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Highmark invites LGBT community to "Meet Dr. Right"

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

PITTSBURGH (June 13, 2017) — It can be difficult for members of the LGBT community to find the right doctors and hospitals — health care providers who understand their needs and respect who they are.

That's why Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is hosting a free "Meet Dr. Right" event on Tuesday, June 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at West Penn Hospital, located at 4800 Friendship Ave. in Pittsburgh.

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 that are accepting new patients.

The June 27 event will offer attendees the opportunity to meet and talk with LGBT-friendly doctors and specialists, plus talk with organizations from the Pittsburgh area that support LGBT individuals and issues.

"Our goal with this event is to let everyone know that there are resources and options available for health care right here in Pittsburgh for LGBT individuals," said Rhonda Moore Johnson, MD, MPH, senior medical director for Highmark. "Bringing that information together in one place is a great opportunity for LGBT individuals and their friends and family to learn more about living a healthier life."

Attendees can also take advantage of free health screenings, such as cholesterol, glucose, and blood pressure screenings.

In support of the LGBT community, Highmark has sponsored the Pittsburgh Pride events and parade since 2008, including this year's event on June 10. Internally, Highmark has established an LGBT Business Resource Group made up of employees to help enhance professional growth, promote cultural competency and multicultural awareness. Highmark was also recently named a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.

Individuals interested in attending the free event should visit www.meet-dr-right.com or call 1-855-856-0319 to register in advance.

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Highmark Inc., doing business as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, serves approximately 3.3 million members through the company's health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the BlueCard® program. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is the market leader in commercial market share, and has strong Medicare Advantage market share as well. Highmark, through its health plan affiliates and subsidiaries, is the largest and highest-rated Medicare Advantage program in Pennsylvania with a CMS rating of 4.5 Stars. In western Pennsylvania, its unaided brand awareness, brand preference and overall brand rating are significantly higher than its closest competitor. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield employs nearly 4,000 people in western and northeastern Pennsylvania. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield 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
Office: 570-200-6310
570-574-0050
anthony.matrisciano@highmarkhealth.org