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Healthcare Partners, IPA, CEO Dr. Richard Merkin, Salute Enrollees Honored for Health Care Advocacy With Members of Congress
Date:12/9/2009

GARDEN CITY, N.Y., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthcare Partners, IPA and CEO Dr. Richard Merkin, are proud to salute Sheila and Arthur Tower, who have been honored and recognized by the Queens Borough, City of New York, for their community outreach in support of the nation's critical health care issues.

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The Towers, accompanied by Dr. John Gastright, Senior Medical Director at HCP, IPA and Priority Care Case Manager, Patrice Theobald, RN, went to Washington DC to meet personally with members of Congress letting them know that they like their current level of care, it works well for them and has made a critical difference in the quality of their lives.

In recognition of their outstanding efforts, the honors for the Towers states, "Whereas the Borough of Queens is built on a foundation of outstanding residents who, working together, have forged a wonderful community based on hard work and mutual respect and secured through the blessing of our great nation." Queens Borough President Helen Marshall acknowledged, "... in Sheila and Arthur Tower we have outstanding citizens who are worthy of the esteem of the community, the Borough and the City of New York"

The Towers, Dr. Gastright and Theobald met with Congressman Gary Ackerman, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy and senior level staff members of Senator Kristen Gillibrand, expressing a clear, direct message to protect Medicare and to discuss their successful experiences in accountable managed care from HCP, IPA.

"I'm a breast cancer survivor," said 74-year-old Sheila Tower. "And my care from HCP, IPA has made it so much easier to cope with my desire to beat and overcome this disease. I'm alive because of this and I wanted my legislators to know first
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