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Hospital PR manager recognized
Bolingbrook – Public relations isn’t just about managing the flow of information between an organization and the public, according to Julie Busch, regional manager of public relations for Adventist Midwest Health. It’s really about finding and telling the stories of employees, physicians and volunteers who transform people’s lives.

“From the night chaplain who prays with our nurses during the wee hours of the morning to an operating room team who worked tirelessly to restore the hearing of an 18-month-old toddler, our hospitals are filled with stories about people who are making a difference in the community,” said Busch, a 38-year-old Yorkville resident. A native of Danville, Ill., she is the daughter of Steve and Renee Autor of Danville.

For her commitment to Adventist Midwest Health’s mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ, Busch was one of five Adventist Midwest Health leaders to receive the organization’s inaugural pillar award July 21 at Adventist Midwest Health’s leadership development institute, held at the Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn.

“Julie is a tireless leader who leads her team with enthusiasm,” said Tom Williams, regional vice president and chief administrative officer of Adventist Midwest Health. “Our organization is blessed to have her on board.”

After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University in 1992, Busch spent five years as a reporter for the Naperville Sun. She then embarked on a career in public relations, entering the health care field in 2000. She joined Adventist Midwest Health in 2006, moving her way up from Web administrator to public relations specialist to regional manager. Under her leadership, the department has increased awareness of Adventist Midwest Health both internally and externally, said her supervisor, Elizabeth Lively, associate vice president of external affairs.

“Because of her background in journalism, Julie has a nose for news and the ability to pitch stories that receive prominent coverage in the local and trade media,” Lively said. “She’s also always ready to lend a helping hand to colleagues in other departments, offering her time and talent for proofreading, advising and other tasks. She’s not afraid to get her hands dirty.”

Pillar award nominations were solicited from Adventist Midwest Health’s senior leadership team. To be eligible for an award, leaders must demonstrate their commitment to the organization’s standards of behavior: sense, help, acknowledge, respect and explain. They must also demonstrate measurable results on the quarterly goals set for their departments. These goals are organized under the seven categories, or pillars, of spiritual life, people, clinical, service, community, growth, and stewardship.

One pillar award winner is chosen from each of the organization’s four suburban hospitals and a fifth winner is chosen from among the organization’s non-hospital programs and shared services support departments. Busch is based at the organization’s Tallgrass office at 1000 Remington Boulevard in Bolingbrook. Pillar awards will be presented at the organization’s quarterly leadership development institutes, held in January, April, July and October.