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Public Relations Team Expands

Published September 2005

The Academic Health Center's Public Relations and Communications department has bolstered its staff with the addition of three public information officers, furthering the department's strategy of maximizing internal communications and media relations efforts.

The three new staff members, Jill Hafner, Amanda Harper and Jamie Davis, bring diverse public relations experience to the team.

"There's an extraordinary amount of research and programmatic activity taking place around our campus," says Richard Puff, Academic Health Center director of public relations and communications. "Jill, Amanda and Jamie will play a vital role in communicating these advances to our faculty and staff and the community. I'm very excited to have been able to add such exceptional people to our staff."

Jill Hafner will focus on internal communications, which includes serving as the new editor of both The Dean's List and Findings.

She succeeds Dama Kimmon, who edited both for the past two and a half years. Kimmon will now be responsible for media relations for the colleges of medicine and allied health, the Genome Research Institute, the Institute for the Study of Health, general internal medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, pulmonary and critical-care medicine and the research office. She will continue to serve as editor of E-Health News Daily, the Academic Health Center's e-mail news update.

In addition, Hafner will work to strengthen the Academic Health Center's Web communication and marketing presence while publicizing various areas, including NetWellness, the consumer health-education Web site that UC produces in collaboration with Ohio State and Case Western Reserve universities, and the development and alumni affairs office.

A graduate of Ohio University with degrees in both journalism and business administration, Hafner joins us from Episcopal Retirement Homes, where she had served as a public relations specialist since 2002. She also has been a health/medicine account manager at Hobsons, an international student recruitment company, and has worked in athletic communications at both UC and Southern Illinois University. Hafner can be reached at(513) 558-4639 or

Harper and Davis will focus on expanding media relations.

Amanda Harper will be responsible for publicizing the UC Cancer Center, biomedical engineering, cardiovascular/thoracic surgery, environmental health, hematology/oncology, nuclear medicine, plastic surgery, radiation oncology, radiation safety, radiology, surgery, transplant surgery and urology. A graduate of Ohio University with a degree in journalism, Harper was previously the communications manager at the Work Resource Center, where she had worked since 2003. She has also worked as an account executive at Dan Pinger Public Relations. Harper can be reached at (513) 558-4657 or

Jamie Davis will manage publicity for the colleges of nursing and pharmacy; the bone and diabetes centers; anesthesiology; emergency medicine; endocrinology, metabolism and nutrition; immunology, allergy and rheumatology; orthopedics and sports medicine; otolaryngology and women's health. A graduate of the College of Mount St. Joseph with a degree in communications, Davis joins us from United Way of Greater Cincinnati, where she had served as a senior marketing associate since 2000. She has also worked at two Cincinnati public relations agencies, Wordsworth Communications and the Gibbons Group, Inc. Davis can be reached at (513) 558-4625 or

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