Wendy Hoke spent 18 years as an award-winning, Cleveland- based writer and editor before transitioning to a career in marketing and communications. She has led marketing and communications at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in various roles since March 2009, as Vice President of Marketing and Communications since December 2012. Her areas of management and oversight include: branding, marketing, media relations, executive and board communications, development communications, crisis communications, community relations, sales, content marketing, and physician relations. Reporting directly to the President and CEO, she is a member of the management team that has turned around financial operations of this 150-year-old Catholic, urban hospital.
As a journalist, Wendy covered education, personality profiles, business, faith and social justice issues. Her work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Continental magazine, The Plain Dealer, The Columbus Dispatch, PAGES magazine, Quill magazine, Smart Health, Cleveland Clinic Magazine, Crain’s Cleveland Business, Catholic Online, COSE Update, Case Western Reserve University magazine and Profiles in Diversity Journal.
Wendy spent three years following the small school transformation of Cleveland Heights High School for KnowledgeWorks Foundation by reporting from inside the high school. Her final long-form narrative of that experience was published in October 2008.
In 2008 she was named a Peter Jennings Fellow for Journalism and the Constitution by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Penn. In May 2008, the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists awarded Wendy the Distinguished Service Award for Service to the Chapter and the Profession. She spent five consecutive years as a speaker at the annual Ted Scripps Leadership Training Program for journalists in Indianapolis and spoke about the impact of blogging on the media at the East Asia Journalists Forum in Seoul, South Korea in November 2004.