Culture

WE HAVE DESKS, BUT WE RARELY SIT

OUR VALUE COMES FROM LIVING OUR VALUES

We look ahead to find our reputation, never backwards. Each of us at Avant Healthcare earns the business every day. It’s a shared set of values we call H4S: Healthy, Hungry, Honorable, Humble, and Smart.

Our Story
Our Story

THE SPARE BEDROOM THAT NEVER STOPPED GROWING

A lot has changed since founder and CEO Deborah Wood started our company from a spare bedroom in her home in 1994. Back then we were a one-person show, a medical education company setting the scene for vibrant dialogue among HCPs to learn about advances in patient care.

Now, after a few name tweaks and office moves, we’re a full-service medical communications agency with hundreds of staff in locations across the United States. Through it all, we’ve held true to the belief that what we do, what our clients do, and the patients we do it for truly matter.

And we’ve noticed two things: our very first client is still our client and, whether it’s through impactful content, optimized KOL relationships, or intricately crafted education experiences, we’re still educating and engaging HCPs.

OUR CORPORATE CULTURE SETS OUR COMPANY APART

Our work is rewarding, but so is our workplace. Our corporate culture is vibrant because of our passionate people that bring innovation, creativity, inspiration, enthusiasm, and a strong work ethic.

We work hard. We have a supportive team-oriented culture that maximizes the talents and strengths of our staff and focuses on making a positive impact in the lives of patients.

We play hard. We celebrate personal milestones (weddings, babies, graduations/certifications), have friendly competitions (chili-cook offs, Halloween costume contests, Peeps diorama displays), and participate in off-site events (happy hours, summer outings, community service projects, and holiday celebrations).

All of these elements—meaningful work, supportive colleagues, and a dynamic, exciting corporate community—make up our Total Rewards philosophy.

Innovation Festivals
Innovation Festivals

TODAY BECOMES TOMORROW QUICKLY. WE ARE READY.

Innovation at Avant Healthcare means we’re committed to pursuing and discovering solutions that provide our clients with meaningful strategic insights, smarter and faster ways to impact their customers, and more creative and memorable ways to engage their audience.

To that end, we regularly hold innovation-themed activities and events, where team members take time out of their busy schedules to dream up and design the next big concept or prototype based on real challenges in healthcare marketing. Each of our services also have internal innovation champions that are dedicated to brainstorming new ideas, sharing best practices, and identifying opportunities for efficiencies and solution enhancements.

You can check out the scene from one of our events, the 48-Hour Innovation Festival, click the button below.

WE CARE, WE GIVE, AND WE VOLUNTEER

We are all parents, patients, family, or friends. And we care about our community, our neighbors, our environment, and the impact we have (and can have) as a caring business. Whether individually or as a company, we realize—and revel in—responsibility as its own reward.

AFTER ALL, WE LIVE WHERE WE WORK

Serving others infuses our work life—service to community, to clients, and to each other.

Named after our parent company, DWA Healthcare Communications Group, DWA CARES was established as a vehicle for employees to donate time, their talents, or funds toward supporting the charitable, research, education, and social support organizations they hold dear. Guided by the belief that true leadership is reflected in service to others, DWA CARES is structured to offer leadership opportunities for staff interested in spearheading the initiatives that give Avant Healthcare employees the opportunities necessary to make a positive impact in the community at both individual and company levels. Below is a list of organizations our staff have supported this year to help make a difference in our community.

  • Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital: Capes for Kids
  • Donate Life
  • Riley Children’s Foundation- Camp Riley
  • Rainbows for All Children
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation
  • United Way
  • American Diabetes Association- ADA Walk
  • St. Vincent Cancer Walk (St. Vincent Foundation)
  • Back on My Feet
  • Indiana Blood Center
  • Carmel Marathon Events

The Golden Ticket
The Golden Ticket

THE GOLDEN TICKET HELPS COLLEAGUES SUPPORT CAUSES

The Golden Ticket program is our company’s way of giving each other additional means to “pay it forward.” “Golden Ticket” funds are provided to a random staff member at different points throughout the year with the hope that they will do more than just give that money directly to a cause or charity. Executive Director Nikki Snodgrass shares the story of how she used the Golden Ticket.

I received the golden ticket when a family member had just gone through a near death experience with her son Max who was in a horrible motor bike accident.

This was the headline: “Michigan boy survives motorbike accident thanks to high-risk surgery performed at U of M” with the sub-headline: Surgeons at CS Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor remove boy’s liver to perform operation that no one has survived before.

Max’s operation lasted 10 hours and required 50 units of blood. Doctors had to remove Max’s liver, repair it, and then transplant it back into his body. This is the first time in the world this operation has been performed successfully for this type of injury. They called this surgery a medical miracle, but Max still came very close to dying because the hospital did not have enough blood.

In addition to donating the golden ticket money to the CS Mott Children’s Hospital I was inspired to start donating blood on a regular basis. When I shared this story with my work family there were several others who wanted to join me. We started going to donate blood every two months. We have more than made up for the amount of blood required during his initial surgery which was our initial goal.

To think – Max could have lost his life after a miracle surgery because of a shortage of blood. This inspired me to do something we all can do to help save a life!

The Green Initiative
The Green Initiative

LIMITING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT, HELPING THE EARTH

We also care about service to the planet and to future generations. Our Green Initiative is an extension of our current service to the community as we strive to reduce our environmental footprint and increase our environmental awareness.

We currently have a number of green practices in place throughout the office and are seeking to expand these efforts. We reuse materials and supplies when possible; we recycle cardboard, aluminum cans, and paper; and we properly dispose of unwanted electronics and empty toner cartridges, recycling them when possible. For an idea of how and why we do it, check out a recent infographic we put together in commemoration of Earth Day 2015.