Modern Healthcare is pleased to announce that it has received two prestigious Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism from the Chicago Headline Club, the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The award, named after the former Washington bureau chief of the Chicago Daily News, honors Chicago-based news organizations for outstanding editorial achievement. Peter Lisagor died in 1976.
The magazine received one Lisagor for business and consumer reporting for trade or specialty publications. It recognized reporter Michael Romano for his special report, "Outsourcing everything," that ran in the April 5, 2004 issue. The story suggested that some hospitals are outsourcing so many services that they are losing their community identity. The judges said Romano's piece "should be required reading for anybody who might ever need the services of the medical profession."
The magazine received the second Lisagor for in-depth reporting for trade or specialty magazine, newspaper or newsletter. It recognized reporter Cinda Becker for her special report, "The best healthcare money can buy," which ran in the Aug. 9, 2004 issue. The story questioned the return on investment that the U.S. healthcare system is getting for spending billions on the latest medical technologies. The judges said Becker's piece "busts the myth that America has the best healthcare system in the world. Great stuff."
Again, on behalf of our entire editorial staff and all of our readers, we thank the Chicago Headline Club for these editorial honors.