The Individual Achievement Award is presented every year at the Fall Conference to a nominated ISHMPR member who has shown outstanding work in planning, marketing, or public relations/communications in the healthcare industry.

2021 Individual Achievement Award Winner

Judy Winkler

OSF HealthCare


Judy has been in healthcare marketing for 38 years and all of them at OSF HealthCare. She has worked her way up within the organization and even has had the pleasure of having direct reports. She has always embraced change and looks for new innovative ways to transition from traditional media to digital media. She has worked on many advertising campaigns, internal and external communications and websites.

She was also responsible for the opening events of many facilities. Her biggest marketing achievement was the opening of a $234million, 440,000-square-foot expansion that would contain the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, cardiac services and an expanded emergency department. From 2006-2010. Judy finds a way to balance her life with God, family and work. She also gives back to her community serving her church and other community volunteering opportunities.

Past Recipients:


2020 Erin Frank

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2019 – Joanne Sterioti


2018 – Scott Lungwitz


2017 – Randy McDaniels

2016 – Janet Stewart

2015 – Gene Vogelgesang

2014 – Patty Peterson

2013 – Geraldine Gustafson

2012 – Lynn Woller

Nominations are judged on each of the following:

Proven innovation in public relations or marketing. Demonstrated ability to produce outstanding work.

Enhancement of the healthcare marketing/public relations profession including participation in professional organizations at a leadership level, publication in professional literature or professional public speaking engagements. Willingness to share skills and help others learn and grow.

Personal qualities and leadership abilities, such as integrity, the ability to work with diverse groups, a record of motivating or mentoring others and exemplifying the values and ethics of healthcare marketing/public relations to people in other disciplines and fields. Examples from inside and outside of the workplace are welcome.

Community services/civic achievement on a local, regional or national level.


Submission Process

The deadline for submissions is September 24th, 2021.

To make a nomination please use our online Nomination Form.

If you have a question please contact Devin O’Brien at

Self-nominations will not be accepted.

The award will be presented at the 2021 Annual Fall Conference.


  • ISHMPR member in good standing
  • 10 or more years experience in planning, marketing, or public relations/communications, including at least five years of direct involvement in the healthcare industry.

Questions? Call Devin O’Brien (ISHMPR Immediate Past President) at 630-879-0010.