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Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) appoints GCI Health

12 April, 2011

As Pro-Bono Communications Firm to Publicize 2011 “Woman of the Year”

NEW YORK — GCI Health, a healthcare public relations agency, has partnered with the Healthcare Businesswomen Association's (HBA) on a pro-bono basis to conduct media outreach for the 2011 Woman of the Year event. This year the HBA honors Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, chief medical officer of Pfizer.

“We are thrilled the HBA appointed GCI Health to raise awareness of this prestigious award and Dr. Lewis-Hall‟s many contributions to the healthcare industry,” said Wendy Lund, CEO, GCI Health. “It is important to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of leaders and innovators who are dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare for all. Dr. Lewis-Hall‟s central focus on the patient is inspiring and reinforces our agency‟s mission and commitment in today‟s healthcare environment.”

Dr. Lewis-Hall will be honored at the HBA‟s 22nd annual Woman of the Year Luncheon on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the Hilton New York. This event is attended by over 2,000 leaders in the healthcare industry with other honorees including HBA Honorable Mentor Ian T. Clark, Genentech‟s chief executive officer and head of North American commercial operations, Star Volunteer Daria Blackwell, founder and CEO, Knowledge Clinic, and a group of over 100 Rising Stars, noted for their accomplishments and contributions to the healthcare industry.

“Dr. Lewis-Hall has a longstanding devotion to the social responsibilities associated with being a leader in healthcare – she is completely dedicated to ensuring that people have the education and understanding to make the best healthcare decisions,” says Deborah Coogan Seltzer, president of the HBA and life sciences practice member at Spencer Stuart. “GCI Health‟s commitment to the recognition of influential leaders in the industry will be critical in shedding light on Dr. Lewis-Hall’s platform of the patient being at the forefront of healthcare.”

In her 30-year career, Dr. Lewis-Hall has held leadership roles in direct patient care, academics, media, government, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. She was named Pfizer's chief medical officer in May 2009. In this role she oversees the global teams responsible for ensuring the safe, effective and appropriate use of Pfizer medicines, from first use in clinical trials to last use anywhere in the world.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Lewis-Hall has personally mentored more than 100 women.
The 2011 HBA nominating committee overwhelmingly agreed that Dr. Lewis-Hall's many accomplishments demonstrate her fulfillment of the criteria for Woman of the Year, including success in the healthcare industry, strong leadership capabilities, proven mentoring skills, dedication, a commitment to giving back to women and contributions to the community. Letters of nomination were received for Dr. Lewis-Hall from across the healthcare spectrum, including public sector leaders.

Janine Katz, GCI Health
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About GCI Health
GCI Health is a forward-thinking healthcare public relations agency powered by „best-in-the-business‟ professionals and the only WPP company that specializes in healthcare public relations. With over 80 professionals in offices in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Boston, Toronto and the U.K., GCI Health offers clients an accessible senior level leadership team, A-to-Z healthcare experience, a commitment to “beating” client expectations, and an obsession with anticipating the challenges of an increasingly complex and transforming healthcare communications environment. With insider‟s knowledge of high science, digital health strategy, consumer activation, crisis management, patient advocacy and health education, GCI Health‟s focus on delivering results is unrelenting and second to none. For more information, please visit

About Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association
The Healthcare Businesswomen‟s Association (HBA) is now in its 4th decade as a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the advancement of women in healthcare worldwide. With 15 chapters and affiliates throughout the US and Europe, the HBA is headquartered in New Jersey with offices in Philadelphia and Research Triangle Park. The HBA provides educational opportunities for women and men to develop cutting edge healthcare industry knowledge and leadership skills; recognizes outstanding women and men in the industry; provides opportunities for networking; creates greater visibility for women in the industry; fosters mentoring relationships, and serves as a conduit and sponsor for research on career advancement issues. The HBA has over 6,000 individual members and 120 Corporate Partners. It is widely recognized as the catalyst for the leadership development of women in healthcare worldwide. For more information, please visit

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