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The Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society (also known as "CHPRMS" - pronounced "chip-rums") provides resources for nearly 250 members working in an ever-changing, dynamic healthcare industry. The majority of our members represent healthcare organizations and businesses that focus on healthcare throughout the states of North and South Carolina.

For more than 30 years, we have offered our members opportunities to sharpen their communications skills and strategies, consult with other members for ideas in developing public relations and marketing programs, and participate in educational and awards programs.

Since 1973, our organization has grown to become one of the largest affiliated societies in the country. Each year our membership grows and our leaders continue to identify innovative and creative ways to share ideas, strategies and to champion excellence within the field of healthcare communications.

In addition to our active members, we maintain a list of honorary life members. These are individuals who have earned distinction for their service to the healthcare public relations field. We also recognize our most dedicated leaders with the John L. Thomason Award.

CHPRMS maintains a close relationship with the North Carolina Hospital Association and the South Carolina Hospital Association. We also are affiliated with the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (formerly the American Society For Health Care Marketing and Public Relations) of the American Hospital Association.