PITTSBURGH (Aug. 21, 2019) — Three Highmark Health enterprise employees will share their stories on transitioning from the military into the civilian workforce on an episode of Lifetime's Military Makeover on Friday. Military Makeover with Montel Williams is a home improvement series focused on rebuilding the homes and lives of military and veterans with a special episode series, Operation Career, which profiles companies dedicated to hiring and empowering veterans transitioning out of the military.
Air Force veteran Sharon Duke, director of government affairs, United Concordia Dental, Army veteran Marc Nyarko, vice president of partnership and performance management, Highmark Inc., and Navy reservist Dawn Lobick, BSN, RN, manager of population health performance, Highmark Inc., will talk about their perspectives on transitioning from the military and opportunities for veterans in health care.
"Veterans bring to our organization extraordinary leadership, commitment, and discipline," said Dr. Lonie Haynes, vice president of diversity and inclusion, Highmark Health. "Not only do they bring exceptional talent, but they bring a unique perspective and background that is essential to our mission. We're grateful to our employees for sharing their stories and inspiring others to make a difference in veteran employment."
Highmark Health and United Concordia Dental are 2020 Bronze-level Military Friendly® employers, exceeding benchmark standards in veteran career opportunity and advancement, recruitment and onboarding, policies and compliance, hiring and onboarding, and culture and commitment. Highmark Health is also a founding member of the Pittsburgh Veteran Employer Coalition, a recently launched cohort of leading employers in the Pittsburgh region committed to sharing best practices and goals in veteran employment.
"When I got out of the military, I was hired by a veteran at Highmark who understood my skill set and value” said Sharon Duke. “Now, five of my seven field staff members are veterans and one has just joined the Air Guard. I am forever grateful to my military family, and proud to be part of an organization that values hiring other veterans as much as I do."
Military Makeover: Operation Career airs Friday, Aug. 23rd at 7:30 a.m.
Highmark Health, a Pittsburgh, PA-based company, is the lead company in an enterprise that employs more than 43,000 people who serve millions of Americans across the country and 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 more than 4.4 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.