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.

2022 Individual Achievement Award Winner

Lisa Lesniak

Advocate Aurora Health


With nearly 20 years of experience developing highly strategic and integrated communications plans – including seven as a senior leader at Advocate Aurora Health, one of the country’s largest not-for-profit health systems – Lisa combines deep insight with tactical expertise. Whether she’s leading media relations and crisis communications, counseling our c-suite, overhauling a robust internal communications program for 75,000 team members or crafting tightly orchestrated communication plans that distill key messages to a wide array of internal, media, community and government stakeholders, Lisa excels at slicing through complexity to deliver information to the right audience at the right time.

She is also a highly engaged, authentic leader who has built a team of more than 50. She is a past Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, the region’s most prestigious civic leadership development program, and has served on the board of directors of the Public Relations Society of America. Lisa is a long-time ISHMPR member who regularly encourages her team of health care marketing and communications professionals to take advantage of the organization’s networking and educational opportunities. In 2021, Lisa guided Advocate Aurora Health to ISHMPR Pinnacle Awards of Excellence in the Issue/Crisis Management, Newsletter, and E-Marketing and Social Networking categories

Past Recipients:

2021 – Judy Winkler


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

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 16th, 2022.

To make a nomination please use our online Nomination Form.

If you have a question please contact Scott Lungwitz at

Self-nominations will not be accepted.

The award will be presented at the 2022 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.