About Us

Welcome to the Illinois Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations

As an Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) affiliate, we are a group of healthcare marketing and communications professionals dedicated to offering networking, recognition, and educational opportunities for professionals in healthcare public and community relations, marketing, and affiliated services.

The Illinois Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations (ISHMPR) began in 1973 as a steering committee comprised of one public relations practitioner from each of the nine regions of the Illinois Hospital Association. Marketing professionals were formally included in the Society’s membership in 1987.

Today, the Society is made up of professional healthcare leaders from a variety of disciplines. Membership is open to all healthcare marketing professionals across the state. In addition, associate membership is offered for representatives of healthcare marketing and public relations firms and other related businesses. ISHMPR provides ample opportunities for the professional growth and development of its members. Learn about the unique opportunities an ISHMPR member has.

About Involvement in ISHMPR

The Illinois Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations (ISHMPR) enables you to accomplish several important professional objectives. As a member of ISHMPR, you have unique access to healthcare marketing awards, events, education, and community.

As an ISHMPR member, you can:

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Build Your Network Base:

Exchange new ideas and theories with members and other professionals in the field to widen your perspective and gain in-depth knowledge.

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Stay in Touch:

Through ISHMPR’s private Facebook group, you’ll keep abreast of everything from events throughout the state to critical national issues.

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Be Recognized:

Society members can earn recognition for creativity, hard work, and innovative ideas through our annual communications awards, The Pinnacle Awards.

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Help Chart Our Course:

Consisting of elected members, the ISHMPR Board of Directors is a policy-making body that meets as needed to conduct the Society’s business.

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Participate in ISHMPR:

In addition to periodic regional seminars, the annual fall conference is planned to educate, explore, and expand on current issues in the healthcare industry.


Interested in becoming part of the community? Our Society welcomes and looks forward to new members. As an ISHMPR member, you will gain access to unique healthcare marketing opportunities allowing you to blossom as an individual or organization. Learn more about our membership options.

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