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Historical Timeline

Explore the historical timeline to experience the exciting history and growth of the Highmark Health enterprise as we've welcomed new businesses aboard to serve our customers, members and patients.

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Our Affiliates

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Health Plan Businesses

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2020

AHN Grove City in Grove City, Pa., becomes Allegheny Health Network's ninth hospital. AHN Hempfield, AHN McCandless and AHN Brentwood Neighborhood Hospitals become Allegheny Health Network's tenth, eleventh, and twelfth hospitals in western Pennsylvania.

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2019

Highmark fully divests of its interest in Visionworks through sale to VSP Global.

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2017

Centerbridge Partners, L.P. and Highmark Inc. and its subsidiary HVHC complete a transaction in which Centerbridge acquires Davis Vision and minority interest in Visionworks, and Highmark acquires minority interest in the combined Davis Vision/Superior Vision business.

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2016

HM Home & Community Services launched to assist health insurers and providers improve post-acute care and continuity of care for their members and patients.

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2015

Highmark Inc. merged with Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, extending the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield brand to northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.

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2013

Highmark Business Solutions formed to provide technology and business solutions to the health insurance industry, later renamed and launched as HM Health Solutions in 2014.

Highmark Health launched as new parent of Highmark Inc. and Allegheny Health Network and their respective subsidiaries and affiliates.

Allegheny Health Network launched as parent of an integrated health care delivery network that includes eight hospitals; more than 2,500 affiliated physicians; and additional facilities, institutions and services.

Highmark Inc. affiliated with Jefferson Regional Medical Center, including Jefferson Hospital; Saint Vincent Health System, including Westfield Memorial Hospital; and West Penn Allegheny Health System, including Allegheny General, Allegheny Valley, Canonsburg, Forbes and West Penn Hospitals.

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2012

Highmark Inc. affiliated with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware, later renamed and assuming the trade name Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware.

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2011

HVHC Inc. rebranded Eye Care Centers of America as Visionworks.

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2006

HVHC Inc. acquired optical eyewear retailer Eye Care Centers of America.

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2005

Highmark Inc. entered into joint venture arrangement with Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania to offer joint products through First Priority Health and First Priority Life Insurance Company.

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2004

Highmark assumed full control of Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield, later renamed and assuming the trade name Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia.

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1999

Highmark Inc. first affiliated with Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield.

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1996

Clarity Vision formed, later renamed HVHC Inc.

Pennsylvania Blue Shield acquired managed vision care provider Davis Vision.

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1996

Highmark Inc. formed through consolidation of Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Blue Shield.

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1992

United Concordia Companies established as a subsidiary of Pennsylvania Blue Shield.

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1990

Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania acquired TransGeneral Life and Casualty Group, later renamed HM Insurance Group.

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1988

Fifth Avenue Place in downtown Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle became Highmark's headquarters building.

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1978

Forbes Hospital founded, later becoming part of West Penn Allegheny Health System and Allegheny Health Network.

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1977

Jefferson Hospital founded, later becoming part of Allegheny Health Network.

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1964

Davis Vision incorporated to provide managed vision care programs.

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1942

Westfield Memorial Hospital (New York) founded, later affiliating with Saint Vincent Hospital and becoming part of Allegheny Health Network.

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1940

Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Blue Shield entered into joint operating agreement.

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1939

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania enrolled first members in northeastern Pennsylvania in the wake of the Great Depression.

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1937-39

Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Blue Shield established to operate hospital and professional health service plans in Pennsylvania.

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1935

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware formed in Wilmington, Delaware.

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1930s

Predecessors to Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield founded in West Virginia.

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1929

Predecessor to the modern Blue Cross Blue Shield organization established in Dallas, Texas.

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1917

Davis Optical, predecessor to Davis Vision, established as family-owned optical store.

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1909

Allegheny Valley Hospital founded, later becoming part of West Penn Allegheny Health System and Allegheny Health Network.

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1904

Canonsburg Hospital founded, later becoming part of West Penn Allegheny Health System and Allegheny Health Network.

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1903

Homestead Hospital founded, later becoming part of Jefferson Hospital.

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1902

St. Joseph's Hospital founded, later becoming part of Jefferson Hospital.

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1885

Allegheny General Hospital founded, later becoming part of West Penn Allegheny Health System and Allegheny Health Network.

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1875

Saint Vincent Hospital founded, later becoming part of Allegheny Health Network.

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1848

The Western Pennsylvania (West Penn) Hospital founded, later becoming part of West Penn Allegheny Health System and Allegheny Health Network.