2016 Worthy Awards

Recognizing the Best in Strategic Communications

Thank you for entering your best public relations work in the 2016 Worthy Awards competition! Established in 2012 by the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of PRSA, the Worthy Awards showcase exemplary programs and tactics created by public relations professionals in the Greater Fort Worth area.

Winners of a Worthy Award, Award of Excellence and Award of Achievement for each category were announced at the Fifth Annual Worthy Awards Gala on Thursday, November 3, at The Fort Worth Club.

GFWPRSA presented more than 60 awards to area public relations and communications professionals for strategic communications programs and campaigns, including Best of Show. View all the winners here!

For more information on the 2016 Worthy Awards, please contact:

Bill Lawrence, APR, Fellow PRSA – blawr1@charter.net
William Moore – william@grapevinechamber.org
Lesley Dupre – lesley@balcomagency.com

Communicator of the Year

The Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA GFW) has named Robert Earley the 2016 Communicator of the Year.

Earley, President and CEO of JPS Health Network, received the Communicator of the Year Award from PRSA GFW at the fifth annual Worthy Awards gala on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 at the Fort Worth Club. Established in 2012 by the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of PRSA, the Worthy Awards showcase exemplary programs and tactics created by public relations professionals in the Greater Fort Worth area.

Each year, the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America recognizes a community member outside the public relations profession who demonstrates leadership and effective communication when involved in a major event or issue affecting the greater Fort Worth region.

A committee selected Earley as Communicator of the Year in large part due to his ability to lead substantial, significant, positive change in turning around the once poor reputation of JPS Health Network, an important community resource.

Earley oversees more than 60 sites of care and 6,500 employees. He is credited with leading improvements in communication and trust among employees, providers, the Tarrant County Hospital District Board of Managers, elected officials in Tarrant County and the community at large.

During his tenure, JPS Health Network reports that patient satisfaction rates have improved — from the third percentile in 2008 to the 86th percentile for 2016 year to date. Employee engagement participation went from zero in 2008 (surveys were not conducted prior to Earley’s arrival) to 91 percent in 2016.

As one nominator said: “Thanks to the heart, wisdom, and superior communication skills of Robert Earley, employees of this once denigrated public institution feel pride in their jobs, and patients (of all income levels) are beginning to understand the significance of having such an important and caring resource in the community.”

This year, several strong nominations for Communicator of the Year were received. The following nominees are eligible to be nominated again next year: Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, Arlington ISD Superintendent, who has sought out partnerships with business, civic, faith-based and higher education organizations to directly impact AISD students; Elliot Goldman, Owner of Gl2 Partners And Liberty Bags, brainchild and founder of The Greatest Gift Catalog Ever, an integral part of charitable giving in Fort Worth; and Janet St. James, former medical reporter for WFAA-TV and current AVP of Communications for HCA North Texas, who told her personal story of battling invasive breast cancer.

Previous Communicator of the Year award winners are Patsy Thomas, president of Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County (2015), former Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Walter Dansby (2014), Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price (2013) and former Councilman Joel Burns, who received the inaugural award (2012).

Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony was held Thursday, November 3, 2016, at the Fort Worth Club.
Thank you for attending.

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Contact William Moore at william@grapevinechamber.org, for information on sponsorship levels and associated benefits.

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