MedStar Southern Maryland Publications Win 2 Gold Aster Awards | MedStar Health

MedStar Southern Maryland Publications Win 2 Gold Aster Awards

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CLINTON, MD-- MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (MSMHC)’s Connections associate newsletter and Health community magazine and have won Gold Aster Awards.  The Aster Awards are granted annually for excellence in healthcare communication.

“This is exciting for our hospital since we care so much about our associates and our community members,” said MedStar Southern Maryland President Christine Wray.  “Our publications are a big source of pride, as they help associates stay informed and invested in their workplace, and they help our community understand the great things we’re doing at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.”

Connections is published monthly and mailed to associates’ homes.  It features a Letter from the President, stories on physicians, how the hospital is performing on the latest innovations at MSMHC, spotlights on departments or individuals, how the hospital is fulfilling its SPIRIT Values, and much more.

Health is a glossy magazine mailed out to more than 200,000 households surrounding the hospital.  This magazine is shot by professional photographer Ryan Smith.  The publication also begins with a Letter from MSMHC President Christine Wray.  It contains a Patient Testimonial cover story, and features articles promoting the work of the hospital, educational articles on medical conditions and treatments, and a Heart&Soul section featuring MSMHC’s Cardiology Department.  Current and past issues of Health are available at

“We’re thrilled to be the recipient of Gold Aster Awards,” said Cheryl Richardson, Director of Marketing at MSMHC. “One of our hospital’s SPIRIT Values is Teamwork, and these publications would not be produced without adherence to this Value.  Our writer, graphic designers, and marketing assistant work with an amazing photographer, and virtually every department in the hospital, to collaborate on these publications.  Without everyone here working together so fluidly as a team, we couldn’t accomplish all that we do.”

To be considered for an Aster Award, healthcare facilities had to submit all advertising/marketing materials developed, produced and/or distributed during the calendar year 2017 to be eligible for the 2018 program.  All entries for each category are placed together for judging by a panel of design and healthcare marketing professionals with decades of combined experience. Entries are judged on creativity, layout/design, typography, production, quality and overall effectiveness.  For more information, visit

About MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center:

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, located in Clinton, Maryland, is a 182-bed acute care hospital serving the Washington, D.C., metro and Southern Maryland area. The hospital is focused on caring for patients and their loved ones utilizing advanced technology under the guidance of expert clinicians. Quality, Safety, Wellness, and Patient Satisfaction are achieved through a spirit of patient-centered services that connect us to the community we serve.