Independent Health among Best Companies to Work fo

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. (January 13, 2014) - Independent Health has been named one of the best companies to work for in New York State for the seventh consecutive year.

The seventh 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 takes a great deal of pride in our company’s culture, so we are truly honored and excited to be recognized as one of the best companies to work for in New York State for the seventh consecutive year,” said Michael W. Cropp, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Independent Health. “This honor validates the investment Independent Health makes to ensure a positive work experience for our employees. Built on passion, caring, respect, collaboration and accountability, we have created a culture that leverages the potential of our employees to the fullest and is strengthened by the talents of our diverse workforce. This distinction, as well as our success as a company, is a credit to our 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 May 6, 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, rewards and recognition honors, a robust worksite wellness program and several company-wide events for employees to enjoy.

Employees also have the opportunity to give back to the community. Last year, more than 200 employees volunteered at events throughout Western New York. Additionally in 2013, Independent Health employees raised approximately $145,000 for charities throughout Western New York through its dress down program.

The 2014 Best Companies to Work for in New York State Awards is a partnership of the New York State Society for Human Resource Management (NYS-SHRM), The Business Council of New York, Best Companies Group and Journal Multimedia Corporation. The program is sponsored by Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan; Jackson Lewis, LLP; Acorda Therapeutics; Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP; DigitasLBi; MBMS, Inc.; and WellnessRebates, LLC.

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