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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 hand, this is not a place to make any cost cuts."

Her husband, 84-year-old Arthur Tower who suffers from Parkinson's disease, agrees: "We are both enrolled in Medicare Advantage and our care is preventative in that we are able to discuss our medical concerns and diagnosis before they get to the critical stage, saving us time and money, adding to the quality of our lives. We have peace of mind and less stress because we know we can reach out to HCP, IPA 24/7 and if necessary, they will send a nurse or doctor to our home."

"I'm proud Sheila and Arthur Tower have been recognized by our community leaders, as they exemplify dedication to outstanding health care and wellness issues for all seniors, " said Dr. Richard Merkin, CEO of HCP, IPA. "Taking their message directly to Members of Congress in Washington is critical and we are pleased their efforts are acknowledged."

"We value the hard work Sheila and Arthur Tower have contributed to bettering health care for seniors," said Kathy Nix, EVP of HCP, IPA. "They represent our best efforts in community outreach."

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. 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 bring together individual physicians, medical groups and independent practice associations that 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

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