Catskills, New York — Healthcare is typically full of a lot of finger pointing and blame. You did that; so now you must do this. For healthcare consumers, every interaction can feel like a giant penalty box.

But when the hero of UnitedHealthcare’s latest spot stretches out his pointed finger, things get a lot more fun. As the opening chords of “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” start to play, the couple decides to recreate the famous scene from Dirty Dancing (you know, without all the practice sessions Johnny Castle grumped through with Baby).

The results are predictable: crash landing! But the commercial is anything but. As the couple finds their way into the “complex healthcare system,” the spot keeps every moment of it delightfully human.


Extra kudos to the Leo Burnett and UnitedHealthcare teams for making Skype-style telehealth look like an easy, natural way to interact with a physician. Only Audi has made new technology look even less intimidating!

About the Author:

As Managing Director of Innovation for Syneos Health Communications, Leigh is responsible for shaping the company’s perspective on the next era of healthcare marketing. Through thought leadership, strategic innovation workshops and new products and capabilities, Leigh focuses on identifying marketing approaches that will fuel that new era and generate significant growth for clients. Leigh has worked with Fortune 1000 companies to craft their digital, mobile, social and CRM strategies for over 17 years. She’s worked for category-leading agencies in retail, public affairs, B2B technology, and higher education. Prior to moving to Syneos Health Communications, she had several leadership roles at one of our agencies, GSW. There, she founded an innovation practice fueled by the zeitgeist and spearheaded digital and innovation thinking across the business. Leigh has taken a special interest in complex healthcare products that can change lives in meaningful ways. She was recently a strategic lead on the 3rd largest launch in pharmaceutical history: Tecfidera. Before that she had keys roles with Eli Lilly Oncology, Abbott Nutrition, Amgen Cardiovascular, and Eli Lilly Diabetes. A critical part of Leigh’s work is trends and new ideas. Every year, she convenes a group of trend watchers from across our global network to identify the shifts most critical to healthcare marketers. Leigh is a sought-after writer and speaker. Recognized as one of the most inspiring people in the pharmaceutical industry by PharmaVoice, Leigh also was recognized as a Rising Star by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) for her overt passion, industry thought leadership and significant contributions in new business, strategy and mentoring.