KCHCS provides members with a unique opportunity to collaborate with their peers throughout the Greater Kansas City area.

Benefits include educational programs that are offered to members through luncheon or breakfast meetings, as well as at an annual half-day seminar. While topics often focus on the communicator's role in a changing health care industry, programs also include more general marketing and communications topics. In addition, KCHCS offers unique networking opportunities through social activities.

For more information contact 2015 KCHCS President Mallory Laur at (913) 676-2299; or KHA liason Cindy Samuelson or MHA liason Beth Morell.

KCHCS Is Accepting Membership
      Applications for 2015

Download the KCHCS 2015 Membership Application and share it with others you think would be interested. Our membership dues are $75 for a year's membership. We are looking forward to a great 2015!

Register Today for Our First KCHCS Meeting!

Please mark your calendars for our first meeting on Feb. 18 at the Kansas City Star. RSVPs are due to Jan Fenwick by Monday, Feb. 16. You are encouraged to bring a friend or colleague to any of our meetings who may be interested in joining KCHCS – their first meeting is free! When you RSVP, please designate who is a guest.

As a reminder, scholarship applications for membership and education are due by Friday, Feb. 6. Please download the forms for more details.

The Making of a Docu-Series: “Inside Pediatrics” at Children’s Mercy
Speakers: Laurie Ellison, Stacie Cronberg and Jake Jacobson

Wednesday, Feb. 18
11:30 a.m. Networking and Lunch
Noon Presentation

The Kansas City Star – Pressroom Pavilion at 16th and McGee

Please see the map for directions. Free parking is available on 17th Street or in Star Lot #1.

The Making of a Docu-Series: “Inside Pediatrics” at Children’s Mercy
Inside Pediatrics is a six-part documentary that aired in December 2014 on KMBC-TV Kansas City. The series, filmed over three months at Children’s Mercy, followed more than two dozen patients and families as they sought health and healing from one of the country’s leading pediatric hospitals. The camera followed the families into the hospital’s specialty care clinics, consult rooms, emergency room and operating room. At the KCHCS meeting, hear from the Communications and Marketing team members who shepherded this enormous undertaking from concept to completion. Learn how they selected story lines, worked with staff and families, and aggressively promoted the series across multiple channels. Find out how they measured success and, if asked to do it all again, what they would do the same, and what they would change.

Laurie Ellison Laurie Ellison, Senior Director
Laurie began at Children’s Mercy in 2010, after more than 25 years’ experience in media and public relations. Her career includes more than a decade in state politics, including serving as press secretary for a successful gubernatorial campaign and spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Health. In the second act of her career, Laurie moved to Corporate America where she directed communications and media for Sprint’s local division and later headed up communications for Applebee’s International. Prior to joining Children’s Mercy, Laurie was senior vice president at Fleishman-Hilliard where she specialized in crisis media and corporate reputation management. She received undergraduate degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her executive MBA from Rockhurst University.

Stacie Cronberg Stacie Cronberg, Marketing Manager
Stacie Cronberg is a Service Line Marketing Manager at Children’s Mercy Kansas City with more than 15 years of marketing experience. She brings a fresh perspective to health care marketing, tapping into her years of strategic marketing experience in the legal realm, higher education and non-profit entities. One of Stacie’s great passions is helping children and families in need, making Children’s Mercy the perfect fit for the next chapter of her career. In her current role, she works with the exceptional caregivers at Children’s Mercy, courageous kids and determined parents, to share inspiring stories and remarkable innovations that are helping to transform the future of health care for children. Stacie has served on the executive board and volunteered with Community LINC, is a licensed foster-parent, and enjoys mission trips and community service projects locally and abroad.

Jake Jacobson Jake Jacobson, Media Manager
Whether in his current role at Children’s Mercy Kansas City or previously as a Kansas City Star editor and Garmin's social media manager, Jake has always enjoyed meeting people, learning from and about them, sharing their stories and connecting them with others. At Children’s Mercy, Jake introduces brave kids and brilliant doctors to an ever-growing audience through national editorial coverage and social media. Children’s Mercy showcases its doctors and service lines through monthly Twitter chats, and Jake has enjoyed empowering these experts and bolstering the hospital’s reputation. When he’s not refreshing Twitter (@JakesJournal), Jake enjoys volunteering for MS Society, Arthritis Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Boys & Girls Clubs, and being a cheerleader for all things KC.

Wednesday, April 8 (please note the date correction)
Wednesday, June 10
Wednesday, Aug. 12
Friday, Oct. 9 – Fall Conference


2015 KCHCS membership applications are due to Jan Fenwick (KCHCS, Attention Jan Fenwick, 215 SE 8th Ave., Topeka, KS 66603-3906) by Wednesday, April 1.

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This training is designed to help employees safely lift and properly transfer patients. There is no cost to participate. For more information, contact Ronni Anderson at (785) 233-7436.
This training is designed to help employees safely lift and properly transfer patients. There is no cost to participate. For more information, contact Ronni Anderson at (785) 233-7436.
For more information regarding this event, contact Amy Fluke at (785) 233-7436 or afluke@kha-net.org.
For more information on the program, contact Chrisy Madden, KHA Education Department, (785) 233-7436 or cmadden@kha-net.org.
This training is designed to help employees safely lift and properly transfer patients. There is no cost to participate. For more information, contact Ronni Anderson at (785) 233-7436.