Enjoy the thrill of victory

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John O'Connor, Editorial Director
John O'Connor, Editorial Director

Our office has been one joyful place lately. Colleagues are excited, and the collective bliss has had nothing to do with an early start on happy hour.

The reason for this spontaneous happiness? News that we had received five more top journalism awards from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors, or ASHPE. 

Given the high level of competition in this year's contest, that was no small task. And I can tell you, having one's organization publicly recognized for exceptional work is more than a morale builder. It makes us want to do even better next year.

Now it's your turn. The second annual McKnight's Excellence In Technology Awards program is officially underway. (To enter, visit www.awards.mcknights.com.)

There is simply no better way for your organization to get the recognition it deserves for technology-related efforts.

We invite you to submit your best work for this prestigious contest. And if you entered last year and didn't win, please submit again. The second time could be the charm!

An independent panel will ensure that your submissions are judged fairly, and with the authority and respect they deserve. But the only way to get your hands on an award is to impress the judges with the quality of your organization's work.

There are five categories: “Quality Through Technology Award,” “Dignity Through Technology Award,” “High Tech/High Touch Award,” “Innovator of the Year Award,” and the “Transitions Award.” 

Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will go to the highest scorers in each of the five categories. We'll write about the winners in big magazine and online spreads.

Entry forms are due July 12, so don't delay. And please don't think you have to wait for “the tech guy” at work to get an entry in order. It's so easy, even a journalist could fill it out!

We look forward to celebrating the ways you and your colleagues are using technology to bring excellence to this field. Good luck, and here's hoping you and your staff will soon be enjoying that thrill of victory.