PLATTSBURGH — Michele Powers brings experience and a genuine fondness for the North Country to her new position as director of communications and marketing at CVPH Medical Center.
Powers, who spent the last eight years at the Plattsburgh/North Country Chamber of Commerce as director of tourism and then vice president of marketing, displays an air of confidence and enthusiasm as she wraps up her third week at the Plattsburgh hospital.
“It’s such an incredible opportunity,” she said of her switch from the business-and-tourism-oriented atmosphere to the health-care arena.
“I loved it (at the chamber); it was such a wonderful job. But I love change; I love the challenge of a new position.”
The hospital expanded the former job of director of public relations to create the new position.
Although Powers will continue to be responsible for hospital relations with the media, she will also look in new directions to promote the Medical Center’s role in the community.
“We’re looking to develop strategies that can further the hospital’s mission,” she said, noting that she would like to promote an increased use of social media and online advertising to highlight the hospital’s impact across the region.
“Communication and marketing go hand in hand,” she added.
“They’re interchangeable in how they can be used to reach out to people, both internally and in the public.”
Powers has already introduced herself to the hospital’s medical staff, including doctors, employees and administration, as CVPH begins to look at new marketing strategies.
But she also wants to strengthen the bridge that connects the medical facility to the North Country and its residents.
“CVPH offers so much in terms of services to the community,” she said. “Its wellness programs, the Wellness Center, the Health Center — there are a lot of things the hospital does to promote wellness in the community. We want to make sure people are able to take advantage of that.”