Independent Health among Best Companies to Work fo

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 5, 2015) – Independent Health has been named one of the best companies to work for in New York State for the eighth consecutive year.

The eighth 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 truly honored and excited to be recognized as one of the best companies to work for in New York State for the eighth 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 and reflects how our strong culture and community-minded spirit resonate throughout our organization."

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 21, in Albany.

Independent Health employees enjoy many great benefits, including a generous paid time off package, education assistance, 401(k) retirement savings plan and an Employee Assistance Program, in addition to career development opportunities, rewards and recognition honors, a robust worksite wellness program and several company-wide events.

Employees also have the opportunity to give back to the community. Last year, nearly 400 employees volunteered at events throughout Western New York. Additionally in 2014, Independent Health employees raised approximately $123,000 for charities throughout Western New York through its dress down program.

The 2015 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 Ryan; Capital District Physicians' Health Plan; Broadridge Financial Solutions; and Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP.

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

Independent Health, a not-for-profit health plan headquartered in Buffalo, New York, serves nearly 375,000 members and provides innovative health care products and benefits designed to engage consumers in their health and well-being. Established in 1980, our comprehensive portfolio of progressive products include HMO, POS, PPO and EPO products, Medicare and Medicaid plans, traditional indemnity insurance, individual and small group Exchange products, consumer-directed plans and health savings accounts, plus coverage for self-funded employers. Our subsidiaries and affiliate companies include pharmacy benefit management, specialty pharmacy and the Independent Health Foundation.

The company has been recognized nationally for its award winning customer service, dedication to quality health care and unmatched relationships with physicians and providers. To learn more, go to www.independenthealth.com.