December 10, 2014


Pinnacle Healthcare Advisors, Inc., is focused exclusively on partnering with healthcare providers to improve clinical, operational and financial performance. Their consultants have an average of 20 years of experience in healthcare, which includes working for both healthcare providers and consulting firms. Additionally, their consultants have both clinical/operational and IT experience and are experts at fully leveraging system capabilities to meet end-user needs. It’s this unique breadth of knowledge and experience that sets them apart.

Schaefer was tasked with updating the Pinnacle brand to match their highly specialized offerings and vast experience in an ever-changing industry. We worked through branding and collateral materials to give them a solution that separated them from their competition and gave them an identity that could work hard for them with a bold, strong presence.

The new logo eliminates the separated icon of the original and instead incorporates an angular flag into the letter P. It’s a simple design detail that simplifies their logo and creates a clean, modern look. The bold color palette of red and electric yellow was selected to stand out from the ocean of ‘waiting room’ blues and grays found throughout any healthcare sector.

Like most of our clients, Pinnacle’s offerings were already the top of their industry, what hey needed was a consistent brand identity with a personality. Now, they have the proper brand foundation to build on as their company continues to grow.

John Peter Smith Hospital was founded in the late 1800’s as a place where individuals from all walks of life could have exceptional medical care.  In the early 1900’s, the Fort Worth Medical College opened, later finding it’s permanent home at John Peter Smith hospital.  As Tarrant County has grown, so has JPS; now with over 500 beds and over 1,000,000 million patient encounters per year.  The hospital serves an extremely diverse patient base, as such there is extraordinary diversity in the types of cases that come through the health network – making it an ideal place for residents to do their training.  However, competition for top resident candidates is at an all time high – with the nations top teaching hospitals vying for the best and brightest.

Through the years, John Peter Smith Hospital has grown to become the largest hospital-based family medicine residency program in the nation.  In 2006 the organization came to Schaefer Advertising with a challenge: it wasn’t satisfied with the fact that it was one of the biggest programs out there – it wanted to be perceived as the very best and attract top performing medical school graduates.

Schaefer got right to work by delving deep into the minds of the future’s best family medicine physicians.  We conducted a qualitative research study – interviewing current residents and observing them on their rounds.  Through this, we found that the cream of the crop was more than just high IQs with the desire to own a medical practice – we uncovered that there was something deeper at work in the minds, and more importantly in the hearts of these residents.  We found that these individuals are passionate about making an impact in their communities. They have a true love of medicine going far beyond “practicing medicine”. They were missional in their cause, believing that they were helping contribute to a greater good.  Further, these professionals enjoy a rigorous challenge.  JPS offered the ideal package with diverse clinical experience and a heart for serving the medically underserved. Schaefer revamped the entire brand strategy for the residency program, creating an emotional connection with students and painting a picture of their future identity as a top family medicine resident. In nine years, applications have increased nearly 300 percent and test scores show that the program is attracting top students. Best yet, in 2014, U.S. News & World Report and Doximity ranked JPS among the top three family medicine programs in the country.  Now JPS is one of the biggest programs, proudly training the best.

Moncrief Cancer Institute in Fort Worth offers the premier breast cancer screening experience because everything from the rooms to the robe are tailored to making it as quick and comfortable an experience as possible. When they asked us to help promote this new service, we knew right where to start. After all, what better way to promote a premier experience than with a premier experience?

For Moncrief Cancer Institute’s Future of Academic Medicine event, we used a silver foil on two types of paper to create an upscale invitation. The main imagery on the sleeve is a line rendering of their building, which stands out well from the blue background. The use of silver foil in the negative space of the invitation also created a striking effect.

November 21, 2013

Nethery Eye Associates

An opthamology practice with five physicians, Nethery Eye Associates tasked the Schaefer team to develop an integrated marketing plan to increase patient traffic in light of a more competitive marketplace. We evaluated and refreshed their current branding to support these marketing efforts and executed the refreshed brand in a website, collateral and other patient education tools, and an online media campaign.

Educational Video Series
for Nethery Eye Associates

October 29, 2013

Cover Your Sneeze

Flu season is once again upon us. And without knowing it, a lot of extra germs could be as well.
The CDC requires healthcare providers to post visual alerts instructing patients to practice respiratory hygiene or cough etiquette. Most of the time, this manifests itself as cheesy cartoon illustrations, which are printed and laminated in-house. In other words, another flyer in a hospital or clinic that you don’t care to read. When JPS brought this challenge to Schaefer, we found a way to get the message noticed.

Photography by Robie Capps

October 20, 2013

WayPoint Healthcare Advisors

WayPoint Healthcare Advisors is a healthcare consulting firm in Fort Worth, Texas led by two senior level executives, each with 20+ years of experience in healthcare consulting. Faced with a rapidly changing healthcare environment, WayPoint Healthcare Advisors needed to evaluate their marketing initiatives. We worked with the WayPoint leadership to develop new branding and marketing materials to support public relation initiatives. This logo was initially launched through email marketing and a new website.

October 19, 2013

Small change. Big Impact.

The Story

JPS Foundation is a non-profit arm of John Peter Smith Hospital that helps raise money for things the hospital budget doesn’t cover such as baby supplies for low-income women, clothes for the homeless and medicines for those who can’t afford them.

When it came time for their annual employee giving campaign, they came to us with a challenge. Donations had been in decline for several years, as well as the number of employees who were donating. Employee involvement is an important metric when applying for funding, so it was up to us to bring the numbers up.

The Work

When you think of fundraisers for non-profits, you might think about the poster board thermometer that is gradually filled in with red sharpie. When the goal is a large sum of money, it can easily feel like the dollar or two you have to spare won’t make much of a dent. Since we needed as many people to participate as possible, we had to overcome this perception.

Our idea was to show that a small donation—even as little as a dollar—could actually have a real impact. That’s because many of the things JPS Foundation provides, such as a pair of socks or a pedometer, cost very little. We called the campaign Small Change, Big Impact and used a series of four videos to show how even inexpensive items could make a big difference in a person’s life.

The Results

It’s clear that JPS employees took the message to heart. JPS Foundation raised over $200,000 as a result of this campaign, up from $95,000 the previous year. The number of employees who participated also rose from 685 to 1019 in one year. And while it’s always great to see that a campaign worked, we’re most proud of the real, life-changing impact those stats represent.

June 22, 2013

The one thing

It’s easy to say that a hospital is there for a community, but Medical Center Arlington has the numbers to back it up. That’s why we put their stats front and center for their annual marketing campaign. We used brand colors and bold, three-dimensional numbers to highlight MCA’s many benefits to the people in and around Arlington. And what better place to engage than at the Ballpark in Arlington?

Rangers fans were introduced to the advanced services MCA offers right in their own backyard with both traditional and digital messaging throughout the ballpark. The takeaway? For all of their advanced care offerings, their priority is always one thing: the patient.