PITTSBURGH (April 24, 2018) — In a ceremony yesterday, the Highmark Health organization honored dedicated 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 28 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.
Highmark Health was the very first organization in the country to receive certification from the Jefferson Awards Foundation as an outstanding employee volunteer organization. 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 employees through the Jefferson Awards, I am always left simply amazed and inspired by their passion and dedication to public service," said Dan Onorato, executive vice president, Highmark Health. "At Highmark Health, we believe that we share a responsibility to give back to, reinvest in, and strengthen our communities. These employees have shown what it means to be committed to that belief. We congratulate and applaud them for making such a powerful difference in their communities and beyond."
Jason Holman of Orlando, Florida and optician at Visionworks, 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.
The Highmark Health employees honored at yesterday's ceremony, listed with employer and hometown, are:
The Jefferson Awards Foundation is America's gold seal of public service. Like their namesake, they believe engaging in social good inspires purpose and drives lasting solutions for our communities and the nation. Their five programs accelerate and amplify public service. JAF delivers tools for collective engagement and empowers anyone to make an impact. They train and activate Americans to take action and to be leaders in schools, communities, workplaces and the world. The Jefferson Awards Foundation is the country's most prestigious and longest standing public service award. With celebration, they say thank you. In sharing the stories of America's best citizens, they empower them to do more and inspire all to take action. To learn more about the Jefferson Awards Foundation, visit: www.jeffersonawards.org or engage with our community on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Highmark Health, a Pittsburgh, PA based enterprise that employs more than 40,000 people who serve millions of Americans across the country, is the second largest integrated health care delivery and financing network in the nation based on revenue. 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 nearly 5 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, and Visionworks. Allegheny Health Network is the parent company of an integrated delivery network that includes eight hospitals, more than 2,800 affiliated physicians, ambulatory surgery centers, an employed physician organization, home and community-based health services, a research institute, a group purchasing organization, 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.