As editor of MODERN HEALTHCARE, I receive more than my share of credit for the news product we publish each week. I'm flattered by the attention and the compliments. But I'm really fortunate to work with a dedicated team of reporters, editors and artists. Our talented 30-member editorial staff is professional and accomplished.
Adding to their accomplishments is a recent spate of editorial excellence awards.
Let me share the details:
* Scott Hensley, our New York-based medical technology reporter, was cited by the National Institute for Health Care Management for writing the year's best healthcare story in a trade publication. Scott received a $5,000 prize for his June 22, 1998, cover story, "Out for Blood," an examination of the re-engineered American Red Cross and the competition it faces in the blood-banking business.
* Deanna Bellandi, Jonathan Gardner, Kristen Hallam, Hensley, Mary Chris Jaklevic and J. Duncan Moore Jr. were among the reporters cited for outstanding news coverage by the American Society of Business Press Editors. Their work on our July 27, 1998, issue helped win the Midwest Gold Award for best news section for magazines with a circulation of more than 80,000.
* That same entry placed second in the national ASBPE best news section category.
* Bellandi's story "Healthcare Industry Gets Clean Bill of Health," published in the March 16, 1998, issue, was awarded second place for best special report by the ASBPE Midwest.
Awards are a nice tribute, but the feedback and loyalty we receive from readers are what really keep us going. There is no greater vocational honor than tracking the news of America's largest and most important industry for the managers who make the system go.