Robert Scarola

Robert Scarola

Vice President

Robert Scarola brings Jarrard Inc. clients deep perspective from his robust experience in healthcare communications, metropolitan politics and global public relations. His fortes: crisis communications and brand management.

Scarola joined the firm’s Health Services Practice in 2021 following his service as vice president for communications and public affairs at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the largest hospital in the District of Columbia’s metro area. While there, he and his team were responsible for strategic internal/external communications via publications, media relations, social media and digital outreach. Working closely with the institution’s senior leadership and the government relations team, he also provided counsel on reputation management.

Previously in Chicago, as system director of public relations and external communications for the eleven-hospital system Presence Health (now merged with Amita Health), Scarola managed crisis and issues communications, public relations campaigns and external positioning to sharpen the healthcare brand’s reputation with key stakeholders, including consumers, media, government, financial institutions, business partners and physician groups.

Early in his lengthy career, Scarola served as managing director at what was then the world’s largest PR firm, Burson-Marsteller. From there, he spent three years as assistant press secretary to Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley, where he earned a “Ph.D.-like education” in effectively dealing with government offices, community organizations and businesses suffering all forms of media-inflicted duress. Later, he returned to the private sector as creative director for editorial content at Integrated Marketing Solutions, a marketing and PR firm specializing in pharma and healthcare provider clients.

Scarola has a BA degree in communications and philosophy from Loyola University Chicago with post-graduate study work in marketing at Northwestern University.

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