At its annual conference next month in Orlando, FL, the AHA's Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development will present its 2017 Leadership Excellence Award to Jeffrey Kraut, executive vice president of strategy and analytics for Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, NY. The award, the society’s highest honor, recognizes the best and brightest professionals in health care strategic planning, marketing, public relations, communications and physician relations. The AHA personal membership group also will honor as a 2017 SHSMD Rising Star under age 40 Julia Yoder, director of public relations and marketing at Brookings (SD) Health System. For more on the award recipients, see the news release.