Independent Health among Best Companies to Work fo

Independent Health among Best Companies to Work for in New York State for sixth consecutive year

BUFFALO, N.Y. (February 4, 2013) – For the sixth consecutive year, Independent Health has been named one of the best companies to work for in New York State.

The sixth annual Best Companies to Work for in New York State survey and awards program identifies and honors the top places of employment in the state. Independent Health is a finalist in the large-size company category, which includes companies with 250 or more U.S. employees. Since its inception in 2007, the Best Companies program has quickly become a prestigious honor for winners, and a company’s participation often leads to valuable long-term benefits for its corporate culture.

"Independent Health is honored and excited to be recognized as one of the best companies to work for in New York state for the sixth consecutive year," said Michael W. Cropp, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Independent Health. "Independent Health’s positive culture has been the cornerstone of the company’s success. We have a strong reputation for our dedication to customer service, and this distinction is a credit to our diligent, caring employees who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of their colleagues and customers."

Employers from across New York took part in the program’s two-part process to determine the best companies. Also, the Best Companies Group conducted a survey, which evaluated and ranked the best places of employment based on employee satisfaction, engagement, and workplace practices and policies.

Independent Health will be recognized at the Best Companies to Work for in New York State awards dinner on April 30, at the Marriott in Albany where the final rankings and winners will be revealed.

Independent Health employees enjoy many great benefits, including paid time off, education assistance, 401(k) retirement savings plan and an Employee Assistance Program. The company also offers holiday pay, career development opportunities and a robust worksite wellness program.

In 2012, Independent Health employees raised approximately $160,000 for charities throughout Western New York through its dress down program. Employees also have the opportunity to give back to the community through various volunteer opportunities. Last year more than 200 employees volunteered at events.

The Best Companies to Work for in New York State program is a partnership between the NYS-SHRM, The Business Council of New York and Best Companies Group. The 2013 event is sponsored by Jackson Lewis, LLP and Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan.

For more information on the Best Companies to Work for in New York State program, please visit

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