Holly Lawton Joins Dobies Healthcare Group as Senior Writer/Project Manager

Portrait of Holly Lawton, Senior Writer/Project Manager

Holly Lawton, Senior Writer/Project Manager

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – This week, Dobies Healthcare Group, a healthcare-specialized marketing, branding and advertising firm, welcomed Holly Lawton to the creative team as Senior Writer/Project Manager.

Lawton works with strategy, client services and other creative managers to develop multimedia content and communications for integrated health marketing campaigns. She will concept, write, edit and manage copy for creative campaigns, public relations and content marketing initiatives across a wide variety of media and channels, including television, radio, video, podcast, digital, web, print, search marketing and social media.

“Holly’s writing skillset, versatility and leadership abilities are a great fit for our creative team,” said Diane Morgan, Director of Content Development. “She is passionate about the power of engaging, consumer-focused content in healthcare, and she has a proven ability to connect messaging to strategy, which is very important to our work as a strategy-first marketing firm. She will be a tremendous asset for our clients and our team.”

Lawton worked for media organizations in Kansas City, St. Louis and Portland, Ore., before transitioning to marketing and advertising in 2011. Her most recent full-time position was Manager of Creative for YellowFan Studios, Sprint’s in-house agency. Her experience also includes developing and managing content for Sprint’s digital marketing team, greyhealth group and VML.

Additionally, Lawton has also held numerous positions on the board of the Kansas City chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, including president, and she is an active member of Social Media Club of Kansas City and Central Exchange. An Oklahoma City native, Lawton graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism and has lived in Kansas City since 2000. Through her commitment to local community service, Lawton also enjoys volunteering for The Rescue Project and KCK Pet Help.

“I’m truly honored to be part of a team with such great people and great vision at Dobies Healthcare Group,” Lawton said. “There are amazing stories to be told here. It’s so gratifying to help our clients change people’s lives and improve the way people think about health.”

About Dobies Healthcare Group

Since 1992, Dobies Healthcare Group has offered highly specialized expertise in healthcare marketing strategy, branding and creative communications. The Kansas City-based company serves the marketing and branding needs of the entire health industry, from hospitals, health systems and payers to medical device manufacturers, associations, certifying boards and others.

Dobies Healthcare Group Named Healthy KC Company for Third Straight Year

Emblem signifying Dobies Healthcare Group’s gold certification as a Healthy KC CompanyKANSAS CITY, Mo – For the third consecutive year, Dobies Healthcare Group has earned certification as a Healthy KC company for excellence in workplace wellness.

The Kansas City-based healthcare marketing firm received Gold honors in 2018. This recognition comes from the Healthy KC Workplace Wellness initiative, a program created in 2014 by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and other regional health and wellness leaders.

The Healthy KC program assesses the steps a company takes to support health and wellness across five Pillars of Health: nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation, work-life integration and design-build environment. Workplace wellness at Dobies Healthcare Group includes exercise bikes, standing work areas, balance balls, and a special space dedicated to letting employees share articles, infographics and other communications with healthy lifestyle tips. Walking and standing meetings are encouraged, and the company hosts quarterly lunch-and-learns to provide expert guidance on such topics as nutrition, exercise, meditation and work-life integration.

Dobies Healthcare Group also launched a “green” paper-saving initiative in the workplace in 2017. While it has long been customary for their employees to recycle paper, the new initiative is about lowering paper usage overall by encouraging use of employees’ portable laptops at internal meetings (versus bringing printouts and taking notes on paper), and to print double-sided whenever possible. From January through June 2018, the company reduced its paper use by 17 percent—including a 43 percent reduction in color copies—compared to the same period in 2017.

“Contributing to a healthy environment, both inside and outside the office, is very important to our employees,” said Carol Dobies, Founder and CEO, adding that the company’s mission is to inspire better health decisions locally, nationally and even globally. “We are honored to be recognized for promoting workplace wellness while doing our part to protect the environment.”

In addition to promoting health and wellness within its office, Dobies Healthcare Group also brings its healthy culture into the community through its Apple a Day program.

About Dobies Healthcare Group

Since 1992, Dobies Healthcare Group has offered highly specialized expertise in healthcare marketing strategy, branding and creative communications. The Kansas City-based company combines strategic thinking with creative communication to create healthier brands across the entire healthcare industry, from hospitals, health systems, physician groups, and payers to medical device manufacturers and distributors, pharmaceutical firms, associations, certifying boards and more.

Dobies Healthcare Group Launches Division Focused on Advancing Rural Health

A sunkissed image of a family in a rural landscape.KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dobies Healthcare Group, a strategy-first healthcare marketing firm, has launched dhgstudio+, a new division focused exclusively on the unique marketing needs of rural and critical access hospitals.

To keep pace in an evolving healthcare industry, rural hospitals and clinics must focus on improving patient experiences, delivering better outcomes and optimizing revenue opportunities. Future sustainability also requires greater emphasis on keeping people healthy, as opposed to the traditional focus on treating illness and injury. However, most rural hospitals and clinics face significant roadblocks along this path, including restricted budgets, limited internal resources and even provider shortages that limit the access they provide.

That’s where dhgstudio+ comes in, say the leaders of Dobies Healthcare Group, who developed the new service line to scale the firm’s advanced healthcare marketing strategy and branding expertise to meet the unique needs and address the unique challenges of rural providers.

“Our healthcare marketing experts understand the shifting healthcare landscape, and within it, we see new opportunities to create healthier communities,” explains Julie Amor, president and chief strategy officer for Dobies Healthcare Group. She says rural hospital leaders can create long-term sustainability by engaging people with innovative programs and partnerships that keep quality healthcare local. dhgstudio+ is designed to inform and support such efforts.

Services, which range from strategic guidance to creative advertising with many offerings in between, are provided at a flat-rate fee to accommodate each client’s fixed monthly budgeting needs. “With dhgstudio+, rural hospitals have affordable access to our healthcare marketing team,” says Amor. “It’s like having their own fully staffed marketing department, but at a much lower cost.”

Carol Dobies, founder and chief executive officer, says dhgstudio+ aligns with the firm’s mission of combining strategic marketing and creative communication to create healthier brands – and to make a difference in how people think about health. “We are passionate about the essential role rural providers play in creating healthier communities,” says Dobies. “The same strategy-first healthcare marketing expertise we provide to large health system clients is now available to rural providers with limited resources, and we are committed to supporting their needs.”

For more information about dhgstudio+ or the complete scope of healthcare marketing, branding, advertising and PR services provided by Dobies Healthcare Group, call 816.595.6723.

About Dobies Healthcare Group

Since 1992, Dobies Healthcare Group has offered highly specialized expertise in healthcare marketing strategy, branding and creative campaigns. The Kansas City-based company serves the marketing needs of the entire healthcare industry, from hospitals, health systems and payers to medical device manufacturers, associations, certifying boards and others.

Adam Lee Joins Dobies Healthcare Group as Client Services Manager

Portrait of Adam Lee, Client Services Manager

Adam Lee, Client Services Manager

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dobies Healthcare Group, a healthcare-specialized marketing, branding and advertising firm, has hired Adam Lee as its new Client Services Manager.

In this role, Lee works with clients to ensure the on-time, on-budget execution of deliverables, including marketing, branding and advertising initiatives that align with the firm’s strategy-first approach. Lee brings more than a decade of healthcare marketing and communications experience to the team, including the planning and execution of integrated marketing campaigns, public relations and social media for healthcare corporations, agencies and associations. His specialized skillset and expertise will undoubtedly enhance brand, marketing and advertising initiatives for clients of Dobies Healthcare Group.

“Adam’s extensive background in healthcare communications, coupled with his agency and client service experience, will greatly benefit the organizations we serve,” said Thom Ludtke, Vice President of Creative & Client Services. “His role will further enhance our team’s ability to provide the highest standard of strategic thinking and creative communications for healthier brands.”

Lee’s professional background includes proven success in strategic communications for such organizations as Cerner Corporation, greyhealth group and the American Academy of Family Physicians, among others. He says he is excited to become part of the team of experts at Dobies Healthcare Group.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to work with a healthcare marketing firm founded on strategy—something I thrive in,” said Lee. “I’m excited to apply my talents in marketing, communication, project management and strategic planning to elevate our clients’ brands.”

About Dobies Healthcare Group

Since 1992, Dobies Healthcare Group has offered highly specialized expertise in healthcare marketing strategy, branding and creative communications. The Kansas City-based company serves the marketing and branding needs of the entire healthcare industry, from hospitals, health systems and payers to medical device manufacturers, associations and certifying boards.

Students Gain Nutritional Know-How Through Apple a Day Program

Cristo Rey Kansas City students show off the apples they received as part of the Apple a Day program.

Cristo Rey Kansas City students show off the apples they received as part of the Apple a Day program.

April 4, 2018 – Dobies Healthcare Group and Natural Grocers returned to Cristo Rey Kansas City today to educate high school students on healthy food choices. The Apple a Day program, which launched last year, pairs corporate sponsors with schools to provide apples and nutrition education to local children, teens and families.

The event kicked off Cristo Rey’s Health Day, when students can participate in a variety of interactive programs related to health, fitness, safety and wellness. Each student received a fresh, organic apple and a nutritional flyer from the Dobies Healthcare Group team before listening to a presentation on healthy eating by Brooke Seiz, Nutritional Health Coach at Natural Grocers. Seiz, a graduate of the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, CO, is board certified by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and currently pursuing additional training in functional medicine and counseling psychology.

View more photos from the event on Facebook. Companies interested in sponsoring a school through the Apple a Day program can contact Dobies Healthcare Group online or by calling at 816.753.3336 for more information.

About Dobies Healthcare Group

Since 1992, Dobies Healthcare Group has offered highly specialized expertise in healthcare marketing strategy, branding and creative communications. Our Kansas City-based company serves the marketing and branding needs of the entire healthcare industry, from hospitals, health systems and payers to medical device manufacturers, associations and certifying boards. Together, we combine strategic marketing with creative communications to create healthier brands.

Dobies Healthcare Group Achieves Healthy KC Company Certification Again in 2017

Emblem signifying Dobies Healthcare Group’s silver certification as a Healthy KC CompanyKANSAS CITY, Mo – Dobies Healthcare Group, a healthcare marketing firm located in downtown Kansas City, has been certified as a Healthy KC Company for the second consecutive year. This recognition comes from the Healthy KC Workplace Wellness initiative, a program created in 2014 by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and other regional health and wellness leaders.

“We are very proud to be among the growing number of local companies who are making workplace wellness a priority,” said Julie Amor, President and Chief Strategy Officer at Dobies Healthcare Group, adding that the company’s mission is to inspire better health decisions locally, nationally and even globally. “That health-positive philosophy is deeply embedded in every aspect of our work and highly embraced in our culture.”

Thank you to @WeAreHealthyKC & 200+ local companies creating a #CultureOfHealth in Kansas City. Click To Tweet

In addition to the traditional furnishings one expects to see in any workplace, the offices at Dobies Healthcare Group include exercise bikes, standing work areas, balance balls, and a special space dedicated to letting employees share articles, infographics and other communications with healthy lifestyle tips. Walking meetings are encouraged, and the company regularly hosts lunch-and-learns to provide expert guidance on such topics as nutrition and work-life integration.

Amor says the company is continuously adding to its workplace wellness initiative with a goal of more comprehensively – and creatively – supporting employee health and wellness. Earlier this year, the company launched its Apple a Day program, which provides opportunities for employees to inspire healthier eating habits in others by giving apples and nutritional information to students at local schools.

The KC Chamber reports that the number of Healthy KC Certified companies has nearly doubled since 2015. “We applaud the Healthy KC Commission for engaging local companies in finding ways to create a healthier workforce,” said Amor. “It is so exciting to see how the program has grown, and it is truly an honor to contribute to a culture of health and wellness that is coming to life across Greater Kansas City.”

About Dobies Healthcare Group

Since 1992, Dobies Healthcare Group has offered highly specialized expertise in healthcare marketing strategy, branding and creative communications. The Kansas City-based company combines strategic thinking with creative communication to create healthier brands across the entire healthcare industry, from hospitals, health systems, physician groups, and payers to medical device manufacturers and distributors, pharmaceutical firms, associations, certifying boards and more.

Dobies Healthcare Group Strengthens Strategy-First Approach with Appointment of New President

Portrait of Julie Amor, MHA, President & Chief Strategy Officer of Dobies Healthcare Group

Julie Amor, MHA, President & Chief Strategy Officer of
Dobies Healthcare Group

As Dobies Healthcare Group celebrates its 25th year, the healthcare marketing and branding company, led by Founder and Chief Executive Officer Carol Dobies, has named Julie Amor, MHA, as President. Amor’s appointment further elevates the firm’s ability to deliver market-leading strategies and measurable results to its clients.

In her new role, Amor will implement corporate growth strategies, manage work force strategies, expand firm offerings, enhance the company’s social purpose initiatives and oversee corporate policies. In addition, she will continue her role as Chief Strategy Officer, working directly with clients to develop competitive marketing and positioning strategies.

As CEO, Dobies continues to lead the Kansas City-based organization, known for its unique, strategy-first approach to healthcare marketing, branding and advertising. Completing the company’s executive leadership team is Thom Ludtke, who joined the company in 2014 and continues to serve as Vice President of Client Services.

“With the rapidly changing healthcare landscape, the timing was right to divide my responsibilities as president and chief executive officer,” said Dobies. “Since joining Dobies Healthcare Group three years ago, Julie’s influence on the culture and direction of the firm has been very positive. I am confident she will translate her unwavering commitment to our mission and vision into strategic growth for the company for years to come.”

Amor has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare strategy, marketing, branding and operations. Prior to Dobies Healthcare Group, she was Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communication, at The University of Kansas Hospital (now the University of Kansas Health System). There, she led the transformation of the hospital’s identity and established its market-leading brand position, and she was also responsible for strategic and operational execution of the hospital’s corporate communication, internal branding, affiliation-related integration and employee engagement. Amor earned her Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree from Park University after completing her bachelor’s in Marketing Communications from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Before KU, Amor was with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. Additionally, her commitment to the community is exemplified by her role as Chair of the Nominating Committee, Board of Directors, for Kansas City Public Television (KCPT) since 2009.

When asked about her new appointment, Amor said:

“I have dedicated my career to authentic marketing communication as a cornerstone of corporate strategy. I am honored to now serve as President of Dobies Healthcare Group to develop and expand our corporate growth strategy as a nationally recognized healthcare marketing, branding and advertising firm. As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, the need to combine an aligned, shared vision with highly strategic thinking is a critical differentiator, not only to our success and sustainability, but for the success of our clients. I enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to further develop and execute toward the company’s vision of creating healthier brands across the healthcare industry.”

About Dobies Healthcare Group

Since 1992, Dobies Healthcare Group has offered highly specialized expertise in healthcare marketing strategy, branding and creative communications. The Kansas City-based company combines strategic thinking with creative communication to create healthier brands across the entire healthcare industry, from hospitals, health systems, physician groups, and payers to medical device manufacturers and distributors, pharmaceutical firms, associations, certifying boards and more.

#ThrowbackThursday: A Look Back at 25 Years in Healthcare Marketing & Branding

Dobies Healthcare Group 25 Year Anniversary logoIf you know me personally, then my enthusiasm for a ubiquitous trend like #ThrowbackThursday may seem out of character – but, then again, this is no ordinary Thursday. Later today, my team and I will graciously welcome many guests to our 25th anniversary celebration here at Dobies Healthcare Group.

As a company, we have been creating healthier brands for 25 years and counting. It has been an amazing journey so far, one we are very eager to continue because we know the best is yet to come. Right now, healthcare is filled with extraordinary potential. An industry long known for slow change is now on the cusp of rapid reinvention. As the centuries-old paradigm of sick care transforms into lifecare, industry leaders everywhere are taking action to create healthier populations – making it their mission to keep people healthy rather than just being there to treat them when they’re sick.

So, as I reflect on 25 years of doing what I love – what WE ALL love – today marks the ultimate Throwback Thursday. I’ve learned a lot over the years, and it’s striking to me how many lessons from a quarter-century ago are still relevant today, and how many are not.

For example, 25 years ago, the notion of publishing quality ratings was just getting started. Marketing was still viewed as a department like any other, and social media, of course, did not exist. Company culture was rarely discussed in the same sentence as brand and, perhaps most notably, it was unheard of to create a healthcare business model with consumers at the center of all strategic decisions and planning. Today, this approach, while fledgling, is taking hold across the industry – from rural critical access hospitals and local community health plans to large academic medical centers and national carriers. Even B2B companies and non-provider healthcare entities place a greater focus now on keeping people healthy, as they look to acquire new companies and partnerships that extend their brand promises in ways that make the most meaningful impact on the greatest number of lives.

Today, we work with clients all across the healthcare spectrum on these and many other strategies to help them revitalize their brands, amplify their share of voice and become market leaders. We have a formalized corporate social engagement strategy and encourage our clients to adopt a social purpose of their own. And through it all, we have championed our unique “strategy-first” approach to healthcare marketing and branding because that’s our superpower. We come to work every day to make a difference in how people think about health – that’s been our top driver every single day…for 25 years and counting.

On a personal note, I’d like to express my deepfelt thanks to all the clients, vendors, partners, employees, associates, freelancers and others I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years. I hope to see all of you at the celebration later today.

About the Author

Carol Dobies, CEO and Founder of Dobies Healthcare GroupCarol Dobies is the CEO and Founder of Dobies Healthcare Group, where she has been bringing healthcare brands to life for 25 years. Share your thoughts with her by tweeting @DobiesGroup or commenting on our Facebook page.

Dobies Healthcare Group Gives Back to Promote Better Health in Kansas City

Holiday_scavenger_hunt_groupThe holiday season is in full swing and things are busier than ever at Dobies Healthcare Group. Despite all the hustle and bustle, we still manage to find time every year to give back and promote better health in our community through our annual holiday scavenger hunt.

Keeping with tradition, this year’s philanthropic team-building activity incorporated our three-part process for healthcare marketing: Discover, Connect, Promote.  Like previous years, we split into teams to solve clues and determine which worthy cause Dobies Healthcare Group would be supporting during this season of giving. However, this year’s event had a twist. Instead of traditional clues, each team received only a series of GPS coordinates to find four mystery destinations. The first set of coordinates brought us all to one place to kick off the festivities together – from there, each team hit their coordinates separately.

We used our digital devices and mobile apps to quickly discover the locations. Then we came together at the end of the day to connect the dots and figure out which worthy cause Dobies Healthcare Group would donate to in 2015. Turns out, when we unscrambled the first letters in the names of all our scavenger hunt destinations, we formed the word C-U-L-T-I-V-A-T-E…and that’s when we learned our company’s annual community give-back funding is going to Cultivate Kansas City this year.

Cultivate Kansas City promotes a healthier, more economically and environmentally sustainable community by creating community-based farms that supply nutritious items to people in and around Kansas City. Promoting nutrition is one of several pillars of health that we plan to embrace more than ever in the coming New Year and beyond, so we are happy for the opportunity to support this cause.

As the newest employee at Dobies Healthcare Group—and someone who serves on the Board of Directors for a local nonprofit that focuses on bridging the gap between volunteers and our community—I was inspired to see how much my company cares about giving back and promoting a culture of good health in our city. I recommend all businesses, especially healthcare companies, look for opportunities to support organizations with missions and visions that serve local communities.

By creating a culture of corporate social responsibility and giving to causes that employees are passionate about (e.g. supporting local, healthy food sources), companies boost employee morale and improve connections with members of the community. I encourage healthcare leaders to make time for staff to “give back” each year, regardless of how hectic the office workload may seem. Your employees, customers and community will be better off because of it.

 

Giving Thanks for a Job Well Loved

Giving Thanks I speak for all of us at Dobies Healthcare Group when I say this: we LOVE what we do at work every day. As healthcare marketing strategists, artists, storytellers, brand-builders and more, we feel very fortunate that our work empowers us to make a difference. While marketers everywhere have the opportunity to strengthen brands and connect people to products and services, not every marketer can say inspiring others to make their health a priority is the driving force behind their strategies and communications. If we were marketing soda or rental cars, for instance, our work would bring results to our clients, but the overall impact wouldn’t feel as meaningful.

Carol Dobies touched on this very topic last week when she blogged about our mission statement and what drives our team to excel. In case you missed it, here’s an excerpt:

“We come to work every day because we fundamentally believe our work makes a difference in how people think about health. The creative messages we send into the airwaves for a community hospital, for instance, inspire consumers to take their health more seriously…We succeed when our strategy, words and designs inspire people to make better, more informed decisions about health and contribute to improved care and quality of life for patients…Simply put, our work illuminates the better decision.”

So, on this special day of thanks, we just wanted to express how thankful we are for each and every opportunity to bridge gaps between patients and providers, and between providers and better business solutions. To all our clients past, present and future: thank you for partnering with us for such meaningful work. Happy Thanksgiving!