HMP Communications Announces Strategic Management Realignments; Launches Dermatology Division

HMP Communications, the authoritative source for comprehensive information and education serving the healthcare industry, announced today several strategic initiatives that will enable the company to develop a larger, more diversified portfolio of communication products in the fields of Dermatology and Wound Care.

“Medical communications must move at the speed of technological advancements and innovations,” says HMP Communications Holdings LLC’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Paul Mackler. “In order to create a more nimble organization, it is essential that we build an internal infrastructure that is agile and responsive to the specialties we serve.”

Bill Norton, formerly Vice President, Meetings & Trade Shows, will succeed Peter Norris as President of HMP Communications. Norton has more than 20 years of experience in various senior management roles, and joined the company in January 2008. His background and experience include publishing, trade show production and management, healthcare and biopharmaceutical conference development and association management. He has also partnered with leading trade associations and professional societies in the nursing, pharmaceutical and a variety of other medical fields. Norton will be responsible for day-to-day management of HMP Communications.

“The medical communications sector is evolving and changing,” says Norton. “HMP Communications is in a position to lead and I look forward to continuing to work with our talented management team and committed staff as we build HMP’s footprint in this exciting industry.”

Norris will lead both the Dermatology and Wound Care Divisions as Executive Vice President of HMP Communications. He will be responsible for planning and content initiatives as well as have primarily responsibility in the development of strategy, association management and society relations for both divisions.

“For the past several years, Peter has effectively led HMP Communications and helped establish HMP’s publications and web portals as the best in their industries,” says Jeff Hennessy, President & Chief Operating Officer of HMP Communications Holdings LLC. “His keen knowledge and expertise are key as HMP develops these divisions.”

“Dermatology and Wound Care are fields that will continue to see new growth and cutting-edge treatments as America’s population ages,” says Norris. “The staff of both divisions has already established solid reputations of delivering the necessary information and data our audience requires. I’m looking forward to participating in their expansion.”

Steve Gephart, former Group Publisher, Long Term Care (LTC) Division, has been appointed Group Publisher for Skin & Aging, an award-winning journal that reaches nearly 12,000 dermatologists and delivers both clinical and practical information to medical professionals who work in the field. Gephart will also spearhead the development of a newly created Dermatology Division with planned launches of dermatology-focused meetings and communication products in 2009 and 2010.

Skin & Aging provides dermatologists with both practical information to assist them in running their day-to-day practices as well as the most up-to-date clinical information necessary to successfully treat their patients. It is well respected in the field, connecting with clinicians in print, online and at eight major dermatology meetings including the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, American Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting, Fall Clinical Dermatology Conference, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, and the Hawaii Winter Clinical Meeting. Specialized newsletters produced by Skin & Aging include Derm Nurse, Derm Resident, Derm PA, Derm Practice, Extensions – An Educational Newsletter for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners in Dermatology and Pathways, which offers practical career advice for dermatology residents.

Gephart and Jeremy Bowden, Vice President/Group Publisher of HMP’s Wound Care Division will report to Norris.

HMP Communications’ Wound Care Division has experienced tremendous growth and success over the past 12 months, adding Podiatry Today to its portfolio and a second Symposium on Advanced Wound Care Fall (SAWC) scheduled for September 16-18, 2009, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and Wound Healing Society (SAWC/WHS), along with the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC), has served the industry for more than two decades and hosts the largest audience of wound care specialists in the United States.

The Wound Care Division portfolio also includes WOUNDS, the most widely read, peer-reviewed journal focusing on wound care and research; Ostomy Wound Management (OWM), the only peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary publication specifically dedicated to the advanced wound care practitioner; and Today’s Wound Clinic; a journal developed to serve the specific needs of clinicians and administrators of outpatient within the growing wound clinics marketplace.

HMP Communications Holdings LLC, is the parent company of wholly-owned subsidiaries HMP Communications LLC and NACCME LLC (North American Center for Continuing Medical Education). Both companies serve the vital needs of the medical community through various business models.

HMP Communications, LLC has spent the past 2 decades focusing on advances in the clinical care and treatment in some of the world’s most debilitating diseases and medical conditions. Today, healthcare professionals consider HMP Communications, LLC medical journals, websites, meetings and symposia as authoritative sources for comprehensive information in the fields of wound care, dermatology, podiatry, cardiovascular care, electrophysiology, long term care, managed care, diabetes, arthritis, and specialized primary care. HMP Communications, LLC journals are both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed to best disseminate critical content in the most effective manner for readers. In addition to online and print media, the company produces and manages tradeshows, conferences, symposia, digital programs and customized programs.

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