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Dr. Richard Merkin and HealthCare Partners, IPA, New York Salute its Outstanding Senior Ambassadors

Friday, September 18, 2009 General News J E 4
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GARDEN CITY, N.Y., Aug. 21 Dr. Richard Merkin and HealthCare Partners, IPA, New York salutes its outstanding Senior Ambassadors who have distinguished themselves by participating in paid opportunities to input their skills into the workforce at HealthCare Partners, IPA offices in New York in an administrative capacity, and also by contributing to community outreach. HealthCare Partners, IPA manages and administers healthcare products for contracted health plans and provides special services for seniors, including the unique Ambassador program.

The Ambassador program was created in 2006 and currently has over 200 Ambassadors who assist other seniors with administrative questions regarding paperwork, special programs and events, coordinating programs at senior centers sponsored by HealthCare Partners, IPA. The Ambassador program represents the face of seniors involved with their healthcare provider and the community that includes the five boroughs. The Aging of New York Fund also appreciates the Ambassador Program for its unique contributions to seniors and the community.

"We are delighted to be a beneficiary of HealthCare Partners, IPA's outstanding Ambassador Program," said Ali Hodin-Baier, Executive Director, Aging in New York Fund. "It is a unique community outreach program that provides seniors an opportunity to share their experiences and professional expertise with other seniors and the community at large. The Ambassadors remain engaged, purpose oriented and are a fantastic model for healthy aging. I commend HealthCare Partners, IPA for prioritizing this important initiative."

"Our medical groups and IPAs including HealthCare Partners, IPA, provide exclusive programs for seniors designed to maximize patient health, function and ability to live independently, our Ambassador program is just one example." said Dr. Richard Merkin, CEO of HealthCare Partners, IPA, "I am thrilled to have seniors of the five boroughs getting involved with their community and staying healthy all while having fun and continuing to enjoy life!"

Kathy Nix, Executive Vice President and General Manager of HealthCare Partners, IPA believes the Ambassador program is a standout for the seniors and adds value to the five borough communities as well. "We've had great success and response from seniors with our Ambassador Program. We are the only company that I know of to recognize their valuable contributions in this manner as retired professionals. We strive to do everything possible to encourage their participation and input in the community. Our seniors are eager to participate with us in any way they can as ambassadors and the only complaint we hear is they want more hours with us."

The seniors answer phones, send out newsletters about community programs and activities, send out birthday cards to other members, check sign up sheets and exchange computer tips and skills and much more.

Hugh Parsons is 70 years old and has been involved in the Ambassador program for over three years. "As a former accountant, I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in the Ambassador program. At my age, it offers me very stimulating interaction in the work world, insight into the health care sector and meeting other involved seniors in the program. We exchange ideas and help each other with questions and concerns."

About HealthCare Partners, IPA

HealthCare Partners, IPA represents the cutting edge of accountable, coordinated, managed, patient-doctor centric, cost effective health care systems previewing the future of medicine and health care in the United States. Headquartered in Garden City, New York, HealthCare Partners, IPA develops programs and services that are responsive to the health care needs of today's patient. HealthCare Partners, IPA designs their networks to offer patients a comprehensive range of medical care in convenient locations. They organize and manage a network of independent practice physicians and integrate with hospitals and ancillary care providers to form integrated health care systems that represent a working, successful business model maintaining quality healthcare while containing costs. HealthCare Partners, IPA empowers members through health, wellness, and social programs and strives to enhance the quality of life for seniors.

www.hcpipa.com

About Aging in New York Fund: Aging in New York Fund is dedicated to improving the quality of life of older New Yorkers and their families. Through public/private partnerships, the Fund seeks resources to develop innovative service models that address the unmet needs of New York City's elderly, their caregivers and the network of aging service providers.

www.anyf.org

SOURCE HealthCare Partners, IPA
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