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Veteran Corporate Communicator Joins Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock Inc.

National executive with 35-year track record of success affiliates with firm

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., and Chicago — Quickly growing its roster of expert professionals, U.S. top 10 strategic healthcare engagement firm Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock Inc. has announced the addition of corporate communications leader Thomas Johnson as an of-counsel advisor.

Most recently Johnson served as vice president of public relations and chief communications officer for Norton Healthcare – the leading health system in Louisville, Ky. At Norton, he was responsible for overseeing communications strategy for the five-hospital, 13,000-employee system.

“Tom brings a deep well of expertise and a uniquely broad perspective to his work as a healthcare communicator, particularly in the area of crisis management,” said CEO David Jarrard. “There’s not a crisis he hasn’t seen or a difficult situation he hasn’t dealt with from his experience in a variety of industries. Our clients and team will benefit tremendously from his counsel.”

Prior to his work with Norton, Johnson served as vice president and chief communications officer for Providence Health & Services in Washington. Over his lengthy career, he has held national and global communication leadership positions with organizations spanning industries including healthcare, clinical laboratories, pharmaceuticals, automotive and finance.

“Having been a Jarrard Inc. client in the past, I’m excited for the chance to be a part of such an impressive team,” said Johnson. “Health systems today are facing unbelievable communications challenges, which makes the services Jarrard Inc. provides all the more necessary.”

A Philadelphia native, Johnson has spent many years deeply involved in philanthropy – serving organizations such as Horizon House, a Philadelphia-region non-profit agency providing services to the developmentally challenged, homeless and those with substance abuse issues. He is the current board chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana and a former board member of Diversified Community Services in Philadelphia and Metro United Way in Louisville.

About Jarrard Inc.

With offices in Nashville, Tenn. and Chicago, Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock, Inc. is a U.S. top 10 strategic communications and engagement firm for the nation’s leading healthcare providers experiencing significant change, challenge or opportunity. Founded in 2006, the firm has worked with more than 300 clients in over 40 states and served as a communications advisor on more than $35 billion in announced M&A and partnership transaction communications. A proven strategy leader, Jarrard Inc. delivers tightly focused issue management campaigns and long-term transformational initiatives designed to advance healthcare providers’ most important goals. As a member of The Advisory Board, the firm is also part of a collaborative effort to elevate performance and solve some of healthcare’s most pressing issues. For more information, visit or follow us @JarrardInc.


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