MINNEAPOLIS—Kendra Calhoun has been named a partner and chair of the healthcare industry group and public affairs practice area at Carmichael Lynch Spong Public Relations. Calhoun is based in the firm’s Minneapolis headquarters, where she is responsible for launching the new healthcare practice, created to provide public relations for health care providers and related businesses in the insurance, pharmaceutical, medical devices, biosciences, and health and wellness arenas.
CLS already has established a strong presence in the industry through its work with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Allina Hospitals and Clinics and Fairview Health System.
Prior to joining the firm, Calhoun was corporate vice president, communications, public relations and marketing, at Allina Hospitals and Clinics, a $2 billion Minnesota health care system with 23,000 employees, 11 hospitals and 40 clinics, where she developed and implemented brand, Internet, marketing and corporate communications strategies.
Before joining Allina, Calhoun was executive director of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association.