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McLaren Health Plan named Top Workplace

FLINT — McLaren Health Plan is among Michigan’s top workplaces in 2011, according to its employees and the Detroit Free Press. Detroit Free Press’ Top Workplaces recently recognized McLaren Health Plan in the small employer category at the breakfast celebration on Nov. 10. “We are thrilled that more people will get to know the great people at McLaren Health Plan,” said Kathy Kendall, president and CEO of McLaren Health Plan. “Creating an excellent work environment is one way of showing we appreciate our employees. Our team truly cares about the service they provide to our members and providers.” McLaren Health Plan was among 100 Michigan companies and nonprofit organizations honored at the ceremony. The Top Workplaces survey determines rankings through employees’ anonymous responses to a set of 24 questions about key workplace factors such as managers, working conditions and career opportunities. McLaren Health Plan is an award-winning health plan that serves businesses and residents throughout northern, southeast and mid- Michigan, with a provider network that includes more than 60 hospitals and 15,000 physicians within 28 counties. — G.G.

“Boots for Kids” aims to warm 2,000 feet

GENESEE COUNTY — Homelessness is on the rise, and with winter on its way, the statistics are chilling. The number of homeless children has climbed to more than 1,500 in Genesee and Saginaw counties alone, and a local non-profit health plan is asking local communities to help these children stay warm and dry this winter. From now until the end of January, Health Alliance Plan (HAP) will collect new children’s winter boots and distribute them to Carriage Town Ministries of Flint, Flint Eastside Mission, Outreach East in Davison, Good Samaritan Rescue Mission in Bay City, City Rescue Mission of Saginaw, Love INC of Greater Lapeer and Pathway Shelter of Port Huron. In 2010, with the help of more than 20 community partners, HAP collected 650 pairs of children’s boots (more than $16,000 estimated value). HAP anticipates a greater demand for boots this year as homeless rates continue to rise, so it’s set a lofty goal to collect 1,000 pairs of boots — including larger sizes for teens — this year. As in past years, HAP is teaming up with local health insurance agents and other community partners who have volunteered to collect boots at their offices throughout Bay, Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Saginaw and St. Clair counties. Local retailers, chambers of commerce and other organizations have also stepped up to support the cause by donating merchandise, gift cards and cash. Boots can be dropped off at HAP’s East Central regional office and several locations throughout the area. For a complete listing of drop-off locations, visit bootsforkids. Businesses or individuals interested in becoming Boots for Kids community partners may contact Anita Moliterno at 810-230-7404 or Follow our progress on Twitter at @hapmichigan.— G.G.

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