by Matthew O. Hurford, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization
Vice President, Behavioral Health, UPMC Insurance Services Division
This year marks 25 years since Community Care Behavioral Health Organization (Community Care) began an extraordinary journey to become a different kind of insurance company—a company that always puts people first. We understand that our role is to serve the communities that entrust us with the lives and well-being of their members. We will honor that trust by committing ourselves to continuous betterment of the work we do and expanding our partnerships to achieve it. In doing so, we will position ourselves to make the next 25 years of our history as successful as the first 25.
Throughout the year, we will be celebrating that work and those partnerships with a series of events to highlight the impact of our commitment to communities throughout Pennsylvania and to help focus our efforts on the most pressing issues of the future.
- A four-part, Innovations Lecture Series bringing content experts in systems integration, recovery, innovations and best practices, and health care integration will begin in May.
- Each month, brief webinar presentations will highlight our most innovative work across the state through a County Collaborations Webinar Series.
- Member events and outreach will be held throughout the year.
All events, timely information that impacts the work, and future projects will be highlighted in our new blog.
I would again like to express my enormous gratitude to the staff of Community Care. Your commitment to supporting the health and well-being of over 1 million of our neighbors is awesome, inspiring, and humbling, especially when considered in the context of the challenges we continue to face due to the ongoing pandemic and the war in Ukraine. You have been steadfast in your dedication to the mission of this organization; you have innovated around the obstacles presented by the pandemic; and you have reconfirmed that the very best of what we do and who we are comes from you.