Seeking nominations for senior volunteers who make an impact

(Grand Rapids, Mich. - July 22, 2014)
Priority Health invites the community to celebrate seniors who commit their time and talents to local nonprofit organizations across Michigan.

Through the seventh annual Senior Impact Awards, Priority Health is seeking nominations for senior volunteers who make a difference in the lives of others through dedicated community service. Award winners receive statewide recognition and earn a $1,000 donation for the nonprofit organization where they volunteer.

"This program celebrates senior volunteers who put their time, energy and commitment to work in their communities," said Wayne Wilson, vice president of senior programs for Priority Health. "It's easy to make a donation, but giving your personal time takes real dedication."

In the past seven years of the Senior Impact Awards, Priority Health has recognized 33 individuals across Michigan and provided nearly $35,000 to local nonprofits. Last year the award recipients included Dr. Patricia Quattrin of Berrien County for Benton Harbor Girls Association, Dan Eagles of Montcalm County for Habitat for Humanity, Judy Kinkle of Saginaw County for Hospital Hospitality House and Luella Jahsan of Oakland County for the St. Vincent and Sarah Fischer Center. Each award recipient is profiled at

The Senior Impact Award program is open to all Michigan residents age 63 and older who volunteer for a nonprofit organization. The award winners are chosen based on their exceptional contributions, as well as their ability to inspire and motivate others. Award winners are determined by combining the results of an online community vote and recommendations from community leaders. Finalist voting will be available on the Priority Health Medicare Facebook page starting in August.

The nomination form is available at Nominations must be received by July 30, 2014.

About Priority Health:

Priority Health is an award-winning, Michigan-based non-profit health plan nationally recognized for improving the health and lives of the people it serves. It continues to lead the industry in engaging members in their health, delivering effective health and disease management programs and working with physicians to improve health care outcomes and performance. Priority Health is one of only 20 health plans nationwide offering wellness programs accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, an organization which also rated it among the best health plans in the nation. The State of Michigan named the Priority Health HMO the benchmark plan for all individual and group HMO plans to model.

Priority Health offers a broad portfolio of health benefit options for employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Its network of health care providers features 95 percent of practicing physicians available in Michigan and more than 900,000 health care providers nationwide.