Communications Department Win Awards


Winchester Hospital Honored at New England Society for Healthcare Communications 2012 Lamplighter Awards

Winchester Hospital’s Communications & Public Affairs Department was honored for excellence at the New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCo) 2012 Lamplighter Awards ceremony held on Thursday, May 17 at the Boson Marriot Long Wharf in Boston, MA. 

Winchester Hospital earned a Silver Award for its special publication – “Our First Century” – written by local historian Ellen Knight, Ph.D. The hospital also earned an Award of Excellence for internal communication efforts around its new “Breathe Free at Winchester Hospital” policy that made the hospital a tobacco-free organization.

Each year, NESHCo recognizes hospitals, agencies and healthcare facilities throughout New England for excellence in marketing, public relations and communications. The 2012 competition included more than 300 entries from more than 85 organizations. Entries were judged by the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations & Marketing Society.

"The Lamplighter Awards are the signature event that recognizes the best and brightest public relations, marketing and communications work from healthcare organizations throughout New England,” said Lee Reynolds Crouch, APR, president of NESHCo. “Once again this year, our entrants display their vast range of creative and visionary skills all while ensuring their work had measurable impact.”

NESHCo is the region’s premier professional development organization for communication professionals working in the healthcare industry. Based in Rowley, Mass., the organization is comprised of nearly 300 members throughout New England.

“It is an honor to receive such high praise from NESHCo,” said John Looney, director of communications and public affairs at Winchester Hospital. “We have a great team of talented communications professionals, all committed to sharing the Winchester Hospital story with the communities we serve.”

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital is the first community hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet® recognition, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highest honor for nursing excellence. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, radiation oncology, gastroenterology, urology, gynecologic urology, rehabilitation, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit