HealthLeaders Media Marketing Weekly - September 8, 2010 | Rush University Medical Center Lets Its Doctors Do The Talking
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Rush University Medical Center Lets Its Doctors Do The Talking
Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media

Last month I wrote about how ABC reality series Boston Med enhanced the reputations of three Massachusetts hospitals by allowing physicians to speak off the cuff. But if your organization doesn't have a reality show in its future, you can still garner similar publicity by allowing your doctors' and staff's personality to shine through your advertising. Rush University Medical Center did just that with its "Rush Stories" campaign. [Read More]
  September 8, 2010


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