Navigation Links
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Demonstrates Community Commitment with Fifth William C. Van Faasen Community Service Sabbatical

2010 Sabbatical Recipient to Join the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

Boston, MA (Vocus) May 5, 2010 -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA), a local, not-for-profit health plan, today announced the 2010 recipient of its annual William C. Van Faasen Community Service Sabbatical. BCBSMA’s sabbatical program gives one employee per year an opportunity to take a paid leave-of-absence to work for a charitable organization. This year’s winner, Charles Selk, a project analyst with BCBSMA, will complete a six-month sabbatical at The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), a Cambridge-based non-profit organization that provides data and insight to local and national philanthropic funders so they can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness and impact.

Selk, a Cambridge resident, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) student at Northeastern University, will serve as a technical consultant and developer at CEP beginning this summer. He’ll work to streamline processes and transform CEP’s data entry and migration strategy to make the organization more efficient. Click here to view a video of BCBSMA surprising Selk with the 2010 sabbatical win.

“All organizations need data to understand how they are doing, but for foundations, the right data is hard to come by,” said CEP President Phil Buchanan. “CEP’s data fills this void, and Charles’ work will be instrumental in helping us become more efficient so we can improve the effectiveness and impact of the organizations we serve.”

BCBSMA’s sabbatical program, in its fifth year, is part of BCBSMA’s commitment as a corporate citizen to support the communities our members call home. It was created in 2005, by BCBSMA’s Board of Directors to honor Bill Van Faasen, former CEO who is currently serving as Interim CEO.

“BCBSMA’s sabbatical program allows our associates to give back to the community in a very personal way,” said Fredi Shonkoff, Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations. “After a thoughtful review process of several deserving candidates, the Sabbatical Committee selected Charles Selk for the unique capabilities he will bring to the Center for Effective Philanthropy.”

Selk’s desire to become more involved in community service grew out of his work with BlueCrew, BCBSMA’s volunteer program that encourages associates to give back to their communities. Last year, BlueCrew participants donated over 14,000 hours of volunteer service to help meet critical community needs across the Commonwealth.

Last year’s sabbatical recipient, Emmie Chatzimanika, was also an involved member of BlueCrew. She is currently completing a six-month sabbatical with Fenway High School’s Junior Ventures program that teaches important business, professional, and organizational skills to juniors and seniors. Chatzimanika has been working with great enthusiasm on the expansion of the Program, creating and managing an Advisory Committee to ensure the development of a detailed business plan and a roadmap for growth. She completes her sabbatical this June.

The sabbatical program is one of many ways BCBSMA supports the community. Through widespread community service, financial contributions and meaningful strategic partnerships, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts remains a dedicated corporate citizen committed to promoting the health of its members and strengthening the communities they call home.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts ( was founded 73 years ago by a group of community-minded business leaders. Today, headquartered in Boston, BCBSMA provides coverage to nearly 3 million members, 2.5 million in Massachusetts. BCBSMA believes in rewarding doctors and hospitals for delivering safe and effective care, and in empowering patients to take more responsibility, become educated health care consumers and become stronger partners with their doctors. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Jenna McPhee


Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2010 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Smoking Ban Good Step Toward a Healthier Michigan, Says Blue Cross
2. Adventurer Sets Sea Trial for World Record Human-Powered Ocean Crossing from Canada to Hawaii
3. New Red Cross PSA Highlights Haiti Relief and Features Music by John Mayer
4. American Red Cross and Other U.S. Blood Centers Send Blood to Haiti
5. Entertainment Celebrities Support Red Cross Holiday Giving Campaign
6. Independence Blue Cross Announces Blue Distinction Centers(R) for Two New Specialties: Knee and Hip Replacement and Spine Surgery
7. Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Expands Blue Distinction(R) Designation to Include Spine Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacement
8. In a Cross-Country Comeback, Skier With Type 1 Diabetes Named to U.S. Olympic Team
9. Taylor Promoted to Independence Blue Cross Chief Marketing Executive
10. Independence Blue Cross Announces New, Expanded Role For Key Executive
11. Anthem Blue Cross Partners With California Regional Hospital Associations and The National Health Foundation To Launch an Historic Three-Year Statewide Patient Safety Collaborative
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Demonstrates Community Commitment with Fifth William C. Van Faasen Community Service Sabbatical 
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... The ... waive paid entry and parking fees at several of their most popular properties, ... Great Barrington in support of REI’s Black Friday #OptOutside Campaign. The Trustees encourage ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... In response to recent news ... deaths from prescription opioids in the United States grew 400 percent between 1999 and ... opioids were involved in 37 percent of all fatal drug overdoses. (1) , While ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, ... at a live taping of the next CURE Connections® video series ... Cancers 2015 Symposium at Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center in Washington, D.C. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... AL (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... American ... announced today the opening of a holiday pop-up clinic located in Metro Atlanta’s North ... needs in a new and different way. The location is scheduled to operate through ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... With Thanksgiving right around the ... safety tips to help protect your family and vehicle. , According to the National ... Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Amica is sharing the following safety tips from the NHTSA: ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... 24, 2015  Figure 1, a free mobile-first network ... cases, has launched a new completely redesigned web version ... allows radiologists, who work primarily on a desktop, to ... with its radiologist user base, Figure 1 is hosting ... North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015  Family Rentals, a ... announced the launch of their newly designed, mobile-responsive ... --> Logo ... --> --> Now, renting essential ... and vacation, just got a whole lot easier ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... The uptake of recently approved and pipeline premium products for Type 1 ... 2021, says GBI Research . --> ... Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM), will be a key driver of market growth to ... The uptake of recently approved and pipeline premium products for Type ... to 2021, says GBI Research . ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: