Meredith Gould: An Overdue Recognition
I had meant to post this on March 1, but I was otherwise occupied.
That date marked a significant milestone for the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network (#MCSMN), as it was Meredith Gould's last day working as our Editorial Director.
Meredith has had a significant role in making #MCSMN what it is today. Even before we had a Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, Meredith was among the handful of informal external advisers who helped us develop the vision. When we created our first External Advisory Board, she was part of it. And of course she was among our first batch of Platinum Fellows.
So it's not a case of recognition being lacking, but rather incomplete. And given her persistent counsel that blog posts need to be short, I won't achieve comprehensiveness in this post, either.
But I'll make a start, with observations in two key areas.
- Meredith's keen eye for design and her commitment to improving the user experience have been the driving force behind the redesign of this site. I've previously described her as "pleasantly persistent" about the need for redesign, which led those who know her well to abruptly expel any beverages they may have been drinking. While many others have contributed to the beautiful design you see today, without Meredith it wouldn't have happened.
- Meredith also pushed for updating our social media curriculum to move the basics training to online modules so we could make Social Media Residency a more advanced course worthy of the name. That led to an RFP and eventually discussions with Hootsuite that came to fruition in September as our Social Media Basics for Healthcare Certification. We drew upon her educational experience as a college professor to help drive production of the course. We're so pleased with the product, and Meredith was both an instigator of the project and integral in its execution.
Meredith will still remain as a member of the #MCSMN Community, and we'll continue to call on her for advice as she's able. She has many other interests, including spirituality in health care, and has written several books. She's also the first person I know to reach 100K tweets. And of course, as I first observed more than six years ago, she's a great humanitarian.
Please join me in thanking Meredith for her contributions to our cause!
(390 words: OK on the word count, Meredith?)