One of the Best Companies to Work for in New York

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. (April 27, 2012) – For the fifth 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 April 26 in Albany. Overall, Independent Health was ranked 9th. 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.

“Independent Health is honored to be one of the best companies to work for in New York State for the fifth 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 employees.”

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 were based on a company evaluation and employee survey.

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

Independent Health has also maintained “Excellent” accreditation status with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent organization that evaluates health plans throughout the country. In 2009 and 2010, Independent Health was the highest rated health plan in the nation for customer service according to NCQA's Quality Compass®.

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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