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Monday, February 12, 2024

Kathleen McKenzie, VP Community Affairs at Highmark Blue Shield named 2024 Health Care Hero by Central Penn Business Journal

Camp Hill, Pa. (February 12, 2024) — Central Penn Business Journal has selected Kathleen McKenzie, VP Community Affairs at Highmark Blue Shield as a 2024 Health Care Heroes recipient.

Health Care Heroes recognizes individuals and organizations for making significant contributions to improving health care in Central Pennsylvania. To be eligible, honorees must live in or work in Central Pennsylvania. The honorees were selected by the editors of Central Penn Business Journal.

Kathleen McKenzie oversees corporate grants management, community programs and volunteerism for Central Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley and Northeastern PA. She is responsible for the development and execution of defined strategies that promote Highmark’s corporate Community Affairs initiatives and the coordination of strategic provider relationships.

McKenzie currently serves the boards of the Capital Region United Way and Ronald McDonald House of Central PA. 

The awards will be presented at the Health Care Heroes Awards & Summit, which recognizes excellence and innovation, educates the region on health care issues and honors the efforts of organizations and individuals making a significant impact on the quality of health care in Central Pennsylvania.

Health Care Heroes Awards are presented in the following categories: Advancements and Innovation in Health Care, Allied Health Hero, Community Outreach/Education Hero, Lifetime Achievement, Management, Mental Health Care Hero, Nurse of the Year, Nurse Practitioner of the Year, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Physician Assistant of the Year, Physician of the Year and Special Needs Hero. Kathleen was recognized as a Health Care Hero in the Community Outreach/Education Hero category.

“The 2024 Health Care Heroes go above and beyond to improve the quality of health care in Central Pennsylvania. They work tirelessly to improve the lives of others and demonstrate strong empathy, compassion and listening skills,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, managing director of BridgeTower Media/Central Penn Business Journal. “The accomplishments of this year’s honorees are incredibly noteworthy, and we are delighted to celebrate them.”

For more information on the 2024 Health Care Heroes, visit

About Highmark Blue Shield
Highmark Inc., doing business as Highmark Blue Shield, protects Pennsylvania individuals and families with a range of high-quality, affordable and reliable health insurance solutions. As the only Blue Shield licensee in Pennsylvania, Highmark Blue Shield has a long and successful history of delivering remarkable experiences in Southeastern Pennsylvania through the Federal Employee Program. Highmark Blue Shield earned a Brand Excellence Award from the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, in recognition of its efforts in building brand strength and providing superior customer service, solid financial performance and enrollment growth. Highmark is also annually recognized as a "Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality" from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and a "Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion" through the Disability Equality Index® a leading national benchmark established jointly by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN. Highmark 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

About Central Penn Business Journal
Central Penn Business Journal is the leading source of business news and information in Central Pennsylvania for the past 40 years. In addition to breaking news on its multimedia news site at, it also publishes a biweekly print edition. Central Penn Business Journal publishes various special focus sections on topics such as real estate and construction and mergers and acquisitions in addition to the yearly Book of Lists. It also hosts 11 annual events, including Women of Influence, Reader Rankings, Fastest Growing Companies and Best Places to Work in PA, to recognize excellence and provide leadership opportunities. In addition, the Central Penn Business Journal facilitates webinars bringing local experts from the business community together to discuss current topics and trends. Its Digital Marketing Solutions helps customers with social media, search engine marketing and optimization, retargeting, email marketing and more. Central Penn Business Journal and its sister publication, Lehigh Valley Business, which covers business in the Lehigh Valley, are part of BridgeTower Media, the leading provider of B2B information, research, events and marketing solutions across more than 25 U.S. markets and industries.

For more information, contact:

Emily Kostelnik
Highmark Health

Leilyn Perri
Highmark Inc.