Skip to main content

NEWSROOM

Related Information

Browse our archives:

Press Releases

Highmark West Virginia provides $10,000 to Lily's Place to fund parent program

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (Jan. 19, 2016) — Today, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia presented Lily's Place with a $10,000 contribution to fund an educational training program for parents and caretakers of infants suffering from prenatal drug exposure. Through this program, families will learn how to overcome the obstacles and challenges of caring for an infant with special needs resulting from neonatal abstinence syndrome.

"This is a one-of-a-kind West Virginia facility fulfilling a critical need in the state, particularly in Huntington, where the incidence of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome is a growing public health concern," said Fred Earley, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia president. "By supporting Lily's Place, we hope families caring for drug-dependent babies will have access to the programs and resources they need to ensure their best chance of recovery after leaving the facility."

Lily's Place provides immediate, short-term care to infants suffering from prenatal drug exposure and offers non-judgmental support, education and counseling for families, all without taxpayer assistance. Since opening its doors in October 2014, Lily's Place has been a temporary home for more than 50 babies.

"As the first residential infant recovery center that also provides help and services for families of babies suffering from prenatal drug exposure, we are extremely grateful to Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia for recognizing the importance of our program," said Rebecca Crowder, Lily's Place executive director. "This generous contribution will enable Lily's Place to provide much-needed services and support to mothers and families of drug-addicted newborns so they can learn how to best care for their baby at home."

For more information about the services and programs offered by Lily's Place, visit www.lilysplace.org.

About Lily's Place

Lily's Place provides short-term medical care to infants suffering from prenatal drug exposure and offers non-judgmental support, education and counseling for families, all at a savings to the taxpayers of West Virginia. For more information, visit www.lilysplace.org.

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia serves approximately 280,000 customers through the company's health care benefits business and also serves tens of thousands of additional members through the Blue Card program. Highmark West Virginia employs approximately 800 people in Parkersburg, Charleston and Wheeling. Highmark West Virginia is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

For more information, contact:
Kristy Cramlet
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia
304-424-9888
kristy.cramlet@highmarkhealth.org