PITTSBURGH (April 25, 2019) — 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 117 U.S. organizations that participate in Multiplying Good's Champions Program, bringing to the workplace the nation's highest honor for public service. Formerly known as the Jefferson Awards Foundation, Multiplying Good was established more than four decades ago by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Robert Taft and Sam Beard.
Highmark Health was the very first organization in the country to receive certification from Multiplying Good as an outstanding employee volunteer organization. As a Multiplying Good 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.
"At Highmark Health, volunteerism and a passion for community service is a fundamental part of who we are," said Dan Onorato, executive vice president, Highmark Health. "Each year, it is always our privilege to honor and recognize the employees across our enterprise who make such a powerful difference in their communities and beyond."
Michael Simon, RN of Bethel Park, Pa. and a Highmark Health nurse recruiter for Allegheny General Hospital nursing administration, 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.
With a background in health care and leadership, Michael founded Picnic in the Park, an annual event which provides health screenings, clothing donations, and a BBQ lunch for the homeless living on the North Side of Pittsburgh. Michael designed Picnic in the Park to help local nursing students develop their nursing and leadership skills while providing proactive health care to populations in need. Over the past six years, Picnic in the Park has served more than 500 homeless individuals.
The Highmark Health employees honored at yesterday's ceremony, listed with employer and hometown, are:
Highmark Health, a Pittsburgh, PA-based enterprise that employs more than 43,000 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 4.5 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 2,300 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, visit www.highmarkhealth.org.