Entry Deadline
Entry deadline of July 14th

Early Bird Special Deadline: Receive $10 off for submissions made by June 23rd

Notification of Winners
Will be identified by September 16th

Annual Conference & Awards Ceremony

November 2nd & 3rd

Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago, IL

ISHMPR members: $85 per entry

Early Bird Special: $10 off for submissions made by June 23rd

If paying by check, please make sure your organization’s name is clearly stated on the check and it is marked for Pinnacle Awards.

Checks should be made payable to ISHMPR and sent to:

McDaniels Marketing
Attn: Randy McDaniels
11 Olt Ave.
Pekin, IL 61554

To enter in the Pinnacles Awards, your 2017 membership must have been paid by June 1, 2017.  Your member user name and password allows you access into the entry system. 

Click here for Pinnacle Award entry submission information.

All submissions must be submitted by an ISHMPR member. This annual competition is open to all hospitals, healthcare systems, health-related organizations, agencies and freelance professionals located in Illinois. All agencies (within Illinois and out-of-state) should submit their entries on behalf of the Illinois healthcare organization(s) they represent. ISHMPR members may enter projects with the assistance of outside agencies as long as the member played a role in the development and implementation of the project.

Eligible projects must have been completed and/or implemented between May 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

There are 27 award categories in the 2017 Pinnacle Awards Program, including Animation, Marketing on a Shoestring Budget, Corporate Identity/Brand Management, Fund-Raising, Issue Management and Physician Relations and Recruiting.

Click here for a complete list and description of award categories.

Select the category that best fits the project. A stand-alone entry may also be entered in a more comprehensive category. Example: Television commercials may be entered in the Television Advertising category, and then also incorporated into an entry for the Integrated Marketing Campaign. A separate entry form and project description must be submitted for each entry.

Need inspiration? Check out 2016’s “Best In Show” winner.

View our June Sandwich Smarts Webinar to learn more and join the team of Silver Cross Hospital to learn how the Warren-Sharpe Community Garden/Urban Farm came to be with the help of the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission. And, hear about what went into making this Pinnacle submission stand out as “Best In Show.”

View the webinar recording here.

View the webinar slides here.

Submitting Your Entry

Before submitting the entry, a best practice recommendation is to use the Pinnacle Award entry submission information. This form includes all of the information that you will need to enter into the online system.

This year’s entries will be submitted online. To do this, log into your member page and select “PINNACLE ENTRIES”

1. Select “Submit an entry” and enter the required information in the open fields.

2. Upload any attachments for the project. This includes any necessary visuals, videos, or audio clips. Be sure to name each attachment.

3. After adding attachments, you may start a new entry, view entries, or proceed to the checkout.

You may pay online or print out the PDF to mail in your payment.

The Project Summary
Include a concise summary of 1,500 characters or less to introduce your project to the judges, including the following:

1. Objective: Provide a brief description of the entry, including its purpose and intended audience. Include any research done to help identify the need for this project.

2. Implementation: Brief description of the project strategy, the plan for circulation/distribution, the techniques, tools and other resources used to achieve the project’s objectives.

3. Results/Evaluation: Brief description of the how the objectives were achieved and measured, if applicable.

4. Cost: Include total cost of project and any additional explanation regarding appropriate use of resources or approaches to contain cost.

5. Project Team: Include the names of other agencies, vendors or people who helped with the project.

Use of Materials for Awards Presentation
Each year during the Awards Presentation, ISHMPR presents an audiovisual presentation of the winning entries. In order to facilitate this presentation, please include any necessary attachments to best demonstrate your work. The Pinnacle Awards Committee will disqualify any entry not prepared to specifications. The Pinnacle Awards Committee reserves the right to reclassify any entry determined to be entered in a wrong category. Entry fees will not be refunded. ISHMPR may retain entries for display purposes, including posting at www.ishmpr.org and on the ISHMPR Facebook page.

One (1) Award of Excellence and one (1) Award of Merit will be given in each Award category by hospital size: 100 beds or less; 101-299 beds; 300 or more beds. In addition, all entries may qualify for Honorable Mention in their given award category.

Contact Heidi Apperson at 217.762.1513. or happerson@kirbyhealth.org.

Click here to log in and submit your entry to the Pinnacle Awards.