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jim smith bio

Health and Medical Writing

Jim Smith’s mom wanted him to be a doctor when he grew up. She almost got her wish. He has been immersed in healthcare writing since the beginning of his career.

After completing graduate school, Jim worked for several years as executive director of a healthcare not-for-profit organization and as senior writer and media relations manager for a large teaching hospital. At Ehrig & Associates, a Seattle advertising and public relations agency, he developed a healthcare practice whose clients included freestanding specialized health centers and prominent Seattle area hospitals. For the Washington State Hospital Association he developed an award-winning statewide program on AIDS as a workplace issue that generated unprecedented publicity for the association and helped forge alliances with both the media and leading business organizations.

Jim has been a regular contributor to many Connecticut healthcare periodicals, including the University of Connecticut Health Center’s magazine and Dialog, the magazine of the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center; Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center’s Beacon newsletter; and the Hospital of St. Raphael’s Better Health magazine. He researched and wrote all content for the UConn Stem Cell Institute's website and regularly contributes features to the site about cutting-edge stem cell research. He also has written two books about health-related businesses: Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Cook Incorporated, a medical device manufacturer in Bloomington, Indiana.

Click on the links at left to see samples of Jim's healthcare and medical writing.

“I’ve worked with Jim Smith since 2006. In that time, I’ve found him to be very responsive, hard-working and talented. Jim has the innate ability to translate a concept into a beautiful story that is succinct and poignant. His ability to deliver the intent of the story in an eloquent manner shows his experience and professionalism. I would highly recommend Jim, without exception, to any of my colleagues in the healthcare field.”

–Gary Havican
Administrative Director
Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center
Middletown, Connecticut

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