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Barnabas Health

Thomas/Boyd provides communications services for Barnabas Health, the largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in New Jersey.

Working closely with marketing and public relations directors at Barnabas Health's hospitals, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, home care and hospice program, cardiac services, medical group and corporate, we routinely deliver media relations, event support, internal communications and corporate communications services.

Our team regularly develops compelling content for hospital publications, brochures and websites and devises special section consumer-focused health care content to position key initiatives, services, programs, treatments and more.

We're accustomed to developing physician and patient profiles on complicated procedures and conditions and presenting them in a clear, concise and easy to understand manner. Our team routinely drafts news materials and places health care stories in key media outlets.

We're involved with key branding initiatives and assist with the planning and execution of events, ground breakings and ribbon cuttings for various system facilities. We also led a comprehensive brand assessment study for one of the system's hospitals requiring significant market research.

Medical Society of New Jersey

The changing dynamics in the health care industry require Thomas/Boyd to stay up-to-date on current issues, trends and advancements. By positioning the Medical Society of New Jersey as a leading representative of the interests of physicians in the state, we have helped MSNJ to become a sought-after resource for reporters covering health care-related issues across New Jersey.

Our team handles all inbound media calls and often is called upon to issue news releases and statements concerning MSNJ’s position on various hot-button topics. We also interact with MSNJ’s president, CEO, general counsel and government relations team in developing positions and responses for use within the media.

Thomas/Boyd works with MSNJ’s in-house marketing and membership development departments on a variety of projects, events and assignments to support its overall mission. We write news releases, blogs, op-eds and position pieces and also assist with the development and execution of special events and handle media relations outreach as needed.

We have assisted in launching two unique branding campaigns – the “Growing Medicine in the Garden State” campaign and “Leaders in Health Care, Leaders in Life” campaign. We helped to launch Healers and Heroes (2H) program, the FitDoc Challenge and MSNJ’s support of a Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy study on the economic impact of the practice of medicine throughout the state.

Univers Workplace Solutions

Univers Workplace Solutions, the nation’s leading benefit communications and enrollment solutions provider, hired Thomas/Boyd to increase the company’s visibility within the industry and to create a presence throughout the greater business community. Headquartered in Hammonton, N.J., Univers relies on Thomas/Boyd to secure media coverage in various markets around the country.

Notable media relations results include securing placements in leading industry trade publications, including a three-part series in “Employee Benefit News,” numerous articles in “Employee Benefit Plan Review” and a feature profile in “HR Magazine,” published by the Society for Human Resource Management. In addition, Thomas/Boyd helped position Univers as a “Best Place to Work” in several regional business publications.

Based on the success of Thomas/Boyd’s media relations initiatives, we were asked by Univers to coordinate a team to manage the company’s website redesign and launch, social media campaign and SEO content. Thomas/Boyd handles ongoing public relations support for all web content updates including case studies and blogs that are posted on a regular basis.

New Jersey Utilities Association

New Jersey Utilities Association is the statewide trade association for the 16 investor-owned utilities that provide essential water, wastewater, electric, natural gas and telecommunications services to New Jersey residents and businesses.

Thomas/Boyd leads communication functions by providing strategic guidance and counsel to the Association and its member companies. Services include outreach to Association members and other key audiences on relevant industry and statewide issues, as well as traditional media relations. We also help to manage the Association’s website – including overseeing and assisting in launching a new website – and develop e-newsletter content.

We play a substantial role in the planning and coordination of NJUA’s special events, including the Scholarship Golf Outing, Committee Appreciation Luncheon and three-day Annual Conference. We also helped revamp the conference in conjunction with NJUA’s 100th anniversary – and developed a commemorative 100th Anniversary Book to celebrate the historical milestone.

Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice

Thomas/Boyd works with the in-house team at Samaritan to provide strategic guidance and counsel on communications matters. We identify media opportunities and pursue them by developing supporting materials such as advisories, news releases and pitch letters. We are often called upon to interview physicians and key management leaders and draft white papers, position statements, opinion pieces, letters to the editor, blogs and more.

By monitoring state and national trends in the hospice and palliative care industries, our team works with Samaritan’s leadership to develop strategic messaging that extends the nonprofit’s reach throughout its five-county coverage area.

As the strategic communications counsel for Samaritan’s management team, we have also helped the organization in its award-winning rebranding efforts designed to accurately illustrate the depth and breadth of its health care services. Our most recent work has included executing a public education campaign called “State the Conversation” to encourage individuals to talk about their preferences surrounding end-of-life care now.

Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation

Thomas/Boyd provides a wide range of communications services for Bacharach. Our media relations efforts include writing and pitching news stories – the most recent of which resulted in a NJTV segment highlighting Bacharach’s use of graded motor imagery, or mirror therapy, to help patients with non-functioning limbs regain their mobility.

In addition to ongoing media relations support, Thomas/Boyd also spearheaded the launch of Facebook and Twitter to increase Bacharach’s reach. Utilizing Facebook’s timeline feature, we examined archived photos and milestones in Bacharach’s rich history, then created content chronicling Bacharach’s rise to becoming a leading rehabilitative center. We were instrumental in supporting Bacharach’s “90 Years Strong” anniversary campaign, generating and posting compelling, visually appealing social media content designed to engage users.

Adding to Bacharach’s online presence, we rolled-out and continue to develop content for quarterly e-newsletters and monthly email messages that serve as a vehicle for Bacharach’s president and CEO to discuss timely topics. We also helped launch Bacharach’s blog and write and post interesting, cross-functional content that can be utilized on social media to drive readers to Bacharach’s blog.

Community Investment Strategies

As communications consultants, Thomas/Boyd works directly with Community Investment Strategies to reposition the brand of this woman-owned leading developer of affordable housing solutions.

Our efforts have centered on managing the redesign and development of the company’s website, including facilitating all communication between the client and the website developer. We have been involved in every facet of the development process – from brainstorming the initial concept to working with the development team to writing copy and advising on best practices.

We also handle media relations, including assisting in the planning of a groundbreaking for a new age- and income-restricted housing complex, as well as announcements of new grant awards, development plans and company news. We have worked with members of the building trade media to develop and write bylined articles that position Community Investment Strategies as a leader in resiliency planning and energy efficiency.

New Jersey SHARES, Inc. (NJ SHARES)

Thomas/Boyd provides communications services for New Jersey SHARES, Inc. (NJ SHARES) – a statewide nonprofit organization providing assistance to individuals and families in need of help meeting their energy and utility burden. We provide strategic counseling and devise and execute media relations and community relations efforts to increase awareness of the organization and support its advocacy efforts.

By working closely with NJ SHARES leadership, we create events and opportunities that increase overall awareness and financial support of the nonprofit’s efforts statewide. Our work involves creating content for the organization’s monthly e-newsletter – highlighting agencies, legislative partners, donors, outreach efforts, event and news. We also spearheaded a strategic campaign to launch Facebook and Twitter pages for NJ SHARES to better communicate with supporters, legislative partners, donors, agencies and utility partners, as well as various national advocacy organizations. We develop content for these pages and closely monitor for follower feedback.

Save Ellis Island

Thomas/Boyd was initially retained by Save Ellis Island (SEI) to manage publicity for the $300 million restoration.

Save Ellis Island is the designated National Park Service nonprofit fundraising partner with a goal of raising funds and overseeing the rehabilitation, restoration and reuse of the 29 unrestored buildings on Ellis Island’s south side.

Thomas/Boyd handled the public relations outreach for the grand opening of the first building to be restored and the first building to be open on the New Jersey portion of the Island in over 50 years, the historic Ferry Building. In addition to achieving feature placements on the front-page metro section of The New York Times, and in the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times, we secured an Associated Press feature that was picked up by nearly 100 major print and broadcast outlets nationwide.

When Save Ellis Island, partnered with the National Park Service, wanted to open Ellis Island’s South Side Hospital Complex to visitors for the first time in more than 60 years, they turned to Thomas/Boyd to spearhead a media relations campaign in advance of the October 2014 opening.

Our work resulted in major media relations success – including coverage by The Associated Press, The New York Times, the Star-Ledger/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, NPR, 1010 WINS; and major television networks such as NBC, CNN, NJTV and News NY1.

New Jersey Utility Shareholders Association

Thomas/Boyd was a natural choice to support the launch of the New Jersey Utilities Shareholders Association – a trade group dedicated to advocating for the interests of New Jersey residents who own shares in the state’s utility companies.

We have been involved in the formation of the association since its conception. From initial discussions regarding branding and promotional materials to day-to-day membership management to special event planning and execution, we have spearheaded NJUSA’s communications efforts to support the growth of the membership-only organization.

In addition to overseeing the creation of a website, Thomas/Boyd has handled all content development for NJUSA’s online presence, as well as the development of a newsletter for all members.

Verizon Wireless

One of the nation’s most recognized brands depended on Thomas/Boyd for more than 20 years to provide media, community and corporate communications support. We prepared and distributed press materials, worked with reporters and bloggers to secure news coverage, designed and implemented the company’s regional corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, handled social media management and coordinated special events.

We successfully positioned the company’s network, products, services and applications; promoted new communications stores; and developed community relations programs, all while managing media requests and placements. Thomas/Boyd led communications efforts for significant announcements, including Verizon Wireless’ name change, 4G network launch and iPhone on Verizon launch.

A tremendous effort was placed on generating awareness for HopeLine, the company’s philanthropic program that aids in the prevention and education of domestic violence victims. We secured extensive press and established partnerships with area domestic violence agencies and key public officials, including a press conference with former U.S. Senator Joe Biden.

LS Power

Serving as LS Power’s project communications coordinator, Thomas/Boyd developed key messages and communications collateral on priority issues and offered strategic advice and counsel on matters involving LS Power’s interaction with external audiences. We were part of the overall strategic team called upon to work on legislation that was passed in support of LS Power’s plan.

We recently orchestrated the groundbreaking event for LS Power’s West Deptford Energy Station. In addition to writing and distributing all event collateral materials, including fact sheets, media advisories and news releases, we coordinated the attendance of several state, regional and local government and business officials. We also facilitated the pre-ceremony luncheon, arranged interviews and photo opportunities for LS Power officials with members of the media, and responded to all media requests surrounding the event.

Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

Thomas/Boyd provides strategic communications guidance and counsel offering development and community relations support for the $90 million Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Opened in the heart of the Cramer Hill section of Camden in October 2013, Thomas/Boyd played an instrumental role in this game-changing community center from its initial conception through construction and its grand opening.

Most recently, we worked with White House officials to assist in logistical planning and press relations for President Barack Obama’s visit to the Kroc Center, where he lauded its contribution to the revitalization of Camden.

We handle all media relations efforts and launched a successful relationship with the online editor of the Courier-Post, extending our message and reach to the three counties that are served by the Kroc Center – Camden, Burlington and Gloucester.

We also coordinated and produced special events marking major milestones in the Kroc Center’s progress, including working with Wells Fargo, Campbell Soup Company, NJ American Water and Subaru in announcing significant gifts. We have worked with the mayor’s office and other county and state officials to keep them actively involved and informed of the Center’s progress and achievements.

Cooper’s Ferry Partnership

Working closely with Cooper’s Ferry, Thomas/Boyd is routinely called upon to bring favorable attention to the programs and events associated with the revitalization of Camden. We have worked in conjunction with Cooper’s Ferry and Camden officials to announce some of the city’s most talked-about initiatives, including events like Camden Night Gardens, a nighttime celebration of Camden’s rich cultural offerings; the annual New Year’s Eve celebration and Fourth of July festival; the return of the Tall Ships to the waterfront and a special visit from Cirque du Soleil.

We regularly write and distribute materials to media outlets throughout the region, including news of exciting Connect the Lots programs; the revitalization of parks and programs; workforce programs; energy-saving programs and safe and green initiatives.

YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties

For more than a decade, Thomas/Boyd has provided communications services to the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties, a community based charitable organization serving more than 30,000 people throughout the region. Working as an extension of the Y’s marketing team, we provide marketing, branding and public relations counsel and support.

Our successful media relations program showcases the Y’s key initiatives like fighting childhood obesity, creating “safe places to play” in Camden City, pool safety and Camp No Worries, a special camp for youth with cancer. We regularly work with the media and place positive stories in key regional news outlets touting the Y’s programs and services.

The Evergreens

Thomas/Boyd serves as the outsourced communications department for this Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) located in the heart of Moorestown, N.J. In this role, we develop and execute strategy in keeping with the goals and objectives of the CEO and his senior staff. We handle the writing and distribution of materials designed to attract favorable media coverage and develop programs to solicit interest from the public so they book a visit to the campus and ultimately select The Evergreens as their senior living option.

We also design and write the annual report and any other needed collateral materials including a brochure that is distributed in-house highlighting special events and programming. We established and are responsible for editing and publishing a blog from the CEO that appears on The Evergreens website, LinkedIn and other social media platforms.

The Joseph Fund

Thomas/Boyd helps shine a light on the great work of The Joseph Fund – a Camden-based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Ministries of St. Joseph’s Pro-Cathedral.

We managed media relations surrounding the opening of Joseph’s House of Camden – a homeless shelter for adults that offers an array of social, emotional and professional support services. The initiative attracted attention from philanthropist and international rock star Jon Bon Jovi, the board chair of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which helped support the construction of this Camden-based facility.

Thomas/Boyd headed up a groundbreaking and media tour and a subsequent ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening. We helped coordinate logistics, invite media and orchestrate public officials and VIP attendees to facilitate extensive media placements, which included widespread coverage from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Asbury Park Press & Courier-Post, all major Philadelphia-area television affiliates and more.

Camden Community Charter School

Our ongoing work in the City of Camden includes supporting the media relations efforts of Camden Community Charter School. After opening in 2012, the school has since expanded to serve approximately 450 students in kindergarten through sixth grade – and, after a recent groundbreaking ceremony spearheaded by Thomas/Boyd, the school is expanding with a new building to provide high quality education to more than 700 students in kindergarten through seventh grade.

We have worked with school officials to promote the wide array of educational opportunities afforded to students in Camden, including partnerships with local organizations, healthy living programs, the dedication of its PTA, seasonal celebrations and the significant use of technology employed by the school to enhance students’ education. Our efforts have resulted in expansive media coverage, including several on-camera interviews and broadcast spots with local networks, as well as an in-depth supplemental feature in NJBIZ.

Battleship New Jersey

Beginning in Bremerton, Wash., Thomas/Boyd handled publicity and special event planning and management for the return of the USS New Jersey through the Panama Canal. We coordinated the three-day event in Panama, which was attended by more than 300 VIPs and 30 members of the multi-lingual, international press corps. The event was hosted by former New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman.

Once berthed in Camden, we handled the 2,000-person grand-opening event. For several years, we managed media relations efforts to drive brand awareness for the floating museum and secured significant regional and national news coverage.

Mount Holly Township

Thomas/Boyd has worked on a number of significant issues relating to the economic revitalization of Mount Holly including the media relations work surrounding the settlement of the highly contested legal battle over the redevelopment of Mount Holly Gardens.

Today, we work closely with Township officials to develop strategic communications efforts to inform the public about developments, events and newsworthy aspects surrounding life in Mount Holly. We recently secured extensive print and television coverage for a special event surrounding the 40th anniversary of a memorial march recognizing the lives of three fallen Mount Holly police officers.