Independence Blue Cross (Independence) was honored with the Corporate Citizen of the Year award at the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry’s 2023 Annual Awards Celebration on Nov. 2 at Longwood Gardens.
Independence President and CEO Greg Deavens accepted the award on behalf of the company. The award was presented by Dick Vermeil, former head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Pro Football Hall of Fame member, and an Independence spokesperson for 40 years.
The Corporate Citizen of the Year Award honors a corporation that serves the community through valuable partnerships, philanthropic efforts, and community service.
In his remarks, Deavens spoke about Independence’s commitment to Chester County and its residents. Today, more than 140,000 Chester County residents are members of Independence’s health plans. The Blue Crew, Independence’s employee volunteer program, supports a range of Chester County organizations.
Also, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation has invested $5.4 million in Chester County since 2011 to help nonprofit organizations address public health issues. The Foundation has also made more than $1.1 million in grants to local universities in Chester County like West Chester and Lincoln University to fund scholarships and paid internships for nursing students. In addition, The Foundation has awarded more than $4 million to seven health centers in the County through the Blue Safety Net Program, which aims to increase access to free or low-cost health care in areas where it’s needed.
Also honored at the event was Maureen Tomoschuck, president and CEO of Community Volunteers in Medicine, an organization that has received support from the Independence Blue Cross Foundation.