PITTSBURGH (April 27, 2015) — In a ceremony today, Highmark Health honored 12 employees for their outstanding volunteer work by presenting them with Jefferson Awards for Public Service and a monetary contribution for the nonprofit organization of their choice.
Highmark Health is one of 25 U.S. organizations that serve as Jefferson Awards Champions, bringing to the workplace the highest honor for public service, established more than four decades ago by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and other public figures.
As a Jefferson Awards Champion, Highmark Health annually recognizes employees who reflect the awards' value that each citizen is responsible for working to improve life in their communities through economic participation, public service, volunteerism and other efforts.
"Each year, when we honor our new round of Jefferson Awards winners, I am overwhelmed by their level of public service. This year, I am amazed — and inspired — once again," said Dan Onorato, executive vice president, Highmark Health. "As Highmark Health works to build healthier communities, we applaud the efforts of dedicated employees like our new Jefferson Awards winners. They are everyday heroes, working diligently to better the lives of friends and neighbors within their communities."
Leslie Geier, an employee of West Penn Hospital, part of the Allegheny Health Network, was selected as Highmark Health's overall winner and will represent the company at the National Jefferson Awards Conference in Washington, D.C. in June.
Employees who were honored at today's ceremony are:
The Jefferson Awards were co-founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Sen. Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard, as the "Nobel Prize" for public service. Named for Thomas Jefferson, one of America's most influential Founding Fathers and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, the Jefferson Awards' central tenet is that each and every citizen shares a responsibility to work toward the betterment of their communities through economic participation, public service, volunteerism and other such efforts to improve life for all. Today, the mission of the Jefferson Awards is to recognize, inspire and activate volunteerism and public service in communities, workplaces and schools across America. To date, more than 50,000 individuals, including many prominent Americans, have been recognized by the Jefferson Awards for their efforts to make the world a better place. For more information, visit www.jeffersonawards.org.
Highmark Health, a Pittsburgh, PA based enterprise that employs more than 35,000 people nationwide and serves 40 million Americans in all 50 states, is the third largest integrated health care delivery and financing network in the nation. Highmark Health is the parent company of Highmark Inc., Allegheny Health Network, and HM Health Solutions. Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates provide health insurance to 5.3 million members in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware as well as dental insurance, vision care and related health products through a national network of diversified businesses that include United Concordia Companies, HM Insurance Group, Davis Vision and Visionworks. Allegheny Health Network is the parent company of an integrated delivery network that includes eight hospitals, a community-based network of physician organizations, and a group purchasing organization, ambulatory surgery centers, and health and wellness pavilions in western Pennsylvania. HM Health Solutions focuses on meeting the information technology platform and other business needs of the Highmark Health enterprise as well as unaffiliated health insurance plans by providing proven business processes, expert knowledge and integrated cloud-based platforms. To learn more, please visit www.highmarkhealth.org.