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Highmark sponsors "Meet Dr. Right" event at Erie Health + Wellness Pavilion Sept. 21

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

PITTSBURGH (Sept. 9, 2016) — Residents of Erie will soon have an opportunity to meet local doctors and learn more about local health care services in an informal, relaxed setting.

Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield are teaming up to offer a a free "Meet Dr. Right" event on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Erie Health + Wellness Pavilion, 4247 West Ridge Road. Parking for this event is free.

Meet Dr. Right events are sponsored by Highmark and provide attendees with the opportunity to meet, mingle and make appointments with physicians from Allegheny Health Network and other community practices.

At the Erie Health + Wellness Pavilion event, local residents can talk with primary care physicians, surgeons, urologists, sports medicine practicioners and other medical specialists from AHN and the nearby community that are accepting new patients.

The 4247 West Ridge Road location is AHN's newest Health + Wellness Pavilion in Erie, offering primary care, pediatrics, sports medicine, physical therapy, X-rays, lab tests and more.

"Finding a doctor that you are comfortable with can be challenging," said Marylou Buyse, M.D., M.S., senior medical director for Highmark. "We provide these free Meet Dr. Right events to help individuals meet and talk with a doctor before they make an appointment. This helps ensure that the patient experience will be a good one."

Attendees can also take advantage of free blood pressure, BMI and Dermascan screenings and meet with health-related vendors offering services locally.

"The free screenings are an important part of the Meet Dr. Right events," said Dr. Buyse. "At one recent event, a blood pressure screening revealed an irregular reading, and we were able to get the individual the appropriate tests and treatments for a serious heart condition that had been showing no signs or symptoms."

Individuals interested in attending the free event should visit the Meet Dr. Right website or call 1-855-856-0319 to register in advance.

About Highmark Inc.

Highmark Inc. and its health insurance subsidiaries and affiliates collectively are among the ten largest health insurers in the United States and comprise the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated organization. Highmark and its diversified businesses and affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.2 million members and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the Blue Card program. Its diversified businesses serve group customer and individual needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related businesses. Highmark is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

For more information, contact:
Anthony Matrisciano
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
570-200-6310
anthony.matrisciano@highmarkhealth.org