Independent Health is One of the Best Companies

Independent Health is One of the Best Companies to Work for in New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. (May 6, 2011) – For the fourth consecutive year, Independent Health is one of the best companies to work for in New York State.

Independent Health was among the honorees at an awards dinner on May 5 in Albany. This program, presented by the New York State Society for Human Resource Management, in conjunction with Best Companies Group and the Business Council of New York State, motivates companies to focus on moving their workplace towards excellence. Overall, Independent Health was ranked 13.

“Independent Health is honored to be one of the best companies to work for in New York State for the fourth consecutive year,” said Gord Cumming, senior vice president and chief administrative officer, Independent Health. “Built on passion, caring, respect, collaboration and accountability, we have created a culture that leverages our human potential to the fullest and is strengthened by the talents of our diverse workforce. We are proud to offer a positive work experience for our associates.”

This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in New York, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The final rankings based on a company evaluation and employee survey.

“This special honor is a direct reflection of the remarkable dedication and passion our associates share,” said Cumming. “Their dedication translates to outstanding service for our customers and members every day.”

For the second year in a row Independent Health is the highest rated health plan in the nation for customer service, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Quality Compass® 2010. Also, for the second consecutive year, Independent Health has received the top health insurance plan ranking in the New York/New Jersey region and the second highest ranking in the nation by J.D. Power & Associates.
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Headquartered in Buffalo, Independent Health began operations in 1980 and has consistently been rated among the top health plans in the country for customer service and member satisfaction. Independent Health’s comprehensive portfolio of product and service offerings include HMO, POS, PPO and EPO products, Medicare and Medicaid plans, traditional indemnity insurance, consumer-directed plans, coverage for self-funded employers, plus health savings account (HSA) and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services. Combined, the company provides health benefits and services to nearly 375,000 individuals in Western New York and throughout the country. For more information, visit Independent Health’s website at